11 Best Instagram Scheduling Tools For 2023 (Comparison)

Instagram Scheduling Tools

Are you looking for the best Instagram scheduling tools to save you time and grow your profile faster?

According to Facebook, Instagram has over 500 million active users each day which makes it a great platform to build an audience on.

But you’re going to need to ensure you’ve got regular content being published at the right times.

In this post, we’re breaking down the best Instagram schedulers to consider. These tools can save you a huge amount of time and effort. And some of them can help with other aspects of your social media strategy.

Ready? Let’s get started:

The best Instagram scheduler tools compared

Here’s a quick summary of each tool:

  1. Pallyy – Best Instagram scheduling tool overall. Also includes Instagram analytics, comment management, and more. Limited free plan available.
  2. SocialBee – Best social scheduling tool overall. Designed to save you time with content categories.
  3. Agorapulse – Best all-in-one social media platform with Instagram scheduling. Includes limited free plan.
  4. Sendible – Another powerful all-in-one social media tool that’s affordable for individuals. Includes great scheduling functionality.
  5. Iconosquare – Another powerful Instagram scheduler. Their scheduler is designed around Instagram and includes hashtag/caption lists.
  6. PromoRepublic – Powerful visual sharing tool. Includes a library of templates you can use to create & schedule Instagram posts fast. Includes social inbox on most plans.
  7. Missinglettr – Turn your blog posts into social media campaigns on autopilot. Then schedule to Instagram and other social networks.
  8. Sprout Social – Feature-rich social media tool that includes Instagram scheduling. Best for enterprise customers and large businesses.
  9.  Crowdfire – Another solid all-in-one social media tool that includes an Instagram scheduler. Quite affordable.
  10.  Buffer Publish – Solid Instagram scheduler with a free plan.
  11.  Hootsuite – Popular social media tool that includes Instagram scheduling and has a limited free plan.

Now, let’s explore each tool in more detail:


#1 – Pallyy

Pallyy is an industry leading Instagram scheduling tool that is surprisingly affordable & packed with features. You only pay for the number of social profiles you need. Team accounts are available as an add-on.

Pallyy New Homepage April 2022

Pallyy’s scheduler was built with visual content sharing in mind – particularly Instagram. This means it has some useful features such as grid preview, hashtag lists, and more.

That said, you’re not limited to Instagram scheduling. You can publish content to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Google My Business.

You can also manage your schedule with a social media calendar and design Instagram posts with a Canva integration.

You’ll even have access to a media library and a preview of your Instagram feed.

Pallyy also has a content curation tool built exclusively for Instagram that enables you to find content to repost and credit the original creator.

It even includes an Instagram bio link tool, Instagram comment moderation, analytics, and more.

Key features:

  • Content calendar
  • Visual planning grid
  • Push notifications
  • Media library
  • Canva editor integration
  • Add captions and hashtags
  • First comment scheduling
  • Best time to post
  • Visual planning grid
  • Import holiday feature
  • Reusable templates
  • Content curation
  • Bio link
  • Social inbox
  • Analytics

Pros:

  • Sophisticated Instagram-focused feature set
  • The visual planning grid makes it easy to nail your aesthetic
  • Best-in-class design tools
  • Excellent time-saving features like reusable templates and hashtag
  • Great value for money

Cons:

  • Can’t auto-publish Stories (relies on push notifications instead)
  • Limited features for other social networks

Pricing:

A free plan is available that offers limited scheduling and analytics functionality.

The premium plan is $15/month per social group and unlocks all features.

Read our Pallyy review.


#2 – SocialBee

SocialBee thrives at social media scheduling. It supports Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, TikTok and Google My Business.

SocialBee Homepage Image

The tool is based on category-based scheduling in which you organize the types of posts you publish into different categories.

Two of its most useful features allow you to add automation to your social media marketing strategy. By connecting your RSS feed to your account, you can promote your latest blog posts to social media automatically. Content curation is also possible through integrations with Quuu Promote and Pocket.

