Creating, managing, and approving draft posts on the mobile app

The Drafts area in Buffer Publish is a great spot to jot down ideas for posts, as well as create posts that you'd like to submit for approval. The option to request approval on drafts, as well as the ability to approve draft posts, will depend on permissions, which are described within this guide.

📝 This article is is designed to help users with the Buffer mobile app. All instructions and screenshots are taken from the iOS app, and any steps that are different on Android are noted. You can find the desktop version of this article here.

This article contains the following sections:

  1. Creating draft posts
  2. Managing draft posts
  3. Managing approvals

Creating draft posts

On the mobile app, you're able to view and edit draft posts by heading to the Collaboration tab at the bottom of your screen. However, draft posts can only be created on desktop at the moment.

Managing draft posts

The options available when it comes to managing draft posts will depend on your level of permissions. Account owners and users with Full Posting Access are able to edit all drafts, delete all drafts, and move all drafts to the queue, while users with Approval Required Access are able to edit their own drafts, delete their own drafts, and request approval on their own drafts.

Requesting approval on a draft

As a user with Approval Required Access, you will need to request approval of your draft once you're happy with it. Simply tap Request Approval. Your draft will then be moved to the Pending Approval tab.

📝 If you are the account owner or a user with Full Posting Access, you will not have the option to request approval on your drafts.

Adding a draft to the queue

As the account owner, or a user with Full Posting Access, you can move any draft from Drafts to the queue, even if the user who created the draft has not yet requested approval. Simply tap Add to Queue and it will be moved into the next available time slot in the queue.

📝 If a user with Approval Required Access has already requested approval on a post, it will appear in the Awaiting Approval tab. Account owners, and users with Full Posting Access, can review and approve the post there.

Editing a draft

If you want to make modifications to a draft, tap Edit, make any changes you like and then tap Save. Remember, the account owner and users with Full Posting Access can edit any drafts, while users with Approval Required Access can only edit their own.

Deleting a draft

If you'd like to remove a draft completely, simply tap Delete. On Android, you'll need to tap the cross icon towards the top right of the post. Remember, the account owner and users with Full Posting Access can delete any drafts, while users with Approval Required Access can only delete their own.

Managing approvals

Draft posts that users with Approval Required Access have requested approval on will appear in the Awaiting Approval tab, where both the account owner and users with Full Posting Access are able to review and approve them.

Approving a draft post

To approve a post right away, simply tap Approve and it will be moved into the next available time slot in the queue.

Editing a draft post

If you want to make modifications to the post, tap Edit, make any changes you like and then tap Save.

Moving a draft post back to Drafts

If you'd like to move the post back to Drafts, for the user to continue working on it, tap Move to Drafts. The user who created the post will receive an email notification.

Deleting a draft post

If you'd like to remove the post completely, simply tap Delete. On Android, you'll need to tap the cross icon towards the top right of the post.

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