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If you are already using Preview, welcome back to our blog!

If you are new to here: Welcome! Before we start, let us give you a quick introduction about Preview app.

Preview is an app to plan, design and manage your Instagram. As you will find out, there are a lot of features in the app.

Our goal is to combine all the most important Instagram tools into one simple app (#savetime #morefunlessstress).

You can plan your Instagram feed, rearrange the order of your posts, edit your photos, schedule, find trending hashtags, test your hashtags, and check your analytics.

Sounds good?

So how to use Preview app for Instagram?

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

  1. Choose a plan
  2. Upload photos and videos
  3. Upload albums
  4. Repost
  5. Free Photos
  6. Rearrange the order of the posts
  7. Delete posts
  8. Edit photos
  9. Caption
  10. Hashtag Finder
  11. Save your favorite hashtags
  12. Schedule
  13. Calendar view
  14. Post on Instagram
  15. Delete posts from Preview feed after they are posted on Instagram
  16. Manage your Hashtag Groups
  17. Analytics
  18. Add team members (or more phones)
  19. Add team members (without sharing your Instagram password)
  20. Add other Instagram accounts in Preview app
  21. Delete or log out of your account
  22. Settings
  23. Upgrade to the Premium Plan

After reading this article, you will be a pro!

Let’s start.

1. Choose a plan

When you open Preview for the first time, you will have to select a plan. Don’t worry, you can start using Preview for free. You can schedule unlimited posts for free whatever plan you choose.

You have 4 options:

  • Free: Start planning your feed using the free plan.
  • Pro: Unlock all the features in the app, except team and backup features.
  • Premium: Unlock all the features in the app, including team feature, sync between your devices and automatic backup (in case you lose your phone or change phone).
  • Login: Do you already have an account with Preview? Just log in.

If you want to upgrade to the Premium plan, please see this tutorial.

If you choose the Free plan, you have two options. You can:

  • Log in with Instagram, or
  • Don’t log in with Instagram (just write a name for your account)

If you have issues logging in, please read this article.

2. Upload photos and videos in Preview app

You’re in!

Now you can upload as many photos, videos and albums as you want.

To upload photos and videos:

  • Press the “+” button
  • Select “Library”
  • Choose your photos

Your photos will appear in your Preview feed:

Tips for Android phones: To select multiple photos, please hold your finger pressed on a photo, or select photos from the “Photos” app.

3.Upload an album

You can also create Instagram albums. An album is also known as a carousel or slideshow. We call it “carousel”. A carousel is an Instagram posts that has multiple photos and videos in one post.

To create a carousel post:

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

4. Repost

This is a Pro and Premium feature.

You can repost other people’s photos, videos and carousels.

To repost:

  • Press the “+” button
  • Select “Repost”
  • Press the Instagram icon
  • Find the post you want to repost
  • Press on the “…” three dots on the top right corner of a photo
  • Copy link
  • Go back in Preview app
  • Done!

Success! You can repost as many photos, videos and carousels as you want. They will all be added to your Preview feed.

Need more help? See the step-by-step tutorial here.

5. Free Photos

Preview app integrated with the amazing community of photographers at Unsplash to give you beautiful, free photos for your feed. There are over 500,000 photos available. There all are in the “Free Photos” feature of Preview.

  • Select “Free Photos”
  • You will see the latest photos people have uploaded
  • Type keywords in the search bar to find specific photos (for example “plant”)

See the step-by-step tutorial here.

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

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

7. Delete posts

If you want to delete photos, videos or carousels from your Preview feed:

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

8. Edit photos

As you can see, there are other options in the menu bar at the bottom of your screen.

Let’s talk about editing first, and then we will move on to the caption.

To edit photos, press on the “circle” icon. You will see:

  • The filters at the bottom
  • The Editing Tools icon on the top LEFT
  • The Filter Collections icon on the top RIGHT

Let’s look at the editing tools:

  • Press on the editing tools icon
  • You will see all the editing tools (contrast, brightness, exposure, crop, borders, text, etc…)

Let’s look at the Filter Collections:

  • Press on the Filter Collections icon
  • You will see all the Collections available
  • 2 filter packs are free (the Preview and Essentials Collections)
  • The other filters are available for Pro and Premium plans, or you can purchase them individually for a one-off purchase

Each filter pack is designed to create different Instagram themes (brown, tropical, white and bright, dark, colorful, etc…). Need some inspiration? Click here.

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

Here you can write your caption and type your hashtags.

If you are logged in with your Instagram account, you will get automatic hashtag suggestions as you type a hashtag.

There are other useful features on this screen like the Hashtag Finder and the Hashtag Groups. Keep scrolling to see how to use them.

