Since you can now plan & schedule your Instagram, Facebook and Twitter posts in Sked Social, we've prepared this quick guide on adding different Instagram accounts to Sked.
If you're looking for info on how to upload content to Sked, check out our step-by-step guide.
Before you start: check you're ready
When you add the account, make sure you have first:
- Added an email address to the Instagram account and verified it (check there is an email in your Instagram profile page, if there is you're fine!). You don't need to use the same email on the Instagram account as you use for Sked. You will probably need access to this email though (either your own or be able to ask the client).
- Added a phone number to the Instagram account and verified it (check there is a phone number in your profile). This is private – nobody can see the number – but Instagram can sometimes stop you being able to upload anything until you have added one. (IMPORTANT)
- Logged in lately with on your own device/phone (to check there aren't any outstanding queries or errors).
- Make sure the account has at least 3 images uploaded – this will mean that any errors or questions Instagram has for you will be resolved by you, rather than us throwing errors.
- Make sure your Instagram account is connected to a Facebook Business Page.
It is common, particularly for accounts outside Australia, for the first upload to fail and Instagram will ask you to verify the login. This is a security feature of Instagram.
How to add an Instagram account
To add an Instagram account, you want to start by logging into your Sked account. On the menu on the left hand side, you will see an Accounts option - click that.
The Accounts page shows you the accounts linked to your Sked Social account. If you are setting up your Sked Social account for the first time, you will not see any accounts added.
Scroll to the bottom of the Accounts page. There, you will see a few different options for adding accounts to your Sked Social profile. There is an Add Instagram Account button, an Add Facebook Page button and an Add Twitter Account button. Since we're looking at adding an Instagram account - click the Add Instagram Account button.
Connect your Instagram Business Account with Facebook
A popup screen will appear titled Add Instagram Account. Step one is to connect your Instagram Business Account with Facebook. Click the blue button.
Another popup will appear to log into your Facebook account. This should be the account that has access to your Facebook Page.
Enter your username and password and click Log In.
If you've added accounts to Sked already, the Facebook account should already be there and you just click Edit Settings to make sure the correct Instagram accounts are linked.
Make sure the box for the account you want to add has a blue check mark in it. Then click Next.
Then make sure the box for the Facebook page that you want to add has a blue check mark and click Next.
Determine what Sked is allowed to do. Note that if you turn any of these functions off, Sked may not work properly. Click the blue Done button.
You'll see a success message pop up. Click the blue Okay button. When that closes you'll see a popup to add your Instagram Insights connection. Make the sure the account you want to add is clicked blue. Then click the blue Add Account button.
You'll see a popup saying that Insights is connected. You can either check out the insights or Set up Instagram Posting. Since we haven't finished linking the account, click Set up Instagram Posting.
Enter your Instagram password
You will now see a popup screen prompting you to enter the password for the Instagram you have selected. Enter your password and click the blue Submit Password at the bottom right of the popup screen (you might need to scroll down to see this depending on your computer view).
We need your password because we use real phones to log in to Instagram for you. This is to support features like location and product tagging, autoposting Instagram Stories, hashtags in the first comment and more. Read more here. We take data security seriously and will not jeopardize your Instagram login info. Over 10,000 companies trust Sked, from small companies to global brands.
Sked Social will now verify your account
We have to check every account to ensure it meets Instagram's community guidelines. Click Start Check. You'll see that your check has been queued. We're making sure that one of our phones in Melbourne is able to successfully log in to your Instagram account.
This shouldn't take more than a few minutes, but during peak times it may take a little longer. Once your account is verified, you'll see this success message:
Now when you go onto the Accounts page, you should see your added Instagram page there. You may see a message which says “Our team is currently reviewing this account. Please allow up to 1 hour. We will email you shortly.”
Once you receive an email from the Sked team, you should be good to go with your added Instagram account! Enjoy all of the awesome Sked features. Happy scheduling!