How do I create an Instagram Carousel post?

If you have a connected Instagram Business Profile to Sprout, you can publish up to 10 images to Instagram as a Carousel post via Sprout's desktop app.

This article contains the following sections:

Getting started

Before you publish your Carousel to Instagram, make sure that you convert your Instagram profile to an Instagram Business Profile, and then connect that Business Profile to Sprout.

Tip: A quick way to verify if your Instagram Business Profile has been successfully connected to Sprout is to check the Screen_Shot_2018-06-06_at_3.20.00_PM.png and see if it's gray. If it is, that means that choosing a Publisher for your Instagram post is optional and the image can be published directly to your profile.

Creating a Carousel post

To create your Carousel post:


  1. Open Compose in Sprout desktop or mobile app.
  2. Select your Instagram Business Profile from the Profile Picker.
  3. Add your content for the post.
  4. Select up to 10 images. Note that you can't combine images and videos in your carousels right now.
  5. (Optional) Add user tags to your images. You can tag a user profile in each image you include in your Carousel.
  6. Choose your Instagram Options:
    • (Optional) - Add details for your Instagram First Comment.
    • (Optional) - Add a Post Link to appear in your SproutLink site.
  7. Choose your Sprout Tags (for Professional and Advanced plans):
    • (Optional) - Enter the name of any applicable labels.
    • (Optional) - Enter the name of any campaigns the post is a part of. 
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  8. Choose when to post:
    • Select Immediately, Auto schedule with Sprout Queue or Specific Days & Times.
  9. Click Submit or Send.

Carousel FAQs

Can I post carousels directly using Sprout's mobile app?

No. If you create or edit a scheduled carousel post in the mobile app, it still requires a mobile publisher.

What image specs can I use?

  • Format: JPEG
  • File size: 8 MB maximum.
  • Aspect ratio: Must be within a 4:5 to 1.91:1 range
  • Minimum width: 320 (will be scaled up to the minimum if necessary)
  • Maximum width: 1440 (will be scaled down to the maximum if necessary)

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