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Hi Instagram lovers! For this tutorial I’m going to show you how to use Preview app to plan your Instagram feed.

If you don’t have the app yet, you can click here to download it so you can follow the tutorial with me.

Ready? Let’s plan your feed.

Step 1. Load your recent Instagram posts to plan your feed

This step is optional.

You don’t need Internet or to login to start using Preview. You can just start adding photos straight away (go to Step 2).

However, you can load your recent Instagram photos in Preview if you want. This way you can plan your feed on top of what you have already posted. To see you recent Instagram posts, you need to login to your Instagram account:

  • Tap the “Settings” icon
  • Select “Login with Instagram”
  • Turn on “Load recent posts”

Do you have trouble logging in? Read this blog post.

Note: Instagram doesn’t allow anyone to rearrange or edit photos that have already been posted on Instagram. You have to add new photos in Preview first to start planning your feed.

Step 2: Add photos in Preview

To add photos in Preview:

  • Tap the “+” icon
  • Select “Add photos / videos”

Android: Select “Photos” or “Recent” apps.

As you can see below, there are many other options. You can also:

Click on the hyperlinks to see the tutorials for that.

Step 3: Rearrange the order of your photos

Like I said before, Instagram doesn’t allow any apps or websites to rearrange or edit photos that have already been posted on Instagram. You have to add new photos in Preview first to start planning your feed.

Once you have added your new photos in Preview, you can move them around to design your feed! This way you know exactly how your feed will look like before you post on Instagram.

There are 3 ways to re-arrange your photos using Preview:

  • Drag & Drop
  • Swap
  • Shuffle

To drag & drop:

  • Select a photo
  • Press & hold
  • Move it on top of another photo

Sometimes I like to take my time designing my feed. I will use the “swap” option when I’m not sure yet where to move the photo. This way I don’t have to hold down my finger on the screen for a long time to re-arrange the order of the photos.

To swap and shuffle photos, select 2 or more photos and hit the “Swap” icon:

Step 4: Edit your photo

Time to edit your photo.

  • Select a photo
  • Tap on the “circle” icon that is in the middle of your menu bar

You can now see 2 icons on top of your screen.

The first icon on the left is the Photo Editor.
The second icon is the Filter Packs section.
You can also apply filters.

The Photo Editor

Tap on the Photo Editor icon.
You will see all the editing tools you need: brightness, contract, borders, whitening tool, blemish remover and more.

Read this blog post for a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Photo Editor.

The Filter Packs

Tap on the Filter Packs icon.
You will see all the filter packs.

Preview comes with 2 free filter packs: the Preview filter pack, and the Essentials filter pack.

The other filters are premium filters.
You can buy them individually, or you can subscribe to Preview Pro to unlock ALL the filter packs and ALL the other features of Preview.

Step 5: Plan your caption and save your hashtags

On the bottom bar, you will also see a “Speech Bubble” icon.

Tap on it to write your caption.

Here you can also:

Once you have saved your favourite hashtags in Preview, all you have to do is tap on the group to add them automatically in your caption.