You can even label individual posts as evergreen and re-add them to your queue to repost at a later date. If you choose to repost, you can set up variations so your followers aren’t shown the exact same posts word for word.

SocialBee’s Instagram scheduler allows you to publish posts, carousels and stories. You can even schedule a first comment and start a hashtag collection.

The app also has integrations with Canva and Xara as well as its own image editor so you can create images without leaving the dashboard.

SocialBee also has collaboration and performance reports.

Key features:

  • Multi-platform scheduling
  • Instagram feed grid preview
  • Bulk post editor
  • Hashtag generation
  • Caption emoji tool
  • Built-in design and media editors
  • Team workspaces
  • Approval workflows
  • Analytics and insights

Pros:

  • Supports all post types
  • Advanced feature set
  • Outstanding native design and editing tools
  • Powerful automation features (automatic blog post shares, content curation, evergreen recycling, etc.)

Cons:

  • No free plan available (only free trial)
  • Not an all-in-one toolkit (no inbox, listening, or monitoring features)

Pricing:

Plans start at $29/month. Save 16% with annual billing. Get started with a 14-day free trial.

Read our SocialBee review.


#3 – Agorapulse

Agorapulse is one of the best all-in-one social media management tools on the market. It’s especially a suitable option for teams and social media marketing agencies.

AgoraPulse New Homepage

The inbox tool enables you to respond to comments on multiple platforms, including Facebook and Instagram ad comments. You can even label conversations and assign them to different team members.

You can publish to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube with Agorapulse. Certain plans allow you to manage everything with a unified social media calendar.

You can crop images, save commonly used hashtags and preview your posts before you schedule them. For Instagram, you can schedule posts, carousels and stories.

Agorapulse even allows you to reschedule content as many times as you want so your queue is always filled with evergreen content well into the future.

The analytics tool allows you to view detailed reports on your performance, keep track of trends in your industry and monitor your team’s response times.

Key features:

  • Unified social media inbox 
  • Social media scheduling and publishing
  • Shared content overview calendar
  • Collaboration features  
  • Social media monitoring
  • Instagram hashtag tracking 
  • Instagram mentions monitoring
  • Social media ROI tracking tool
  • Reporting and analytics 

Pros:

  • Excellent UI and easy to use
  • Collaboration tools and unified inbox are perfect for agencies  
  • Easy to use, visual scheduling calendar 
  • All-in-one scheduling tool with monitoring and reporting included 
  • Free plan available 

Cons:

  • The most expensive plan has a 4-user limit 
  • Cheaper tools available 
  • Lacks scheduling features for Pinterest

Pricing:

A limited free forever plan is available. Paid plans start at €59/month/user. Yearly discounts available.

Read our Agorapulse review.


#4 – Sendible

Sendible is a complete social media management app that allows you to publish to multiple platforms, manage your social media inbox and track your performance. Collaboration is also a core feature.

Sendible Homepage

A social media calendar makes up the majority of the UI for the dashboard of the Publish tool. It allows you to post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google My Business. You can also publish content to platforms like WordPress, Medium, Tumblr and Blogger.

You can schedule regular posts for Instagram directly and even set up a first comment. You’ll need to set up reminders within the app for carousels and stories, then use mobile push notifications to post them to Instagram’s own app.

Sendible has a basic image editor, but you can also integrate Canva to create graphics from within the dashboard. The app has an asset library for these features.

Automation is also possible. The app will suggest popular content to you and even set up an RSS feed to promote your own blog’s content automatically. Recycling evergreen content is also possible.

Key features:

  • Social media scheduling
  • Multi-platform integrations
  • First comment scheduling
  • Carousels & Stories
  • Image editor
  • Automation
  • Collaboration tools
  • Analytics
  • Social media listening

Pros:

  • Outstanding design tools
  • No push notifications are necessary
  • Advanced features (geotags, first comment, hashtags, etc.)
  • Supports lots of different platforms

Cons:

  • UI could be better

Pricing:

Plans start at $29/month or $300/year (advertised as $25/month).

