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8 Best Scheduling Apps on Instagram Stories & Facebook Stories for Business (2020 Update)

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Before showing our list for the best scheduling apps for Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories I’d like to quickly share first how it started and the purpose of it. On the year 2016, Instagram introduced to us their new feature “Stories” and the year after that, 2017, Facebook also updated the same feature. For those who aren’t familiar with this feature, Instagram and Facebook Stories adopted this idea from Snapchat. The purpose of Stories is to let the user’s followers know and see the highlight of their day by photo or video with a fifteen seconds span of each post. Those stories are available only within 24 hours with your friends/followers and many businesses and influencers have taken advantage of using this feature to promote their brand and increase their online presence.

Why we need scheduling apps for Instagram and Facebook Stories?

If you’re an agency, a business or an influencer, you know that planning on creating content for your stories’ account is a must but posting it daily is exhausting. Especially IG (Instagram) and FB (Facebook) don’t support scheduling stories natively on their own apps. That’s why having scheduling apps on Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories will make it so much easier for you to manage your social media account stories. Also, some apps on our list will help you know the perfect time to post content/stories for your followers through their advanced analytics.

List of the Best Free & Paid Scheduling Apps on Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories

1. Apphi

Apphi is a trusted scheduling app on Instagram and Facebook that helps you schedule posts on your feed automatically with your content and in Instagram Stories. You can use Apphi on a desktop through any web browser or through their mobile app. It also allows you to handle unlimited Instagram and Facebook accounts with just one Apphi account, and that feature is best for businesses, agencies, and influencers. It allows you to handle many accounts without the need to do login and logout just to handle different accounts whether it’s yours or your clients’. Apphi will also help you analyze your post’s performance on how many followers you got on that day with complete engagement analytics.

For Facebook Stories: If you want to have the same content with your Instagram Stories, you first need to connect your accounts together then and as you schedule your story on IG, make sure that on the Apphi app that Push or Email Notifications are “ON” so that when the time it gets published you will be notified then you can manually share (see screenshot below) the same content that you have on Instagram to your Facebook Stories. At least with that process, you can lessen the work that you need to remember and upload the same content on FB. As of the moment, Facebook doesn’t allow stories to be scheduled automatically.

App Features for Stories

  • Automatically post on your social media accounts
  • Plan your posts visually
  • Bulk scheduling
  • You can tag people and products
  • Add location, stickers, texts, etc.
  • Rescheduling posts and stories
  • Add the first comment to post
  • Recommend the best time to post
  • Post with story URL

Other Benefits

  • Can handle unlimited accounts on Facebook & Twitter
  • It allows also to schedule a post directly to your feed, including IGTV for Instagram
  • Save content for the future
  • Can also import media in GoogleDrive and Dropbox
  • Allows to search and repost
  • Advanced analytics
  • Helps analyze the competitors
  • Allows Team Collaboration 
  • Suggest related hashtags

How to Start

  • Visit apphi.com and register to get a 10% discount on any plan you will subscribe to or start with a free 10 posts per month (both IG post and story)
  • You can have 1 main account to use for your multiple IG and FB accounts and just add team members
  • For paid plan, choose PRO for unlimited posts on social media and more
  • Available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android

2. SkedSocial

Formerly known as Schedugram, SkedSocial is one of the best apps for you to schedule. SkedSocial provides a preview for the drag and drop of photos on your feed and stories, and they have the “swipe up” option to the link of your website. If you want to know how the swipe up options work, go to Instagram Help. They also help save and manage your hashtags, so you can reuse it for the next posts. To have the same content on Facebook and Instagram, all you need to do is fix the settings of your Instagram account. Connect your Facebook page first to your Instagram account, then enable “Share Your Story to Facebook” and once the story is published, you can tap on the Facebook icon on the right bottom of the mobile.

App Features for Stories

  • Can schedule on desktop and mobile device
  • Add stickers, locations, hashtags, texts, tag people and products
  • Visual planner
  • Set time and date for the story
  • Has a Reminder and Auto-posting Application
  • Add links to your Story

Other Benefits

  • Include image editor
  • Canva integration
  • You can also set a schedule on Twitter
  • Instagram Analytics
  • Competitors Analytics

How to Start

  • Visit skedsocial.com and register to get a free 7-day trial
  • Choose MARKETER plan to have 3 accounts on Instagram
  • Use the app on your PC or mobile device

3. Storrito

Storrito only offers you scheduling your Instagram stories through a web browser and it’s best used on a PC. Unlike other scheduling apps on Instagram and Facebook on this list, currently they don’t have a mobile app but you can run their web app on your mobile internet browser but I have to warn you that it’s hard to use. To have the same content with your Instagram stories to your Facebook stories, just connect them through settings and when it’s already published you can now tap on the Facebook icon on your Instagram story. They also offer 10 free posts per month with your main account. Summarizations for your insights are also offered for you to reach and save your used image on their site.

App Features for Stories

  • Set time and date for the story
  • Auto-posting without notification
  • Add Instagram Goodies like Hashtags, Mentions, Locations, Polls and more
  • Manage an infinite amount of Instagrams accounts
  • Can cancel a story anytime
  • Bulk scheduling
  • Allows you to add URL
  • Allows unlimited users

How to Start

  • Visit storrito.com, register to have 10 free posts per month
  • For a paid plan choose PROFESSIONAL to have 500 posts per month
  • Use your computer’s web browser for the best experience

4. Combin Scheduler

Combin Scheduler is an Instagram marketing tool created for convenient content planning for posts and stories. The software is simple and easy to operate because of its minimal and clean UI design. One of the best features of this app is you can upload a dozen or more stories at the same time. That’s why Combin Scheduler is perfect for influencers, digital marketing agencies and small to medium businesses. Once you’ve installed it to your PC you can set it to start automatically where it can show you notifications for posted publications. Another unique capability of Combin is that your account/s can avoid getting penalized or banned due to high activity on multiple Instagram accounts from one IP address that may be considered spam-like. The proxy acts as an intermediary between the user PC and Instagram servers, masking the actual user IP address with a new one. And for more powerful features for audience targeting, analysis, management and engagement, try their Combin Growth. 