10. Hashtag Finder

If you ever feel stuck and don’t know what hashtag to use, use the Hashtag Finder.

The Hashtag Finder is an Instagram hashtags generator. You can search for hashtags by category, country, city and even Instagram community. In total, there are 100 hashtag groups and over 2,000 hashtags. Each hashtag is carefully selected to help you grow your account.

  • Press on “Find”
  • Select a category, or
  • Type a keyword in the search bar (like “food”)

Add any hashtag you want in your caption. See our step-by-step tutorial here.

11. Save your favorite hashtags

Do you always use the same hashtags? Or do you rotate between different hashtag groups? You can save them all in Preview. This way you can reuse the hashtag groups on other posts, in one tap.

No more copy and paste between different apps and no more keyboard shortcuts. Why bother you might ask? Well, keep scrolling and you will see why saving hashtag groups in Preview is awesome.

To save a hashtag group:

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

Next time, you can just press on your “Food” button to add all the hashtags in the caption.

So why is it awesome to save your hashtag groups in Preview app?

2 reasons:

  1. You save time
  2. Preview will automatically tests your hashtag groups. You will be able to see which one help you grow your account. Preview will show you which ones give you the most likes, comments and engagement. This feature is available on Pro and Premium plans.

12. Schedule

To schedule your post:

  • Turn on the “Schedule Post” button
  • Select a day and time

13. Calendar view

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

  • To see your calendar, press on the calendar icon

14. Post on Instagram

Preview doesn’t automatically post on Instagram yet. The Instagram auto-posting feature is currently in BETA version. It is available only to some companies for testing purposes. We will add the auto-posting feature in Preview as soon as Instagram fixes the issues they are having with their auto-posting system.

For now, 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 copies it for you)
  • Post

Done!

15. Delete posts from Preview feed after they are posted on Instagram

Do you want Preview to delete the post you uploaded in the app after you post it on Instagram? If so:

  • Go in your Preview settings
  • Turn on “Delete published post”

16. Manage your Hashtag Groups

You might have seen in the screenshot above that there is a section called “Hashtag Group”.

Remember I was telling you there was another way to save your hashtag groups (without going in your captions)? This is it.
Here, you can save, edit and delete your hashtag groups.

17. Analytics

If you have a Free plan, you will see your basic analytics. If you have a Pro or Premium plan, you will see your entire Instagram analytics.

Preview shows your:

  • Photos, videos and carousel analytics
  • Per day, week and month
  • Analytics by likes, comments, engagement
  • Hashtags analytics
  • Hashtag Groups analytics
  • Top posts
  • Engagement rate growth
  • Best time and best day to post

And much more. It looks like a lot, but it is not hard. Simply look at the charts and your top posts. You will be able to see what posts you are posting on Instagram works and what doesn’t work. Look what posts people love to see from you, so you can post more content you know they love.

Tip: The charts in Preview are interactive. Press on a blue bar to reveal deeper analytics. For example: look at your engagement chart, press on your highest bar, and see what posts got you the most engagement on that day, week or month 😉

18. Add team members

This feature is available on the Premium plan.

If you want to share your Preview feed with other people and you don’t mind giving them your Instagram password, then they can simply log in to your account on their phone.

If they already have their own account in Preview, tell them to add another account in Preview and select “Login”. Your posts, hashtags and features will be transferred on their phones.

You can share your Preview feed with as many people (and phones) as you want.

See the tutorial here.

19. Add team members (without sharing your Instagram password)

What if you don’t want to share your Instagram password?

If you don’t want to share your Instagram password, you can add a person as a Team Member.

  • Go in your Preview settings
  • Select “Team Members”
  • Add user
  • Enter the name and email address of that person (they need to have an account with Preview already)

You can also choose what you want this person to do or not do:

  • Edit Feed: Do you want this person to edit your photos, rearrange your posts, write captions?
  • See Analytics: Do you want this person to see your analytics?
  • Receive Notifications: Do you want this person to receive the notifications when it is time to post on Instagram?

20. Add another Instagram account in Preview

Do you have multiple Instagram accounts, and want to manage them in Preview?

To add another account:

  • Press on your username on top of the screen
  • Press on the “+” button
  • Select the Pro or Premium plan
  • Login

21. Delete or log out of your account

To delete or log out of an account:

  • Go in your Preview settings
  • Scroll down
  • Press on “Delete” or “Log out”

22. Settings

And finally, let’s talk about your settings.

In your settings you can decide if you want to:

  • 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 😊

23. Upgrade to the Premium Plan

Do you already have a free or Pro account on Preview? And you want to upgrade to the Premium Plan? Please have a look this tutorial.

That’s it!

Now you know how to use Preview app for Instagram!

Have fun planning your feed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Until next time, see you all on Instagram @preview.app!

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