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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?

📝 Although you do have access to drafts via the mobile app, this article is designed to help users with the Buffer web app. All instructions and screenshots are taken from the web app. For saving and scheduling drafts on mobile, click here.

📝 For steps on the drafts approval process, visit the Managing and approving draft posts article.

Let's start with frequently asked questions. For a more in-depth understanding of how this feature works, feel free to read through the rest of this guide.

💡Your Questions Answered

  • 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.

This article contains the following sections:

  1. Accessing your draft posts
  2. Saving and scheduling posts from the drafts area
  3. Saving and scheduling drafts from the composer
  4. Saving and scheduling drafts from the calendar
  5. Scheduling drafts to multiple social channels at once

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.

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.

Saving and scheduling 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. 

Let's explore other ways to create draft posts. 

Saving and scheduling drafts from the queue

To start your draft from. your queue, click on the blue Create 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.

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. 

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.

📝 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.

Saving and scheduling 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. 

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.

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