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 a one-off update and also schedule updates and we’ll 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 updates 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 any of those accounts, you’ll see the following pop-up:
Select the option of ‘Personal profile’ under Instagram’s section.
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 ‘Authorize’ 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 updates in detail.
Step 2: Create one-off updates
First, head over to your Dashboard or Queue Page and simply click on the “Click here to share a one-off update on your social accounts” box. This is where you’ll be creating your one-off update.
From there, you will be able to add in all the details of your update including the message i.e. description/caption. You can also add images, GIFs, links, hashtags, or videos to your update. It is also possible to create bags of hashtags and use them while creating updates. Add all the details and select the Instagram profile/Facebook profile icon on which you want to post the update.
Now, in case you also want to add this update to your library as well for later use or editing, you can do so by ticking the ‘Add this update to libraries too’ box. This means that your one-off update will also be copied to your selected libraries which you can later edit as per your preference. We’ll talk about adding content to libraries later in the third step.
Once you’re done with that, it’s now time to schedule your update. You can do so by ticking the ‘Schedule Update’ 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 post your update instantly, uncheck the ‘Schedule Update’ 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 update) Click on it and all your added data will be copied to clipboard. Next, select where you wish to post the update – Feed or stories. Your update 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. From here, you can add additional details and post your update.
If you have scheduled the update for a later time, you will get a push notification through RecurPost’s mobile app. On clicking it, you’ll be taken to Facebook’s application and your data will be copied. You can make your update live from this screen.
Step 3: Adding updates in library
Adding updates in your library is pretty much the same as adding one-off updates. When you create an account, 3 libraries will be made by default – My blogs, Shareable quotes, and Other people’s content. You can create new libraries by clicking on the ‘Add new library’ button. Now from the Dashboard, click on the library that you wish to add content in.
Inside the library, you’ll get a lot of options to upload content.
For adding a single update, click on the ‘Recurring Updates’ button on the top-right corner and select ‘Add one’ from the drop-down menu. The following window will appear:
Add all the details – description, images, videos, or links. For updates in your library, you can also select whether you want to keep them as drafts until a certain date. These updates will basically be on a 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 updates stop going out to your social accounts after a certain ‘expiry date’.
Now, if you want this update to go out next before any other update from this library, you can click on ‘Make it the next update to go out’ button. Clicking this button will set this update as a priority. Once have set all of that up, go ahead and click on the ‘Add To Library’ button.
Add content in Bulk:
RecurPost supports uploading content in bulk in various ways. Click on the ‘Recurring Updates’ button on the top-right corner and select ‘Add in bulk’ from the drop-down menu. Here, you can either create updates one-by-one or through a CSV file.
You can type in or paste multiple updates/captions that you want as an update, 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 update. Each line you’ve written will be divided into an individual update, as shown in the images below:
When you are done adding the detail of every update, click on ‘Add to Library’.
Similarly, you can also upload multiple media (images, videos, or GIFs) 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 4 other ways. Inside the library, you’ll see all these options: Add content through a link, Import from a CSV file, Import content from website, and Import from a social account.
When you are done adding the updates, you need to set recurring schedules to share updates from this library in a recurring manner. First, go to the RecurPost dashboard. Below the library in which you recently added content, click on the text saying ‘Add schedule’.
Here, you can set the frequency in which you want to share the updates. For example, if you set the frequency to Monday at 5 PM, your updates will go one by one every Monday at 5 PM. When all the updates have been shared, the cycle will again start from the first one.
After setting the time, select the account on which you want to share the updates and click on ‘Add Schedule’.
Now, when it’s the time for an update 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 updates for Instagram and Facebook’s personal profiles using RecurPost! If you have any queries, contact us at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’