How do I use the Instagram mobile publishing workflow?

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Use Sprout's Instagram mobile publishing workflow to post Instagram content on-the-go.

Using this workflow, create your posts in Sprout's desktop or mobile app, then assign a Mobile Publisher to publish the content to your Instagram account based on the time/day you specify. 

If you're posting a single photo or video, or Instagram Story WITHOUT Story Notes or Instagram app features, you don't need to use the mobile publishing workflow. Follow this how-to instead.

This article contains the following sections:

How do I schedule a Story via Sprout's desktop app?

To schedule an Instagram Story using Sprout’s desktop version:

  1. Open Compose.
  2. Select the Instagram profile you want to post a Story to from the Profile Picker. You can only select one Instagram profile.
  3. Toggle This is a story on.
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  4. Click image12.pngto add images or videos.
  5. Choose media from your desktop, Bynder, Canva, Dropbox or Google Drive.
  6. Select up to 10 photos or videos (up to 2 minutes 30 seconds) to add as the Story.
    • Video Extensions: .mp4, .mov, Max File Size: 650 MB, Max Length: 2.5 minutes
    • Image Extensions: .jpg, .png, Max File Size: 20 MiB
  7. Click image16.pngand then click Add Mobile Publisher Notes.
  8. Add Mobile Publisher Notes and/or a Link Sticker URL for each Story frame.
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  9. (Optional) Select an Approval Workflow in the Publishing Workflows section.
  10. Assign a Mobile Publisher if you're using Mobile Publisher Notes or want to use other creative tools in the Instagram app for your Story.
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  11. Select the date and time you want to post the Story. Or create a Draft, Queue the Story or Send it right away.
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  12. Click Schedule or Submit. Your Story is scheduled and appears on the Publishing Calendar.

How do I publish a Story with the iOS app?

To publish the Story on an iOS device:

  1. Tap the Story Push Notification you receive or navigate to Publishing > Reminders and tap on the Story you want to publish.
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  2. Tap Continue to Instagram. A list of reminders appears.
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  3. Review the reminders and then tap OK, I’m ready to post. The Instagram app opens.

    If you haven’t published using the app before, tap Allow Access to All Photos on the permission popup.

  4. Tap the + icon in the top right corner and select Story from the list.
  5. Select the media from your device that was downloaded from Sprout.
  6. Navigate back to the Sprout app and tap image1.png to copy and paste any Story Notes or Link Sticker URLs.
    • Paste Story Notes on the media they correspond with.
    • Paste Link Sticker URLs into the Link Sticker option that Instagram provides for Stories.
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  7. Tap image6.png in Instagram to post.

How do I publish a Story using the Android app?

To publish the Story on an Android device:

  1. Tap the Push Notification you receive or navigate to Publishing > Reminders, and tap on the Story you want to publish.
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  2. Tap Continue to Instagram. A list of reminders appears.
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  3. Review the reminders and then tap OK, I’m ready to post. The Instagram app opens.
  4. Tap the + icon in the bottom center of the Instagram app to toggle to Story.
  5. Select the media from your device that was downloaded from Sprout.
  6. Navigate back to the Sprout app and tap image1.png to copy and paste any Story Notes or Link Sticker URLs.
    • Paste Story Notes on the media they correspond with.
    • Paste Link Sticker URLs into the Link Sticker option that Instagram provides for Stories.
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  7. Tap image6.png in Instagram to post.

How can I preview my Instagram Grid?

From Sprout's mobile app, you can get a preview of what your Instagram Grid will look like once your scheduled posts go live.

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Select the Instagram Profiles you want to view the grid for from the Publishing Calendar. Tap Screen_Shot_2022-01-27_at_1.15.13_PM.png under the post to see what your Instagram Grid will look like on that given day.

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