Here's how to manage multiple Instagram accounts from your desktop or phone

If you are a social media professional or an entrepreneur, you have probably asked yourself, "Can I manage multiple Instagram accounts?"

Rest assured you can. And it's easier than you might think. In this post we explain exactly how to do it.

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Can you have multiple Instagram accounts?

The simple answer is yes. A user can manage up to five Instagram accounts directly in the Instagram app. With a third-party app like Hootsuite, you can manage even more Instagram accounts and share management responsibilities with other team members.

Is there an app to manage multiple Instagram accounts?

The easiest way to manage multiple Instagram accounts is to use a social media management app like Hootsuite. This is a great way to manage multiple Instagram accounts from your mobile device or your computer. It also makes it easier to work with multiple Instagram accounts by letting you schedule posts for each account in advance.

You can also use Hootsuite to manage multiple Instagram accounts and multiple Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest accounts. Everything in one dashboard.

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How to manage multiple Instagram accounts in the Instagram app

Here's how to have multiple Instagram accounts on iPhone or Android

You can manage multiple Instagram accounts on your phone by adding them to the Instagram app.

Step 1: Open Instagram and go to your profile page.

step 2: Tap the hamburger icon, then Settings.

step 3: Tap Add Account.

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Step 4: Enter the credentials for the account you want to add.

Step 5: Tap Sign In.

Step 6: To make it easier to access multiple Instagram accounts with one login, go back to "Settings" and tap on "Set up multiple logins".

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Step 7: Select the account you want to use to log in to all accounts. Note that anyone who has access to the account you choose will have access to all linked accounts.

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Login update page on Instagram

Follow steps 1 through 5 for each account you want to add. You can add a maximum of five accounts to the Instagram app.

How to switch between accounts on Instagram

Step 1: On your profile page, tap your username in the upper left corner.

step 2: Select the account you want to use.

Instagram account picker

The selected account will open.

step 3: Post, comment, like and get involved in this account as often as you like. When you're ready to switch to a different account, tap our username again to choose a different account.

Note that you remain signed in to the last account you used on Instagram. Always verify that you are using the correct account before posting or working on new content.

How to Post to Multiple Accounts on Instagram

You can now post to any account you've added to the Instagram app. Just select the account you want to use by following the steps above, then start posting as you normally would.

With the profile photo you can always see which account you are using. The profile photo can be quite small in some views. So choose different photos to make sure you're always posting to the correct account.

How to remove one of your Instagram accounts from the app

At some point, you may want to remove one of your multiple Instagram accounts from the app.

Why? Since you can manage a maximum of five accounts in the Instagram app, you may want to remove an account to make room for adding a new one. Or, you might not be working on a particular account anymore and you just want to make sure you don't accidentally post to it.

How to remove a single Instagram account from the app.

Note: If you've set up multiple accounts to sign in, you'll need to turn them off before you can remove individual accounts. If you haven't enabled sign-in for multiple accounts, skip to step 4.

Step 1: In your profile, tap the hamburger icon, then Settings and then Multi-Account Login.

step 2: Uncheck the account you want to remove and tap Remove in the pop-up window.

Option to deselect an account on the multiple account login page on Instagram

Option to remove an account on Instagram

Although it looks like you're done, you haven't removed the account from your app yet. You just removed it from the multi-account login. There are a few more steps to take to remove it from the app:

step 3: Return to your profile and switch to the account you want to remove.

Step 4: Then tap the hamburger icon the settings.

Step 5: Tap on Log out (username) and then on the pop-up window on Log out.

Option to log out of Instagram

When you go back to your profile and tap your username, the removed account will no longer be in the drop-down list.

Note that removing your account from the app will not delete your account. If you really want to delete your account (forever), just follow Instagram's steps.

How to manage multiple Instagram accounts with Creator Studio

With the Instagram app, you can only manage Instagram on mobile devices. If you're looking for an easy way to manage Instagram on desktop, try Facebook's free dashboard, Creator Studio.

Creator Studio lets you publish and schedule content to multiple accounts, and access Instagram Insights from desktop and mobile.

