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#HootTip: How to Add Instagram to your HootSuite Dashboard

By Hootsuite | 1 year ago | Skills | No Comments

HootTip iconWith over a 100 million global users and millions of precious moments snapped and shared every day,  Instagram is one of the most popular social networks on the mobile web. But did you know you can add your Instagram account to your HootSuite dashboard to manage your photo stream, and conduct keyword photo searches. To help you get acquainted with the very popular Instagram App on HootSuite, here’s a brand new #HootTip video.

Downloading the Instagram App

In your dashboard go to the App Directory. You can quickly locate the Instagram app by typing it into the search field. Install the app and add the stream to a new tab, or if you prefer, an existing tab on your dashboard.

Now connect your Instagram account by authorizing the app. And Voila! Your photo stream is now in your dashboard. You can now comment on and like photos in your stream.  An even more interesting functionality is the ability to create specific search streams around keywords and hashtags.

Here’s How

1) Simply click the magnifying glass in the top right corner of any Instagram stream.

Clicking the magnifying glass on an Instagram stream allows you to search for images related to a specific subject.
Clicking the magnifying glass on an Instagram stream allows you to search for images related to a specific subject.

2) Type a keyword into the search field on this stream (you don’t need to use a hashtag).

3)  Hit “search” and see the results roll in.

This stream will now give you the latest images that have been tagged with that search term – a great way to monitor all sorts of keywords and hashtags that relate to your interests or your business. You can create as many streams as you like to stay in the know about what’s trending on Instagram.

HootSuite is always asking users to suggest new apps and app improvements. Have any ideas? Let us know on our Feedback Channel. Also, keep an eye out for new #HootTips – they’re short and sweet  so you can share your HootSuite expertise with your friends and followers.

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SK
SK

Is there a way to add multiple hashtag streams within my account? I can search for them, but I'd like to set up streams, like with my Twitter account.  Thanks!

LR
LR

I'm not seeing a way to schedule Instagram, is this possible? That would be GREAT news!

WestburnRealty
WestburnRealty

I added the app but it didn't show the "Connect with Instagram" option, how do I add my account now?

StaceyStiles
StaceyStiles

I added the app, but it never gave me the chance to verify. How do I do that?

TheSocialAnimal
TheSocialAnimal

I have done this, and see my Instagram feed... but is it not possible to POST to Instagram? I don't see that capability. I feel it's pointless to be able to see the feed but not actually make posts to Instagram from Hootsuite?

gumpelmaier
gumpelmaier

Yes, managing multiple accounts would be nice! 

JacquelineMeth
JacquelineMeth

Whoa, you guys need to enhance Hootsuite so that the user can manage multiple Instagram accounts through it.  


When do you think that will happen?

randomuser
randomuser

Hootsuite needs this feature, otherwise its pointless for hootsuite to have an IG APP, Liking does not allow my business to get its info out there on IG

Trish
Trish

We are managing a couple of instagram accounts - can each of these be added to hoot suite or only one account?

annjaneliving
annjaneliving

Will there ever be a way to schdule instagram posts? Do you plan on adding that feature at some point to hootsuite?

KatieRamsden
KatieRamsden

Hey there, I don't seem to be able to get the instagram app on the hootsuite iphone app. Can you do this?


dose82
dose82

helo, how i can post the pictures on instagram??? sorry but i don't understand

help meee

Philoups
Philoups

What about following SEVERAL KEYWORDS on one stream? Maybe I'm missing something but when I search for several keywords, nothing shows, which is pretty annoying. And cannot juggle several streams for the same thing.

love_groceries
love_groceries

Is there any way to add my Instagram stream to the Hootsuite app on my phone as well? I get that I can't schedule posts from there, but it would be helpful to at least be able to scan my stream. Thanks!

Tatiana
Tatiana

Can I schedule posts on Instagram with the free version?

TourAbsurd
TourAbsurd

Not working.  I'm able to add the app, but nothing displays and there is no search option.  The magnifying glass is not showing.

Maurax
Maurax

É possível postar fotos? Agendar posts Para o IG?

Florence
Florence

Sounds and looks easy enough but isn't working at my end. I am getting a can't find web page error message. Any idea?

eliadden
eliadden

quieroo seguir a alguien desde hootsuite en instagram pero no se como hacerlo?? se puedee??

Guest
Guest

I want to be able to post to InstaGram from Hootsuite. How far off is that feature?