Learn more in our Sendible review.


#5 – Iconosquare

Iconosquare is a fantastic all-in-one social media management tool that offers publishing, inbox features, social listening and analytics. You can use it to publish to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. LinkedIn is included in the analytics dashboard, but you can’t post to it.

Iconosquare Homepage

Iconosquare has built its app around visual content, so it’s mostly optimized for Instagram. When you use it to publish to the platform, you can schedule regular Instagram posts alongside carousels and stories and view your upcoming schedule in an image-based visual calendar.

When you schedule a post, you can schedule a first comment and hashtags with it. Iconosquare will even suggest your most recently used hashtags to you as you add them to your caption.

Speaking of captions, Iconosquare has a separate library you can use to store captions in advance and choose them when you create new posts. You can also upload images in bulk with Dropbox or OneDrive and categorize them so you can find them later.

When you schedule multiple posts in advance, you can preview what it’ll look like on Instagram’s grid-based profile pages. This enables you to plan out grid layouts in advance.

A lot of Iconosquare’s free tools are also Instagram based. These include an Instagram bio link tool, a random comment picker to help you run Instagram contests, a free audit of your Instagram account and Twinsta, a nifty tool that generates Instagram posts using tweets you’ve posted.

Key features:

  • Content calendar
  • Multi-platform scheduling
  • Best time to post
  • Add captions
  • Add tags, mentions, and locations
  • Collaboration features (approval workflows)
  • Schedule Stories, Reels, Carousels, and Feed posts
  • Media library
  • Conversation management
  • Analytics
  • Reporting
  • Social media listening

Pros:

  • Schedule all types of Instagram posts (Stories, Reels, Carousels, etc.)
  • Publish  with direct integration – no push notifications necessary
  • Advanced features like first-comment scheduling
  • Supports other social media platforms

Cons:

  • Might be overkill if you just want an Instagram scheduling tool and don’t need an all-in-one SMM toolkit
  • Support could be better

Pricing:

Plans start at $59/month or $588/year (advertised as $49/month).

Read our Iconosquare review.


#6 – PromoRepublic

PromoRepublic is an Instagram scheduling tool that focuses on multiple social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google My Business. For Instagram, it supports posts and stories but not carousels. It also has analytics and plenty of collaborative features.

PromoRepublic Homepage

You can’t respond to Instagram comments through the tool’s dashboard, but you can manage your Instagram schedule with a well-designed, image-based social media calendar.

PromoRepublic has a content library you can use to store your brand’s own personal assets. However, it also has a few unique features perfect for Instagram users. This includes a graphics editor and 100,000+ premade assets you can use to quickly create graphics on the fly without integrating third-party services.

The app also allows you to repost evergreen content within a 99-day timeframe.

In addition, you’ll find powerful analytics and a social inbox available on most plans.

Key features:

  • Social media calendar
  • Approval workflows
  • Note feature
  • Recommended post types
  • Multi-platform scheduling
  • AI suggestions/recommendations
  • Content recycling feature
  • Team collaboration tools
  • Marketing intelligence
  • Social inbox
  • Link shortener
  • Review management
  • Local SEO

Pros:

  • Very advanced publishing features including AI-driven recommendations and a powerful re-queue tool
  • Graphics editor and pre-made graphics are great for Instagram content creation
  • All-in-one marketing toolkit for social media, SEO, and beyond

Cons:

  • Doesn’t support Carousels
  • High learning curve

Pricing:

A limited plan for small solo bloggers is available for $108/year (advertised as $9/month). Pricing for regular plans starts at $49/month or $468/year (advertised as $39/month).

Read our PromoRepublic review.


