How to Add and Manage Multiple Accounts on Instagram

By Vickie Sam Paget

Social

Image via Benjamin Combs under CC0 1.0

Did you know that since November 2015 it’s been possible to add and manage multiple Instagram accounts within the app itself? It’s a great time-saving feature that you, as a savvy social pro, should be taking advantage of if your Instagram marketing strategy includes more than one account.

This step-by-step guide will show you how.

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How to add multiple Instagram accounts on the app

  1. Make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of Instagram
  2. Go to your profile and tap the gear icon in right hand corner
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Options menus and tap Add Account
  4. Enter the username and password of the account you’d like to add. You can add up to five

How to switch between multiple Instagram accounts

  1. Tap your username at the top of the screen
  2. A drop down menu of your profiles will appear
  3. Tap the account you’d like to use

How push notifications work with multiple Instagram accounts

You may get push notifications from any account that has them turned on. It can vary because it really depends on when you last logged in to your account and the number of devices that are logged in to the account at that time.

If you’d like to quickly check notifications you have enabled for every account, go to your profile and tap your username at the top. All the info you desire is right there.

How to remove one of your Instagram accounts

Need to scale back your Instagram efforts and focus on what’s working? You can easily remove profiles from the app.

  1. Switch to the account you’d like to remove
  2. Go to your profile
  3. Tap on the gear symbol
  4. Scroll down and tap Log Out of [Username] or Log Out of All Accounts
  5. If you select Log Out of [Username], you’ll remain signed into your other Instagram accounts
  6. If you select Log Out of All Accounts, you will remove all of the accounts you’ve added on your app
  7. Choose whether you want the system to remember the password and then tap on Log Out

How to add and manage multiple Instagram accounts using Hootsuite

Managing multiple Instagram accounts with Hootsuite is a breeze. First, you need to add Instagram to your Hootsuite dashboard.

How to add Instagram to Hootsuite (on desktop)

  1. Click on your profile icon in the launch menu and then select Add a Social Network
  2. In the pop-up window, select Instagram and press Connect with Instagram
  3. Log in and authorize Hootsuite to access your account
  4. Pick the tab you want to work with and select Add Stream
  5. Choose Instagram from your list of connected social networks and select your Instagram profile
  6. To add multiple accounts, simply repeat this process for each account you want to add

How to add Instagram to Hootsuite (on the mobile app)

  1. Click on Settings in the Hootsuite mobile app
  2. Tap Add Social Network and select Instagram
  3. Log in and authorize Hootsuite to gain access
  4. To add multiple accounts, simply repeat this process for each account you want to add

How to manage multiple Instagram accounts using Hootsuite

This is especially easy if you already manage one Instagram profile within the dashboard.

  1. In the Compose box, add the text for your Instagram caption. Hashtags and emojis are fully supported, so you can get creative here
  2. Attach your gorgeous photo or video
  3. Click Send Now, Schedule, or Autoschedule
  4. At the time you chose to publish, you will receive a push notification from your Hootsuite mobile app. Hootsuite push notifications must be turned on to publish to Instagram
  5. Review your post and when you are ready to publish, tap on Open in Instagram
  6. Ensure you are logged into the Instagram account you wish to publish to. This is very important when you’re working with multiple Instagram accounts. Your photo or video will be posted to the account your Instagram app is currently logged in to—even if it differs from the account you have selected within Hootsuite. So double check that you’re logged in to the correct Instagram account
  7. Select the desired orientation for your photos or use Instagram’s Boomerang or Layout apps and tap Next
  8. Complete your image edits and tap Next again
  9. Paste your caption, tag people, or add your location
  10. Tap Share to publish

There you have it. You are now managing multiple Instagram accounts like the social marketing pro that you are.

With this change it’s now even easier for social media managers who handle multiple accounts to schedule an Instagram post using Hootsuite. Sign up for Hootsuite and try it free today.

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