Instagram and Facebook have updated their privacy policies due to which it is not possible for third-party apps, including social media schedulers, to post on private profiles directly. However, using RecurPost, you can create an one-off post and schedule them. We will help you post them via push notifications. Let’s see the steps.
To get started, you need to first log in to your RecurPost account. In case you haven’t made an account yet, click here to sign up.
Also, make sure that you are logged in to your Instagram and Facebook accounts that you want to connect to RecurPost. You need to log in to those accounts both in your desktop’s browser and on mobile applications.
After logging in to these accounts, follow the steps given below to create posts using RecurPost:
Step 1: Connect your Instagram personal profile and Facebook profile
While on your dashboard, on the left-hand side, you’ll see all the social platforms that RecurPost supports.
Upon clicking ‘ADD’ option, you’ll see the following pop-up:
In order to add Facebook Profile or Instagram Personal Profile, you need to enable option Show accounts that support posting only via push notifications.
Select ‘Profile’ option under Instagram’s section to add Instagram Personal Profile.
You may be asked to log in to your account if you are not already logged in through your browser.
Don’t worry, RecurPost never sees or stores your account password. We connect accounts through APIs so as to practice better security and privacy of the user.
After you enter the credentials, RecurPost will ask you to give certain permissions. Note that these permissions are necessary for scheduling and posting on your accounts. If you refuse to give our app permissions, we will not be able to post on your behalf as a result.
Click on ‘Allow’ and you’ll be redirected to RecurPost. A pop-up window will appear asking you to download RecurPost’s application. After downloading it, you need to log in to your account and enable push notifications from Settings.
When you have turned the notifications on, click on ‘I’ve enabled Push notification’ button, and you’ll see the following message:
This is the process in which you will be able to post on your Instagram personal profile. Click on ‘Done’ and your Instagram personal profile will be successfully connected to RecurPost.
Repeat the same process for connecting your Facebook profile.
Now let’s see the process of creating posts in detail.
Step 2: Create a One-off Post
You can create either Recurring Post or One-off Post. Let’s create a one-off post here for the understanding. First head over to your Dashboard and simply click on the “Write a Post” button under One-off Post box. This is where you will be creating your one-off post.
From there, you will be able to add in all the details of your post including the message i.e. description/caption. You can also add images, GIFs, links, hashtags, video or canva image to your post. It is also possible to create bags of hashtags and use them while creating posts. Add all the details and select the Instagram profile/Facebook profile icon on which you want to share the post.
Now, in case you also want to add this post to your library as well for later use or editing, you can do so by ticking ‘Make this a recurring post instead’ box. This means that your one-off post will also be saved to your selected libraries which you can later edit as per your preference.
Once you’re done with that, it’s now time to schedule your post. You can do so by ticking the ‘Schedule for later’ button and selecting your preferred date and time of posting like shown below:
Click on the ‘SCHEDULE’ button after entering all the details. If you haven’t set up a schedule and want to share your post instantly, uncheck the ‘Schedule for later’ button click on ‘POST NOW’.
Now, in case of Instagram :
You will get a push notification on your mobile immediately. (On the selected time in case of a scheduled post) Tap on it and all your added data will be copied in your phone’s memory. Next, select where you wish to share the post – Feed, Story or Reel. Your post will show up and then you can complete the upload process.
In case of Facebook :
If you select ‘POST NOW’, your data will be copied and you will be taken to your Facebook profile in a new tab in your web browser right away. From here, you can add additional details and post it.
However, if you have scheduled the post for a later time, you will get a push notification through RecurPost’s mobile app. Tapping on it will take you to Facebook app on your mobile and your data will be copied in your phone’s memory . You can make your post live from this screen.
Step 3: Create a Recurring Post
There are 2 ways to add recurring posts. One is from Dashboard page and second is from Recurring Posts page.
Adding a recurring post to the library is pretty much the same as creating a one-off post. When you create an account, few libraries will be set up by default. You can use them or you can create new libraries by clicking on the ‘ADD NEW LIBRARY’ button.
Here, let’s see how to add a post from the Recurring Posts page. Click on the library that you wish to add post. Inside the library, you will get multiple options to add post.
For adding a single post, click on the ‘ADD RECURRING POST’ button in the center and following window will appear:
Add all the details such as description, images, videos, or links. For posts in your library, you can also select whether you want to keep them as drafts until a certain date. These posts will basically be on stand-by until their ‘release date’.
After the release date, they will start going out to your social accounts recurringly according to your schedule. You can also choose to make these posts stop going out to your social accounts after a certain ‘expiry date’.
Now, if you want a particular post to go out next before any other post from the library, you can click on ‘Schedule Next’ button by selecting the ellipsis ‘⋮‘ at the right corner of your post. Clicking this button will set this post as a priority. Once have set all of that up, go ahead and click on the ‘Add To Library’ button.
Add posts in Bulk:
RecurPost supports uploading content in bulk in various ways. You will see multiple options to add post in bulk. Let’s see add content in bulk.
You can type in or paste multiple captions that you want as a post, one per line, as shown in the image below:
Now click on ‘Generate preview’ to add in other details like images or links for each post. Each line you’ve written will be divided into an individual post, as shown in the images below:
When you are done adding the detail in each post, click on ‘ADD TO LIBRARY’.
Similarly, you can also upload multiple images by clicking on the ‘ADD MEDIA’ button, and a preview will be generated where you can add in other details like text or links.
In addition to the above ways, you can upload content in 3 other ways. Inside the library, you’ll see all these options: Import from a CSV, Import from a website and Import from a social account.
When you are done adding the posts, you need to add recurring schedules to share posts from this library in a recurring manner. First, go to “RECURRING TIME SLOTS” tab in this library and click on ‘ADD RECURRING SCHEDULE’ button.
Here, you need to select social accounts and set the frequency in which you want to share the posts. For example, if you set the frequency to Monday at 5:00 PM for one social account, your posts will go one by one every Monday at 5:00 PM on your selected social account. Once all the posts have been shared, the cycle will again start from the first one.
After setting the time and selecting the account on which you want to share posts, click on ‘ADD TIME SLOt’.
Now, when it’s the time for a post to go live, you will receive a push notification on your mobile. The data will be copied and you will be taken to your Instagram/Facebook’s profile where you can complete the uploading process.
That’s it for creating posts for Instagram and Facebook’s personal profiles using RecurPost! If you have any queries, contact us at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.