#7 – Missinglettr

Missinglettr is a social media management tool designed around automation. Its primary function is to scan your blog posts and YouTube videos to come up with a year’s worth of content by extracting text, images and short clips.

Missinglettr Homepage

For quote posts, you can use one of the app’s bubble quote templates or design your own without leaving the dashboard.

The app also has a Curate tool you and other Missinglettr users can use to share and promote each other’s content. This means you’ll always have something related to your niche to share with your audience.

There’s even stock libraries integrated into the dashboard, giving you access to images and GIFs from Unsplash and Giphy.

You’ll manage your entire social media schedule with a well-designed calendar and can even schedule posts manually. Analytics are also available.

Key features:

  • Automated content creation
  • Curate tool
  • Stock image library
  • Content calendar
  • Note-taking
  • Drip campaigns
  • Scheduling rules
  • Automatic reposting
  • Custom URL shortener
  • Collaboration tools

Pros:

  • Makes it easy to run your campaigns on auto-pilot
  • Content curation tool is one of the best around
  • Very affordable pricing plans

Cons:

  • Automatically generated content can be poor quality
  • It’s more of a social campaign creator than an Instagram scheduler

Pricing:

A limited free forever plan is available. Premium plans start at $19/month or $190/year (advertised as $15/month).

Learn more in our Missinglettr review.


#8 – Sprout Social

Sprout Social is a complete social media management tool. Along with publishing, it allows you to monitor mentions of your brand, respond to comments and direct messages, and keep an eye on your performance.

Sprout Social Homepage

The app allows you to use a social media calendar to publish to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn. It has a content library you can use to store images and videos. You can even use the analytics dashboard to monitor hashtag performance.

Sprout Social also has numerous collaborative features, even if it is an expensive app to use for more than one user.

Key features:

  • Content calendar
  • Media library
  • Send time optimization
  • Real-time engagement updates
  • Mobile app
  • Content suggestions
  • Approval workflows
  • Message tagging
  • Social commerce
  • URL tracking
  • Link in Bio tool
  • Campaign planner
  • Social listening

Pros:

  • Very advanced publishing tool
  • Lots of great team-based features
  • Excellent integrations
  • Clean UI

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • No re-queue or post variants features

Pricing:

Plans start at $249/month. A free trial is available.

Read our Sprout Social review.


#9 – Crowdfire

Crowdfire is an all-in-one social media management tool you can use to handle publishing, customer service and other conversations, and performance tracking.

Crowdfire Homepage

The Publish tool supports Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn. However, only the higher tiers support the social media calendar, scheduling posts in bulk and accessing your social inbox.

You can schedule regular Instagram posts and stories with Crowdfire.

Crowdfire also has a curation tool you can use to find popular content to share on the fly.

Key features:

  • Unified publishing dashboard
  • Scheduling tool
  • Article curation
  • Image curation
  • Custom RSS feeds
  • Automatically share blog content
  • Automatically tailored posts
  • Best time to post
  • Queue meter
  • Image generator
  • Chrome extension
  • Analytics
  • Competitor analysis
  • Mentions

Pros:

  • Best-in-class content discovery tools
  • Includes unique features you won’t find elsewhere, like shareable image curation
  • Clean UI
  • Generous free plan

Cons:

  • Content calendar only available on higher-tier plans
  • Only 5 supported social media networks

Pricing:

A limited free forever plan is available. Premium plans start at $9.99/month or $89.76/year (advertised as $7.48/year).


#10 – Buffer

Buffer is an all-in-one social media management app with tools for publishing, engagement and analytics. It allows you to publish to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

buffer homepage

The tool uses an image-based social media calendar for publishing. For Instagram, it schedules posts and stories. You can even schedule a first comment and include commonly-used hashtags with your very own hashtag collection.

Buffer also has its own bio link tool you can use to create a shop grid connected directly to your Instagram account.