To connect to Instagram in Creator Studio, do the following:

Step 1: Switch to a company profile or a creator account.

step 2: Go to Creator Studio and click the Instagram icon at the top of the screen.

step 3: Follow the instructions to sign in to Instagram in Creator Studio. You'll need to use your Instagram username and password.

That's it!

If your Instagram account is connected to a Facebook Page, the process may be a little different depending on the relationship between your Facebook Page and the Instagram account.

How to manage multiple Instagram accounts with Hootsuite

With a social media management platform like Hootsuite, you can easily manage all of your social media accounts (including one or more Instagram accounts) from your computer. Hootsuite also offers access to more advanced features than Creator Studio, such as: B. Bulk planning and detailed analysis.

How to view multiple Instagram accounts on Hootsuite

The first step in using multiple Instagram accounts in Hootsuite is to add them to your dashboard.

You can add personal or work Instagram accounts to Hootsuite. However, business accounts have a streamlined booking process and offer advanced features. You can view both work and personal Instagram accounts together in your Hootsuite dashboard. How to set it up:

Step 1: Sign in to your Hootsuite dashboard.

step 2: Click + Add Social Network.

Button to add another social network in Hootsuite

step 3: Click Instagram in the left menu, then click Connect to Instagram.

Option to add multiple Instagram profiles in Hootsuite

Step 4: Click Authorize in the pop-up window.

Authorize an Instagram account button in Hootsuite

Step 5: If you have a business account, click Sign in to Facebook and go to step 6.

If you have a personal account, click "Quit with restricted access" in the next pop-up window, then click "Quit" again. Finished.

Option to log into Facebook to confirm Instagram authorization in Hootsuite

Note: For more information on getting the most out of an Instagram business account with Hootsuite, see the “Managing Multiple Instagram Business Accounts” section.

Step 6: Follow the steps in the Facebook login.

Confirm in Facebook

Step 7: Click on Done.

Hootsuite message confirming direct posting to Instagram has been set up

Repeat the steps for each Instagram you want to add to Hootsuite.

How to switch between Instagram accounts on Hootsuite

Stream your posts for each account in the Hootsuite dashboard to see your Instagram accounts at a glance and easily switch between them.

Step 1: Click + Add Stream

Button to add a stream in Hootsuite

step 2: Click Instagram and select the account you want to add. Then click on My Posts. If you'd like to use Hootsuite to schedule Instagram posts for later, it's a good idea to add the Scheduled stream as well.

Here's how to add another Instagram account in Hootsuite

Repeat for each of your Instagram accounts.

Now you can see all of your Instagram accounts on Hootsuite so you can easily switch between them.

How to post to multiple Instagram accounts on Hootsuite

You can use Hootsuite to post to any of the Instagram accounts you've added to your Hootsuite dashboard. The process is slightly different depending on whether you are posting to a business or personal account.

Booking to a business account

Here is a quick video overview:

And here are the detailed steps:

Step 1: From the Hootsuite dashboard, tap New Post and select the Instagram account you'd like to post from. You can choose multiple accounts if you want to post the same post on more than one Instagram account.

step 2: Add your photo and text, then click Publish Now or Schedule for Later.

Option to schedule an Instagram post or post to Hootsuite now

step 3: If you choose Post Now, the post will be published directly to your Instagram account. If you choose Schedule for Later, it will be published automatically at the scheduled time. In the meantime, you can view and edit your post in the scheduled stream in your Hootsuite dashboard.

Screenshot of a scheduled Instagram post in Hootsuite

To switch to a different Instagram account, go back to step 1 and choose another account.

Booking to a personal account

You can create and schedule your posts for a personal Instagram account using the Hootsuite dashboard on your desktop for greater control over your posts. Personal accounts use a mobile notification workflow so you do the final posting step on your phone.

First, make sure you have both the Hootsuite app and the Instagram app installed on your phone.

Then follow the steps in the video below to create your post.

To switch to a different Instagram account, go back to step 1 and choose another account.

How to remove one of your Instagram accounts from Hootsuite

At some point, you may want to remove one of your Instagram accounts from Hootsuite. Here's how:

Step 1: From the Hootsuite dashboard, click your profile picture, then click Manage Networks.

