New to Sprout Social? Learn how our Draft functionality fits into our social media publishing suite here.

If you need to quickly jot down an idea for a piece of content or start work on a message that you want to revisit later, save your message as a Draft. Depending on your team’s workflow, you can use Drafts as collaborative space where multiple users can manage messages.

Creating a Draft

You can create a Draft post directly from Compose. To create a draft post:

  1. Click Screen_Shot_2021-09-10_at_1.14.17_PM.png to open Compose.
  2. Select the profiles you want to post to from the Profile Picker.
  3. Craft your message adding any emojis, locations, media, assets or commerce links.
  4. Toggle This is a Draft to ON. When you perform this action, a yellow banner appears across the top of the Compose window letting you know that the message is a Draft and won't be published.
  5. Apply any additional options like Instagram Options, Publishing Workflows, Label tags or Campaigns.
  6. Click Save

Managing Drafts

You can find your draft messages in Publishing > Drafts. This section shows drafted messages for every profile that you have at least Read Only privileges for. You can also see your Draft posts directly on the Content Calendar. 

Use the Filter Menu to filter drafts by type, profiles, tags and asset authors.


By default, newest drafts appear at the top of the list, and Approval Activity for each draft shows the original creation time and author. Subsequent changes to a draft don't affect these pieces of information, but add to Approval Activity. Any user with Needs Approval, Can Reply or Full Publishing privileges for a profile can edit drafted messages for that profile, even if they weren't the author of the original draft.

To make changes to a draft, click Hollow_Edit.png at the bottom-right of the message. Or reschedule a draft by clickingScreen_Shot_2021-08-20_at_11.23.45_AM.png.

When editing a draft, you can save, schedule or add it to the Sprout Queue, just like when composing a new message.

#SproutTip: If you’re looking to craft similar posts for multiple profiles, but want to tailor them individually for each network, select the desired social profiles in Compose, and then save the post as a draft. Individual drafts get created for each network attached in the Profile Picker, so you can ensure they are personalized for each audience.

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