Note, if you want your Facebook stories to have the same content on your Instagram stories since there is no auto-post feature from IG to FB stories, here’s what you can do. Make sure you linked your Instagram and Facebook accounts. After that, you can now show the same Instagram stories to Facebook stories by tapping on the Facebook icon below of the story after that it was posted on your IG stories.

App Features for Stories

  • Scheduling and Instant posting
  • Bulk image uploading
  • Can upload dozen of stories in one click
  • Link in Bio
  • Image size editing
  • Proxy for Instagram

Other Benefits

  • Flexible Posts Scheduling
  • Styling Instagram Grid
  • Can easily repost an Instagram post

How to Start

  • Visit combin.com and register to start with a free account with 15 IG Stories weekly and 3 IG posts per week for 1 Instagram account
  • For paid subscriptions, choose BUSINESS to get unlimited posts for 5 Instagram accounts
  • Available on Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu

5. Later

Formerly known as Latergramme and now Later is a visual marketing tool that allows you to schedule posts in your news feed and stories through their website and app. They are partners with Instagram, and they ensure the safety of your account with them. They offer free service to schedule 30 posts on your feed and if you want to schedule Instagram stories and cross-post with it Facebook stories, you have to pay a subscription. Later also provides analytics to your Instagram and Facebook account.

App Features for Stories

  • Has a Reminder and Auto-posting application
  • Plan stories visually
  • Can crop or resize a photo to fit 9:6 ratio
  • Add stickers, locations, hashtags, texts, etc.
  • Can add links
  • Select the time and date for the story
  • Allows to tag products on the story
  • Analyze Stories Performance

Other Benefits

  • Allows to schedule post directly on your feed
  • Can handle other social media platforms like Twitter and Pinterest

How to Start

  • Visit later.com and log in your Instagram account and get 30 free posts per month (posting stories are not yet included)
  • For a paid plan, choose PREMIUM to manage 2 social profiles per platform
  • Use your PC or mobile device

6. Postcron

Schedule your posts through Postcron with no worries! Your contents will automatically be posted on your feed and stories without sending any reminders or notifications. Plus, on your first attempt, they’ll give you a free trial for one whole week. With this application, you can also add your own watermark to all of your posts automatically. Uploading all your content with Excel and Google Docs is now possible. And enable your Facebook page on your Instagram account to have the same posts at the same time by tapping on the Facebook icon on your stories once it is published.

App Features for Stories

  • Set time and date for the story
  • Add stickers, locations, hashtags, tag people and products
  • Auto-posting without notification
  • Has Bulk Uploader where you can use Excel and Google Docs 
  • Has ArtStudio to help you design on your stories and post

Other Benefits

  • Allows to schedule post directly on your feed, including IGTV
  • Can handle other social media platforms like LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter

How to Start

  • Visit postcron.com and register to get 7 days free trial
  • Choose ENTREPRENEUR that allows you to use multiple accounts
  • Available both desktop and mobile

7. Sprout Social

Sprout Social mission is to help big and small businesses to become better marketers by managing well using their features. With this scheduling app’s features, it lets you post multiple photos and automates your scheduled posts without notifications. If you choose them as a scheduling tool, you will be given a free 30-days trial. Note that scheduling stories are only available on Instagram using a smartphone, but you can always connect your Facebook account/page on Instagram to have the same posts. Just tap on the Facebook icon when your story has already been published on Instagram stories.

App Features for Stories

  • Set time and date for the story
  • Auto-posting without notification
  • Add texts on the photo or video
  • Reminder and Auto-posting Application
  • Instagram Analytics

Other Benefits

  • Allows to schedule post directly on your feed
  • Trend analysis for Twitter
  • Can handle other social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest

How to Start

  • Visit sproutsocial.com and get your 30 days free trial
  • Choose PROFESSIONAL for to have competitive reports
  • Use on desktop and mobile device

8. Buffer

Buffer Instagram Scheduling App

Buffer helps your brand build an audience and grow even more in social media. Their service offers you to plan and publish your content for different social media in one simple dashboard. Buffer helps you in preparing and sharing your stories with ease on desktop and mobile. Buffer doesn’t yet support cross-post with Facebook stories automatically. If you want to have the same content you need to connect and enable your Facebook account to your Instagram and tap on the Facebook icon once the Instagram stories are published.

App Features for Stories

  • Allows you to bulk upload images and videos
  • Has a storyboard where you can drag and drop your content
  • Add note where you can remind yourself to add captions or stickers
  • Allows you to see the preview of your stories
  • Allows you to make an adjustment to your stories until it’s due to be sent
  • Instagram stories analytics
  • Buffer stories creator

Other Benefits

  • Can handle other social media like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest
  • Allows you to collaborate on work with your team
  • Browser extension

How to Start

  • Visit buffer.com to get a 14-day free trial
  • Choose BUSINESS for a paid plan to manage 25 social accounts with 6 users
  • Available in both desktop and mobile

With the help of these tools, they allow you to focus more on your business, help you grow and easily analyze your marketing efforts. We hope this article helps you in choosing the right scheduling apps for Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories for your business. Check out this blog if you want to know more about creating content for your Instagram stories.

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UPDATED: February 2020

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