Saving and scheduling draft posts

It's important to capture your creative thoughts (even those partially-developed ones) right when you have them. With Buffer's draft features, you'll be able to save your drafts with or without a pre-scheduled date and time selected. Pretty slick, right?

📝 Looking for the mobile version? See "Creating, managing, and approving draft posts on the mobile app".

📝 Working with a team? Visit the Managing and approving draft posts article.

In this article:

  1. Accessing your draft posts
  2. Creating posts from the drafts area
  3. Creating drafts from the composer
  4. Creating drafts from the calendar
  5. Scheduling drafts to multiple social channels at once
  6. Frequently Asked Questions

Accessing your draft posts

You can find the draft posts for each of your social channels by clicking the social channel's name on the left side of your dashboard and then clicking Drafts.

Click on channel name and then Drafts tab

You will also be able to access all of your pre-scheduled drafts from the calendar so that you have a view of your whole social content plan in one place. Note that if you didn't add a time and date to your draft, it would not appear in your calendar. We'll talk more about pre-scheduled drafts below.

Pre-scheduled drafts will appear on your calendar

Creating drafts from the drafts area

You can create drafts right from the drafts area by typing in the "Create a new draft" composer field. From there, you can save your draft with no date/time specified, or you can pre-schedule the draft by clicking Set Time. Pre-scheduling your draft will not cause it to automatically publish at the date and time you selected unless that draft post is moved to the queue prior to the pre-scheduled date/time. 

When a draft is scheduled and the scheduled time has passed, click Edit on the post and select a new time. Once that's saved, you'll see the Schedule Post option again.

Let's explore other ways to create draft posts. 

Creating drafts from the queue

To start your draft from. your queue, click on the blue + New Post button to open the composer, then begin to craft your post.

When finished composing your draft, if you'd like to store it in the drafts area of your account without specifying a date and time for publishing, click Save as Draft.

Save as Draft in composer

Alternatively, if you know the date and time you'd like your draft to eventually publish, you can pre-schedule your post by clicking on the down-arrow and choosing Schedule Draft. As a reminder, this will not cause your draft to automatically publish at the date and time you selected unless that draft post is moved to the queue prior to the pre-scheduled date/time. 

Schedule Draft option

Speaking of which, the last action that you'll need to take before the draft is fully scheduled is to have someone with full posting access (this could be you or another member of your Buffer organization) click Add to Queue from within your drafts tab.

Schedule draft to queue using Add to Queue option

📝 The campaign you select in the upper-right of your composer currently won't save with your draft. Instead, make sure to edit your post from within the drafts area to select your campaign before adding your post the queue.

Creating drafts from the calendar

If you love the full-context view of the calendar, there's good news: you can schedule and view drafts straight from your calendar view! Let's get into it.

  1. First, you'll click Calendar in the upper left-hand menu from your publishing dashboard.
  2. From there, click on the date and time you’d like to schedule your draft. A composer will pop up and you can start drafting your post.
  3. When finished composing your draft post, click on the Schedule Draft button, and you’ll immediately see your draft populate on your calendar at the date and time you originally selected.

📝 Scheduling your draft will not cause it to automatically publish at the date and time you selected. Instead, it will preset the date and time for publishing, but will still require a user with full posting access to click Add to Queue from the drafts tab before the post is considered ready to publish. Head here to learn more about adding users and setting up permissions in your organization.

The below screenshot shows what it will look like when scheduling your draft from the calendar. Note that there isn't an option to save your post in this case, because you've already pre-selected a date and time in the calendar. 

Schedule drafts via the calendar

Scheduling drafts to multiple social channels at once

Looking at the screenshot above, you can see several social channels selected. When the draft is scheduled (or "saved" if composing your draft from the queue), the draft for each of your social channels will land in their respective drafts tabs.

We share instructions on how to find the draft posts for each of your social channels at the top of this article.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many drafts can I create?

On our Free plan, scheduled drafts will count towards the 10 post limit, meaning that you can have a combined total of 10 drafts and posts per queue (e.g. if you had five scheduled posts in your Mastodon queue and five scheduled draft posts created for Mastodon, you would be at the limit and would not be able to schedule another post or create a new scheduled draft until the total of posts and drafts fell below 10). On our paid plans, you can have a combined total of 2,000 scheduled drafts and posts per queue.

  • Will a draft for one post going to multiple channels be saved as one draft?

No, drafts sent to multiple social channels will be saved as independent drafts within each of those social channels' drafts areas. We share more about this below.

  • Will I be able to see the same drafts in both the mobile app and the web app (from my computer)?

Yes! Your drafts will be synced between mobile and the web, so feel free to work freely between the two.

  • How do I send drafts for approval or approve drafts sent to me?

Collaboration on drafts and approval flows are available on our Team and Agency plans, and all posts sent for approval go through your drafts area. You'll learn more about the process to send draft posts for approval and to approve draft posts in this article: Managing and approving draft posts

  • After a draft is scheduled as a post, can it be reverted back into a draft?

It sure can! You can move any post from your queue back to drafts by clicking on the down-arrow next to the Share Now button and choosing Move to Drafts.

  • Can I collaborate on drafts with my team?

Yes! Click the speech bubble icon in the upper right corner of the draft (kind of like this: 💬) to create a Note. Learn more about Collaborating on content with Notes in Buffer.

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