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Once you know how to use Preview App for Instagram, you’ll be an Instagram pro.

Preview combines the best Instagram tools into one simple app.

You can plan your Instagram feed on your phone and on your computer.

You can rearrange the order of your posts, edit your photos, find top trending hashtags, test your hashtags, check your analytics, see the analytics of other Instagrammers, find awesome Instagram captions. And more.

Sounds good?

So how to use Preview app for Instagram?

Let’s look at each feature, step-by-step:

  1. Create your account
  2. Upload photos and videos
  3. Upload carousel album
  4. Repost
  5. Free Photos
  6. Rearrange the order of the posts
  7. Delete posts
  8. Edit photos
  9. Caption
  10. Caption Finder (thousands of Instagram captions)
  11. Hashtag Finder (find trending Instagram hashtags)
  12. Save your favorite hashtags
  13. Schedule
  14. Calendar view
  15. Post on Instagram
  16. Analytics
  17. Competitor Analytics
  18. Add more Instagram accounts
  19. Your Settings
  20. Delete posts from Preview feed after they are posted on Instagram
  21. Manage your Hashtag Groups
  22. Add team members
  23. Content Calendar

Let’s start.

1. Create your account

When you open Preview for the first time, you will have to create your account.

You have the choice between 3 plans:

  • Free: You can use the core features of Preview for free, forever.
  • Pro: If you want to unlock more features (like all the filters)
  • Premium: If you want to unlock ALL the features and tools.

Note: You can plan unlimited posts for free on all plans.

The “Login” option:
Have you already created an account with Preview before? If so, you can just log in to your account:

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If you need help logging in, press on the little “i” button:

How to use Preview app for Instagram?

2. Upload photos and videos in Preview app

You’re in!

Now you can upload as many posts as you want.

To upload photos and videos:

  • Press the “+” button
  • Select “Photos/Videos”
  • Choose your photos
How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?

Your photos will appear in your Preview feed:

How to use Preview app for Instagram?

Tip for Android phones:

To select multiple photos:

  • Hold your finger pressed on a photo, or
  • Select photos from the “Photos” app.

3.Upload a carousel

A carousel is an Instagram post that has multiple photos and videos in one post. It’s also called an “album” or an “album carousel”.

To create a carousel post:

  • Press the “+” button
  • Select “Carousel”
  • Choose your photos
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4. Repost

You can repost other people’s posts. You can repost as many posts as you want, with no watermark.

See the step-by-step tutorial here.

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5. Free Photos

If you don’t have any photos to post, you can use the “Free Photos” feature.

There are over 1 million beautiful photos available.

Preview has integrated with the amazing community of photographers at Unsplash to give you beautiful, free photos for your Instagram feed.

You can use as many photos as you want and you can do whatever you want with them. You can edit them if you want to. Crediting the photographer is not required, however it is appreciated if you want to.

See the step-by-step tutorial here.

How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?

6. Rearrange the order of your posts

Now that you have uploaded photos in your Preview app, you can rearrange their order.

You have 3 options:

  • Drag and Drop: Hold your finger pressed on a photo and drag it
  • Swap: Select 2 photos you want to swap places
  • Shuffle: Select more than 2 photos and press the “shuffle arrows” icon
How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?

Remember: Instagram doesn’t allow anyone to rearrange or edit photos that are already posted on Instagram. Use Preview to plan your future posts and see how your feed will look like before you post on Instagram.

7. Delete posts

Want to delete a post you’ve uploaded in Preview?

  • Select the post(s)
  • A menu bar will appear at the bottom of your screen
  • Press on the “bin” icon
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8. Edit photos

As you can see, there are other options in the menu bar.

Let’s talk about editing first.

Preview has hundreds of beautiful Instagram filters and presets to help you make your feed look beautiful and cohesive.

To edit a photo:

  • Press on one photo
  • Press on the “circle” icon
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What you see:

  • The Filters at the bottom of your screen
  • The Editing Tools button on the top left
  • The Filter Packs button on the top right
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Let’s look at the Editing Tools.

Press on the “Editing Tools” button.

You will see the essential editing tools like contrast, saturation, crop, text, etc…

How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?

Let’s look at the Filter Packs:

Press on the Filter Packs button on top of your screen.

You will see all the Filter Packs available. There are filters for a lot of different types of photos and accounts.

The most popular filter packs in Preview are:

  • Winter
  • Summer
  • Blogger
  • Cream
  • Retro
  • Food” 
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How to use Preview app for Instagram?

9. Caption

Time to prepare your caption and hashtags.

