Using Instagram with Buffer
With Buffer, you can visually plan and schedule your Instagram posts, carousels, stories and reels, get personalized recommendations on your posting strategy, and engage with your Instagram community, all in one place.
This article contains the following sections:
- Connecting and refreshing your Instagram account
- How Instagram works with Buffer
- Scheduling Instagram posts, reels, and stories
- Image, video, and feature specifications by post type
- Engaging with Instagram posts
- Instagram analytics
- Instagram error library
These features are available for Instagram
Connecting and refreshing your Instagram account
You can connect multiple Instagram business or creator accounts to Buffer. To see a step-by-step guide and troubleshooting steps, checkout the following articles:
- Connecting your Instagram business or creator account to Buffer
- Troubleshooting Facebook and Instagram connections
If your connected Instagram requires a refresh, check out the article Refreshing a channel in Buffer.
Instagram has a limit of five active accounts per device, so if you are managing more than five Instagram accounts in Buffer, we recommend checking out our guide to Working with multiple Instagram accounts.
How Instagram works with Buffer
Instagram works slightly differently from other social networks in that posts can either be:
|Direct Scheduled Posts||Reminder Posts|
Posts can be published to Instagram automatically if they're within Instagram's accepted aspect ratio range and the following type of post:
Posts containing an image or video that falls outside of Instagram's accepted aspect ratio range will be scheduled as reminders.
A reminder doesn't publish automatically. Instead, we send a notification to your phone that guides you in taking the final publishing steps manually. Learn more in the article: Using Instagram reminders.
⚠️ If you have an Instagram account connected, you also must set up reminders on your mobile device to ensure you don't miss any posts that defaulted to reminders. (Download our mobile app on iOS or Android).
Scheduling Instagram posts, reels, and stories
Check out a quick overview of scheduling features available for Instagram below.
|Features & good-to-knows||Notes|
|Scheduling posts, reels, and stories||Checkout our step-by-step guides to Scheduling Instagram posts, reels and stories. Plus, check out some good to knows below.|
|Scheduling in the mobile app||
We have two posts that can help you get started posting to Instagram in the mobile app:
|Tagging / mentions||
To tag / mention another Instagram account in your post or reel caption, type in the exact handle (we are unfortunately unable to search @usernames as you type). Once published to Instagram, the account you mentioned will become hyperlinked. Learn more about adding @ mentions (tags) here.
Tagging users in images is only available on direct scheduled posts. It’s not available for reels, stories, or posts scheduled as reminders.
|Instagram Shop Grid||Add a link to each of your posts, and then view all of your posts in a clickable grid via the link in your Instagram bio. Learn more about Instagram Shop Grid here.|
|Daily posting limit||50 posts per 24 hours (this includes all posts, stories, and reels shared within a 24 hour period). Learn more about Daily posting limits here.|
|Character limit||2,200 characters per post.|
|Image descriptions / alt text||Due to API limitations, we are not able to add alt text to Instagram posts, reels, stories, or reminders.|
|Reposts||Unfortunately, it is not possible to schedule Instagram reposts. However, you can share one of your own posts again using Buffer’s Share Again feature.|
|Adding a location||Learn more here: How locations work when scheduling Instagram posts through Buffer.|
|Carousel posts||Enjoy publishing carousel posts through Buffer. Instagram carousel posts do not support mixed media, meaning you will not be able to create a post containing both an image and video.|
|Hashtags||In the composer, type the hashtags you'd like to use. When the post is published, the hashtags will hyperlink just as if they were sent from the native platform itself. Learn more about How hashtags work in Buffer.|
Scheduling Good to Knows
- Due to API limitations, we're not able to add trending music to posts or reels at this time.
- Due to API limitations, it is not possible to direct schedule stories on creator accounts.
- If you are sharing the URL of an Instagram post to another social network, we are unable to generate a link preview. Learn more about Sharing Facebook and Instagram links through Buffer.
📝 If your Instagram posts are not being published automatically when they should be, check out our troubleshooting guide here: Why aren't my Instagram posts sending automatically?
Image, video, and feature specifications by post type
(up to 10, between 4:5 and 1.91:1 aspect ratio)
(suggested aspect ratio is 9:16)
(video must be between 4:5 and 16:9 aspect ratio)
(video must be between 4:5 and 16:9 aspect ratio)
(recommended size is 9:16; frame rate must be between 23 fps and 60 fps)
|Video length||between 3 and 60 seconds||5 seconds and 15 minutes for reels||between 3 and 60 seconds|
|Video size||100MB or smaller||100MB or smaller||100MB or smaller|
|Adding a location||✓||✓||X|
Engaging with Instagram posts
Once your posts are published, you can use our engagement features to see your comments and reply, all in one view. Learn more about Engaging with Facebook and Instagram comments here.
We can post all day, but the real excitement comes when seeing the reactions to our posts. If you’re on the Essentials, Team, or Agency plans, you’ll find all of your stats within the analytics tab.
There are two places to look for analytics in your Buffer account:
To get a quick view of each of your Instagram posts' likes and comments, head to the Publishing tab and then the Sent Posts tab.
To dive straight into advanced analytics for your Instagram account, select Instagram on the left-hand side and peruse the tabs:
- Overview: gives insight into your overall engagement levels for your profile over time. Learn more about the Performance overview on your analytics dashboard.
- Posts: provides a history of all of your published posts and how they are performing. Learn more about Analyzing your posts within your analytics dashboard.
Answers: shares answers to questions such as the best day, type, and frequency to post. Learn more about Answering questions about your social media strategy.
Feel free to also learn more about our Instagram metric descriptions.
📝 When you first connect an Instagram channel, we will be able to backfill up to six months of data (excluding Stories data). Learn more about Why your data in Buffer might differ from your native analytics here.
Instagram error library
If you're [unfortunately] hitting Instagram errors in Buffer, the Instagram error library is the place to go for solutions.
📝Do you have an Instagram feature suggestion? We’d love for you to submit or upvote it here on our feature suggestions board.