Key features:

  • Visual calendar
  • Tailored posts
  • Schedule first comment
  • Start Page (link in bio tool)
  • TikTok reminders/notifications
  • Team collaboration features
  • Engagement tool
  • Analytics
  • White label reports

Pros:

  • Supports all types of Instagram posts including feed posts, Carousels, and Reels
  • Lots of Instagram-focused features like a visual content calendar and bio link tool
  • Team-focused features like drafts, feedback, approvals, and custom access limits
  • Very affordable plans

Cons:

  • Analytics could be better
  • UI feels a bit outdated

Pricing:

Buffer has a free forever plan, but many of the Instagram features are in the premium plan. Pricing for this plan starts at $6/month per social channel or $60/year per social channel (advertised as $5/month).


#11 – Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a complete social media management app with tools for publishing, engagement and monitoring, analytics, and advertising. It allows you to publish to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

hootsuite homepage

It uses a visual-based social media calendar, and allows you to publish regular posts, carousels and stories. You can even design images, carousels and stories from within the app.

The analytics even allow you to keep track of competitors and your favorite hashtags alongside your own performance on the platform.

Hootsuite even has its own Instagram apps that make monitoring your ads, performance and analytics even easier.

Key features:

  • Multi-platform scheduling and publishing
  • Content calendar
  • Customizable streams
  • Best time to post recommendations
  • Image editing
  • Content libraries
  • Auto-adjustments
  • Approval workflows
  • Content curation
  • Bulk Composer
  • Paid ads and boosted posts
  • Automatic security and compliance
  • Unified inbox
  • Analytics
  • Social media monitoring
  • Real-time analytics

Pros:

  • Best-in-class feature set
  • The leading social media management platform
  • Great UI and UX
  • Lots of supported social media networks
  • Very extensible with free and premium apps

Cons:

  • High learning curve
  • Team & Business plans are very expensive

Pricing:

Premium plans start at $99/month billed annually.


Finding the best Instagram scheduler tool for your business

That’s the end of our list of the best Instagram scheduler tools for your social media marketing strategy. If you need help deciding, here’s a quick round up of the options we most recommend:

  1. Pallyy – Pallyy is the best IG scheduler overall thanks to it’s deep feature set and slick workflow & UI. Useful features include: responding to comments, setting up a bio link, utilizing hashtag suggestions and viewing analytics. A unique feature Pallyy offers is a Canva integration that enables you to create images while using the scheduling tool. Pallyy serves as a dedicated Instagram scheduling tool for businesses that have an extensive interest on the platform.
  2. SocialBee – SocialBee is strictly focused on social media scheduling and publishing. It is designed to save time by allowing you to recycle evergreen content. Segment your content into different categories to create the best possible experience for your followers. Direct scheduling of IG posts + videos is supported.
  3. Agorapulse – Agorapulse is one of the best all-round social media management tools out there, even if it is more expensive than the previous two options (after you outgrow the limited free forever plan). You can use the tool to schedule Instagram posts, carousels and stories. It even has a reposting tool that keeps your social media queue filled with evergreen content. There’s also a social inbox and powerful reporting features.
  4. Iconosquare – Another great option for Instagram users. You can publish posts, carousels and stories and even schedule a first comment. The app also includes hashtag suggestions, a preview of your feed and its own Instagram-centric tools. However, it’s primarily focused on analytics slightly more than its scheduling functionality.

And, all of these Instagram scheduling tools offer analytics that will tell you the best times to post on Instagram so you can make the most of everything you publish.

So if you’re looking for the best Instagram scheduling tools, you won’t get wrong with any one of these three.

In fact, all of these tools also made it to the top of our list of the best Instagram analytics tools.

Wrapping it up

That wraps up our guide to the best Instagram schedulers. I hope you’ve found it useful.

If you’re looking for more Instagram related content, I’d recommend checking out our posts on Instagram statistics, how to run a giveaway on Instagram, and the best Instagram link in bio tools.


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