To open your caption:

  • Select a photo
  • The menu bar will appear at the bottom of your screen
  • Press on the “speech bubble” icon
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You can see other useful tools like:

  • The Caption Finder
  • The Hashtag Finder
  • Your Hashtag Groups

Keep scrolling to see how to use them.

How to use Preview app for Instagram?

10. Caption Finder

The Caption Finder is a game-changer.

If you ever feel stuck and don’t know what to write in your caption, check the Caption Finder.

You get access to thousands of Instagram at your fingertips.

The Caption Finder has a mix of:

  • Caption templates
  • Quotes
  • Questions to ask your followers to boost your engagement and grow your community
  • Instagram captions for personal and business accounts
  • Captions for different seasons and holidays (summer, fall, winter, Christmas etc…)
  • And our favorite: The Caption Starters!
How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?

11. Hashtag Finder

If you’re not sure what hashtags to use for your account: check the Hashtag Finder.

The Hashtag Finder is an Instagram Hashtags Generator.

We personally and manually research and hand-pick every single hashtag before we add them in the app. We create a powerful mix of hashtags to help you grow your account.

There are hashtags for different accounts, countries, categories and even Instagram communities.

See the Hashtag Finder tutorial here.

How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?

12. Save your favorite hashtags

You can also save your own Hashtag Groups in the app.

This way, you just have to press on one button to automatically add them in your future captions.

To save your hashtags:

  • Write your hashtags in the caption
  • Press on the “+” button
  • Give a name to your hashtag group (like “Creativity”)

Done.

How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?

We love this feature because:

1.You save time, and

2. Preview will automatically test your hashtag groups. You will be able to see which one helps you grow your account. Preview will show you which ones give you the most likes, comments and engagement.

13. Schedule

To schedule your post: Turn on the “Schedule Post” button.

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14. Calendar view

Do you want to see what you have planned for the day, week or month

Press on the “Calendar” button to see your posts in a calendar.

How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?

15. Post on Instagram

You will receive a notification when it is time to post:

  • Select the photo you need to post
  • Press the “Export” button to share it on Instagram
  • Paste your caption and hashtags on Instagram (Preview automatically copied it for you)
  • Post

Done.

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16. Analytics

You can check how your account is going in your Analytics.

Preview will show you what’s working and what’s not working in your strategy.

You can see your:

  • Weekly Wrap
  • Growth (impressions, reach, engagement, clicks to your website)
  • Followers Growth
  • Top Posts
  • Top Hashtags
  • Top Hashtag Groups
  • Best time to post

And more.

Click here to see all the Instagram Analytics tools in Preview (and the interactive analytics feature).

To see your Analytics, Press on the “Analytics” button:

How to use Preview app for Instagram?
How to use Preview app for Instagram?

17. Competitor Analytics

You can also see the Instagram analytics of other Instagrammers.

Press on the Competitor Analyzer button:

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18. Add more Instagram accounts

You can manage multiple Instagram accounts in Preview.

  • Press on the username on top of your screen
  • Press “+ Add Account”
  • Select the Pro or Premium plan for your new account

Done.

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19. Your Settings

And finally, let’s look at your settings.

In your settings you can decide if you want to:

  • Manage your subscription
  • Add team members (see below)
  • Manage your Hashtag Groups (see below)
  • Load your Instagram posts
  • Automatically delete your scheduled photos after you post them on Instagram
  • Logout or delete your account
  • Press on “Need help with creating a beautiful feed” to download our Instagram Guide
  • See our FAQ page if you have any issues
  • Contact us 
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How to use Preview app for Instagram?

20. Remove planned posts from your Preview feed after you post them

You can manually delete the post yourself after you’ve posted it on Instagram.

Or you can turn on the option to remove it:

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21. Manage your hashtag groups

You can create and manage your Hashtag Groups from your caption (like we showed you in step 12), or you can manage them from your settings.

Press on “Hashtag Groups” to create, edit or delete your hashtag groups.

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22. Add team members

Are you planning your feed with (or for) other people?

You can share your Preview account with as many people as you want.

This feature is available on the Premium plan (you only need one plan for all your team).

You have 2 options:

  1. Give your Instagram password so they can login in their Preview app, or
  2. Add them as Team Members

See the step-by-step tutorial here.

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23. Content Calendar

The Content Calendar is available on Preview’s Desktop version.

It has all the social media holidays you can join throughout the year.

Instagram literally becomes a big party during days like #coffeeday or #puppyday.

Having the Content Calendar in front of your eyes will help you keep track of all the fun – so you can join the fun and stay relevant.

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That’s it!

Now you know how to use Preview app for Instagram!

Have fun planning your feed.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

And until next time, see you on Instagram @preview.app!

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