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step 2: Click the gear icon for the account you want to remove, then click Remove from Hootsuite.

How to remove an Instagram account from Hootsuite

step 3: Click OK in the pop-up window. Note that this will delete all scheduled posts for this Instagram account.

Confirmation window that you want to remove a social network from Hootsuite

The removed account will no longer appear in your social accounts picker, and any streams associated with that account will be removed from your dashboard.

Note that removing your account from Hootsuite does not delete your account. If you really want to delete your account (forever), just follow Instagram's steps.

How to manage multiple business Instagram accounts

If you manage multiple business accounts, we recommend using the Hootsuite dashboard for your posts rather than managing your accounts directly in the Instagram app.

While the Instagram app is limited to managing 5 Instagram accounts, including work and personal accounts, business users can add up to 35 social profiles to the Hootsuite dashboard.

By managing multiple Instagram business accounts in Hootsuite, you can also collaborate with team members and access advanced analytics from the same platform that you use to manage and measure your other social accounts.

To effectively manage multiple Instagram business accounts, you need to make sure that each of your Instagram accounts is linked to a Facebook Page. Here is how.

Step 1: If you own the Facebook page, sign in to the page and click Settings.

Settings icon in Facebook

If you do not own the Facebook Page, you will need to ask a Page Admin to add you as an editor.

step 2: Click Page Roles in the left column and make sure you are listed as an editor or administrator.

Facebook admin management screen

Step 3: Click Instagram on the left menu. Then click Connect Account and enter your Instagram credentials. Then click Sign In.

Button to connect to Instagram in Facebook

At that point, if you are trying to log into a personal Instagram account, the system will walk you through the process of converting it to a business account.

Step 4: Now open the Hootsuite dashboard and click + Add Social Network.

Button to add another social network in Hootsuite

Step 5: Click Instagram in the left menu, then click Connect to Instagram.

Option to add multiple Instagram profiles in Hootsuite

Step 6: Click Authorize in the pop-up window.

Authorize an Instagram account button in Hootsuite

Step 7: Click on Log in to Facebook and follow the steps in the Facebook login.

Option to log into Facebook to confirm Instagram authorization in Hootsuite

Step 8: Click on Done.

Confirm in Facebook

Repeat the steps for each Instagram business account that you want to add to Hootsuite.

Watch this video to learn how to add multiple Instagram business accounts to Hootsuite.

You can now manage all of your Instagram business accounts from your Hootsuite dashboard.

How push notifications work with multiple Instagram accounts

If you've enabled push notifications for multiple Instagram accounts, you will receive notifications for all of them on your mobile device.

In each notification, the corresponding account name is shown in brackets before the notification's content.

Instagram notification

Tapping on a notification will take you straight to the corresponding Instagram account, regardless of which account you last used.

If you're using Instagram and you get a notification from one of your other accounts, the notification will appear at the top of your screen.

Instagram notification at the top of the screen

When you manage multiple Instagram accounts on one device, it can be overwhelming when they all send push notifications. Fortunately, you can customize the push notifications for each of your Instagram accounts separately.

Step 1: In the account you want to customize notifications for, tap the hamburger icon in the upper right corner, then tap Settings.

step 2: Tap Notifications.

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step 3: Select which actions you want to be notified for this account. You can also pause notifications for up to 8 hours.

Notification options in Instagram

Repeat the steps for each account to customize the push notifications you will receive for each of your multiple Instagram accounts.

Can I create multiple Instagram accounts with one email?

You can! According to Instagram's guidelines, an email address can be linked to up to 5 Instagram accounts.

For security reasons, consider using different emails for different accounts. That way, if you ever lose access to your email account (and can't recover a lost password), you won't be banned from all of the Instagram accounts you manage.

How to delete multiple Instagram accounts

Instagram doesn't like users leaving, so it is a bit of a chore to leave the platform. Unfortunately, you can't delete multiple accounts at once – you'll have to edit them one by one.

When you delete an account, all of your data will be permanently removed. Instead, temporarily deactivate your account. If you are sure that you want to remove an account once and for all, follow the steps provided by Instagram in Help.

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