Quick And Dirty: How To Pre-Prepare Instagram Posts

Dec 18, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Quick And Dirty: How To Pre-Prepare Instagram Posts

Dec 18, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Creating posts for later posting in Instagram is a drag. Right now the options are pretty limited. You can use an app like Grum (which violates Instagram’s Terms Of Service, not a good idea). Or maybe, you can create yourself a reminder to post something and post it manually later. None of those options is very enticing.

Photographer Eric Pare shared a quick and (extremely) dirty tip on how to prepare Instagram posts and publish them later. It is still a bit manual and definitely not elegant, but it works.

The secret is to “post” to Instagram without any active internet connection. Instagram will try posting then (obviously) fail, and will wait for you to re-initiate the post.

So edit the photo, put your tags and description, and right before you hit the publish key start flight mode (you can quickly access it via the android notification screen or iOS’s setting screen)

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don’t post yet….
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turn flight mode on
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upload failed… resubmit at will

Now you can turn flight mode on. The photo will not be posted until you manually hit the resubmit button

[Delayed Instagram posts | Eric Pare]

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18 responses to “Quick And Dirty: How To Pre-Prepare Instagram Posts”

  1. Debdutto Banerjee Avatar
    Debdutto Banerjee

    how can that be a feasible solution. No one can even get to you if the phone is in flight mode. This is hardly a tip

    1. Kevin Luc Avatar
      Kevin Luc

      You just turn flight mode off once you’ve gone through the steps.

  2. Dick Durham Avatar
    Dick Durham

    This has to be the most inane, ridiculous waste of time post ever. Classic click bait.

    1. Eric Pare Avatar
      Eric Pare

      Thanks a lot for your feedback Dick, this is really appreciated :) Have a nice day.

    2. Sam Avatar
      Sam

      Different stokes for different folks, this is very useful to me.

  3. pappy51 Avatar
    pappy51

    What did I just read? Is this something anybody worries about.

  4. Bruce Comer Jr. Avatar
    Bruce Comer Jr.

    Why exactly wouldn’t you just upload the media….

    1. Josofa Harris Avatar
      Josofa Harris

      My guess is it allows a user to create multiple posts and then have them posted in a disbursed manner instead of a flood of photos, and metrics show publishing at certain times gets more views. It isn’t necessary for me so much…I know most of my followers personally so I know I am not doing it that way.

  5. Cesar Sales Avatar
    Cesar Sales

    Good tip on hacking the service. Does it hold it if you turn the airplane mode off? I suspect it does. If it doesn’t, this is less useful.

    To all the naysayers, there are good reasons for this. Don’t be so negative.

    1. Eric Pare Avatar
      Eric Pare

      yeah it sticks there after you left the airplane mode. That’s why I do this ;)

  6. Gustavo Avatar
    Gustavo

    Hmm… I’ve used several services before start using Grum. All of them banned, but Grum so long in business as my colleague use them for a while and it seems they do not violate any terms

  7. Kevin Luc Avatar
    Kevin Luc

    All of these negative comments for a post I actually find useful. For some of us, Instagram is a big time drain but also a big part of an online presence. Once you’ve got your perfect edit, caption and hashtags and finally ready to post, it may not be the best time statistically (i.e. 4am EST). I work with several fashion bloggers and having scheduled posts is definitely a thing. My girlfriend actually taught me this trick and with her having sets of images lined up, it’s a great way to stagger posts without having to put in the work each and every time you want to share something.

    Don’t be so closed minded and quick to be negative if something doesn’t work for YOU.

    1. Eric Pare Avatar
      Eric Pare

      thanks Kevin ;)

  8. barron Avatar
    barron

    This is actually a nice hack if you just want to use Instagram to edit a photo, but just want to save it on your phone. (It will be saved in the Instagram folder) Just hit the cancel button after you get the connection error.

  9. ThatPhotoManTrav Avatar
    ThatPhotoManTrav

    I want to do this, but for $4 a month? for $5 a month I get unlimited backup through Code 42 Crash Plan. Seems a bit steep if you ask me.

  10. Ivan Grumov Avatar
    Ivan Grumov

    Hi, Eric! In your post you say, that Grum violates Instagram’s Terms Of Service – that’s not true! Actually, we have the opposite situation here :) Grum works in strict compliance with Instagram/Facebook Terms of Use for absolute safety, and that’s why we won’t be shut down.
    But thanks for mentioning us, anyways) Good luck.

    1. Eric Pare Avatar
      Eric Pare

      hey Ivan! This post dates from 2015! I don’t know what Grum is. The reference to Grum has been made by the author of this article, not by me :)

  11. swiss420 Avatar
    swiss420

    I use Google Keep to prepare the Hashtags and Text. Plus as a Bonus I can write them on the Computer. Makes it a lot easier to Post them at the right time. And if you want to prepare the Image you can use the Airplane mode Method and Cancel it. When it is time to Post select the image from the Instagram Folder, Copy in the Text from Google Keep and of you go. Not Perfect but the closest I got.