You can now schedule Instagram Stories with Publer | Fast and Easy

Here is an extensive guide on how to schedule Instagram Stories right now! (And why do you need to!)

Without a doubt, Instagram has become a fully-fledged social media powerhouse by successfully combining features that make today’s social media world. 

Originally a photo-sharing social network, Instagram now houses an array of cool features such as Stories, Filters, Lives, Product Catalogs, and recently: Reels – You can now schedule them directly from Publer.

And while, yes, everyone is focused on the trending reels nowadays, research shows that Instagram stories remain one of the main features of why users choose Instagram as their favorite social media platform.

Official Instagram data shows that half a billion users use Stories daily to interact with their audiences and engage more creatively.

However, business accounts are the ones that truly harness the full power of Instagram Stories by showcasing their products/services and engaging directly with their audiences on Instagram. A whopping 58% of the people surveyed said they became more interested in a brand/product after seeing it in Stories.

Instagram Stories for businesses
Official Instagram Data

That is why you should immediately consider creating an Instagram Stories plan for your Business/Brand. And we are not talking about posting every now and then a couple of stories – without a consistent schedule. 

We want you to schedule ahead all your planned Instagram Stories – just like you do with any other content you regularly post through our platform.

Schedule Your IG Stories Now!

Schedule Instagram Stories with Publer

Scheduling Instagram Stories has been one of the most popular user demands here at Publer. 

Due to Instagram API limitations, we could not implement the feature like any other media schedule on Publer. So we decided to find a workaround. Hence, the Publer App.

What can Publer App do for you

Publer has been the top social media scheduling tool for more than 130,000 users worldwide, supporting the widest selection of popular social platforms through an intuitive platform that does the basics and includes many unique features for all power users. (Bulk Scheduling, RSS Feed Automation, etc.) 

However, we knew Publer needed to become more accessible. The platform needed to go mobile. And it did. 

✨ This summer, we launched the new Publer App! ✨
Available now for Beta testing both on iOS and Android.

Publer App is now available for both iOS and Android.

The App not only allows users to have control over their socials while on the go but also allows our team to implement some new cool features, such as push notifications, that will finally allow you to schedule Instagram Stories!

Push Notifications

Push notifications are a great way for you to stay on top of your social channels and get alerts whenever something happens inside your Publer. They allow us to remind you of important actions that need to be done – such as approving scheduled posts or even sharing your IG Stories.

What you’ll need before scheduling

1️⃣ Get the App

To start scheduling Instagram Stories with Publer, you’ll need to download the Publer App for your iOS or Android smartphone. After you’ve installed the App, you can schedule Stories directly from your phone or through publer.io

If you prefer to schedule your Stories from the website, please keep in mind that you’ll need to log in on both your App and the website for the Stories to get scheduled. If you’re not logged in, a popup will remind you to activate the app.

Download the Publer App, now available both on Android and iOS.

2️⃣ Have the right format

Instagram stories are designed to occupy the full screen of your phone, so keep in mind that for your Stories to look perfect, they need to have a 9:16 aspect ratio with the recommended size of 1080px by 1920px.

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You can make sure you are scheduling Instagram Stories in the right format by using our Canva or VistaCreate integrations to design your content. Their platforms have exact resolutions for IG Stories or any other social media format and offer thousands of templates for you to get your creative groove on.

And if your content still needs cropping, just hit “edit” on the uploaded image. Publer’s own Built-In Photo Editor can quickly edit visuals with the correct aspect ratios for any channel you choose.

How to schedule Instagram Stories using Publer

The process is quite intuitive, really. All you need to do is:

  • Log in to your Publer account both on your App and desktop.
  • Select the Instagram account where you’d like to schedule Stories.
  • Click on the “Story” tab right next to “Feed.”
  • Upload the content you’d like to schedule, select from your library, Unsplash, or even create it right away with Canva & VistaCreate.
  • Write down the text you’d like to insert into your Story.
  • Hit Schedule, or Post it immediately.
Scheduling & Previewing Instagram Stories with Publer
Scheduling & Previewing Instagram Stories with Publer
  • When the time comes, you’ll get a notification on your App where you can copy the text you’d like to insert into your Story and tap on the media, which will redirect you immediately to the Instagram app, where you can just hit “Share.”
How to publish Instagram Stories with Publer App
1- Tap on the notification 2- Tap to open Instagram 3- Hit “Share”

If you prefer to use the Publer App for Story scheduling, you don’t need to be logged in on publer.io to schedule. You just:

  • Tap the big + button
  • Select the Instagram account.
  • Tap on the “Story” tab
  • Insert your media
  • And hit “Schedule” – Or any other action you’d like to do.

The App will again remind you when the time comes for you to just hit “share” on your Instagram App.

For a more in-depth guide on how to schedule Instagram Stories using Publer, please watch our YouTube video below or consult our Help Center article regarding IG Stories.

✨ And that’s it! ✨

You are now a master of IG Story Scheduling from Publer! Now you just have to make sure you are using the feature in a way that is helping your social media marketing efforts. To do that, we recommend starting with a simple content plan that can be built around your Brand and personality.

‘Till the next big feature! (It’s coming much sooner than you think, we promise.)

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