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@SK Hi there! The closest thing I can suggest to this would be to connect with your Instagram  account in a new stream for each keyword/hashtag search you'd like to monitor, and then search for your desired hashtag in that stream. I hope this helps! 


Megan @Hootsuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help


HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@LR Thanks for your question!


At this time it is not possible to scheduled posts to Instagram through Hootsuite. That being said, when possible through the Instagram API this capability will certainly be considered. 


If you would like to vote for this feature here, you will receive an notification when there are any updates - https://feedback.hootsuite.com/forums/167337-hootsuite-app-instagram/suggestions/3935225-allow-a-photo-to-be-posted-to-instagram-from-your


Best,

Kathleen | @Hootsuite_Help | Hootsuite Help Desk - http://ow.ly/dBnBz

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@WestburnRealty

Hi there,


Thanks for contacting us! My name is Amy from the help team and I'm glad to assist you.


Please try to add an Instagram Stream by going to Add Stream > Apps > Instagram. 


If you are still not seeing the " Connect with Instagram" option, please clear your dashboard cache via: : http://ow.ly/rBAdV and try a different browser or incognito window/private browser. 


If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter at @hootsuite_help.


Kind Regards,

Amy | Customer Advocate | @Hootsuite_Help

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@StaceyStiles


Hi there,


Once you've added Instagram as a stream in HootSuite, you should be able to "Connect with Instagram."

I hope this helped!

If you require any further assistance, please tweet us (HootSuite_Help).

Regards,

Whitney | @HootSuite_Help | http://hootsuite.com/help

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@TheSocialAnimal  


Hi there!


Our apologies; however, it is currently not possible to post to Instagram from the HootSuite dashboard. This is a result of Instagram's API that limits users to posting content only through the Instagram App itself.


I hope this helps to clarify!


Whitney | @HootSuite_Help | http://hootsuite.com/help

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Trish  Hello Trish,

Thanks for reaching out to the HootSuite Help Team! My name is Paige and I am happy to help you.

At this time, only one Instagram account can be added to the Dashboard through the app. We hope for a release to their API in order to be able to improve this functionality!

Should you have any follow up questions, please send us a tweet to @HootSuite_Help and we'll be happy to assist further there!

Best regards Trish,

Paige @HootSuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help

jordanbehan
jordanbehan moderator

@KatieRamsden Presently our mobile app does not support the app integrations, but yours is a very good idea!

jordanbehan
jordanbehan moderator

@dose82 Instagram is still a "phone only" app, and it requires you to post from your phone. The HootSuite app will let you view, like and comment photos though. If Instagram changes the access so that our tool will let you post, you'll see the update right here. 

jordanbehan
jordanbehan moderator

@Tatiana Not presently, because Instagram will only allow posts from its app (in phone). You can view and like photos, add search streams of them and comment though. You can also of course schedule messages on other social networks containing links to your existing Instagram photos, but I suppose that is obvious. 

jordanbehan
jordanbehan moderator

@Florence Is it when you try to add Instagram? When does the error come up? If you're still struggling, the fine folks at our Help Desk would be happy to assist you: http://hootsuite.com/help

jordanbehan
jordanbehan moderator

@Guest It's hard to say, but I look forward to that too. Presently, Instagram has remained firmly "phone only" where posting is concerned;  no third-party apps or web-based tools can post to it yet. If they enable the possibility and grant us access, we will add it as soon as we can. 

JeffsBestHemp
JeffsBestHemp

@HootSuite_Help_Desk @TheSocialAnimal That's very disappointing, that's exactly what I thought was being said initially in the article. It's very frustrating ot have to constantly do business posts by hand exclusively for instagram.

FrannkyFuentes
FrannkyFuentes

@HootSuite_Help_Desk  you guys sure? I am managing multiple accounts through mine. all you have to do is authorize one then on a separate tab you log out from your instagram account and log into the next account you want to use then go back to hootsuite and add an extra stream and authorize that one and so on.

lesann620
lesann620

@jordanbehan The app Latergram allows you to schedule posts, so other companies have been able to do it. Is HS still trying to work toward this? 

TourAbsurd
TourAbsurd

@jordanbehan Argh, this makes no sense (what Instagram is doing)!  Yes, please do let us know a.s.a.p. if this changes.  Thanks!

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@FrannkyFuentes Hi there, our apologies for the miscommunication!  You are absolutely correct, thank you for bringing that to our attention.  At this time you are able to follow the steps you mentioned to review multiple accounts.  Best, Sharin | @HootSuite_Help | http://hootsuite.com/help