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How to Save Drafts on Instagram — A Complete Guide

How to Save Drafts on Instagram — A Complete Guide

Do you like to prepare things in advance, including what you post on social media apps like Instagram?

Or are you a social media manager who needs to prepare Instagram posts for your client daily?

Well, curating those posts daily can be draining. But, thanks to Instagram’s draft feature, gone are the days when you need to be online every day to create your posts.

So, how do you exactly save drafts on the Instagram app?

 

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS)

  1. Press the “+” button on the upper right of Instagram’s home page after launching the app.
  2. Choose what post are you going to create on Instagram: “Post,” “Story,” “Reel,” or “Live.”
  3. Tap the “Next” button after you take or upload a photo or video on the creator page. 
  4. Edit the said post by adding filters and effects to the photo or video you’re uploading.
  5. Press the “Next” button.
  6. Type out the post’s caption, add a location, tag people, and tweak its advanced settings on the “New Post” page.
  7. Press the “<” button twice.
  8. On the pop-out menu, tap the “Save Draft” option.
  9. On the creator page, tap “Drafts” to check whether the post you recently created was successfully saved as a draft.

Saving drafts on Instagram isn’t as tricky as saving a TikTok draft to your camera roll.

But, you need to know what buttons to press for you to save drafts on the Instagram app installed on your iPhone.

Step 1: After tapping the IG app on your iPhone’s home screen, go to the upper right corner of the home page and press the “+” button.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 1

Step 2: Go to the lower right corner of the creator page and choose what kind of post you’ll create on IG from the 4 options available: “Post,” “Story,” “Reel,” or “Live.”

For sample purposes, we’ll select the “Post” option by tapping it.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 2

Step 3: From the gallery on the creator page, swipe through the photos and videos and tap the video or photo you want to use.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 3.1

After making your photo or video selection, go to the upper right of the page again to press the “Next” button.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 3.2

Step 4: The “Filter” page will then appear. Just tap the filter you want to use for the post.

If you can’t find the right filter or you simply don’t want to add a filter, just press “Normal.”

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 4.1

Then, press the “Edit” tab beside “Filter” to add effects and tweak the photo or video’s look to achieve the effect you want.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 4.2

Step 5: Once you’re done adding effects and filters, tap the “Next” button to proceed to the next page.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 5

Step 6: The “New Post” page then appears on the screen. This is where you’ll add the final touches to the IG post you’re creating.

Here you can type the caption, tag people (making sure you know how many you can tag on a certain Instagram post, add a location, or even tweak the post’s “Advanced Settings.”

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 6

Step 7: If you’re done adding the small details to your Instagram post, tap the “<” button on the upper left of the page twice.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 7

Step 8: You’ll then find a pop-out menu appearing at the bottom of your iPhone’s screen.

Since you’ll save the new IG post as a draft, tap to select the “Save Draft” option.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 8

Step 9: Instagram will then process the saving of the new post under the “Drafts” folder.

But, if you want to make sure that IG successfully saved it, go back to the first page of the creator page and tap the “Drafts” tab beside “Recents.”

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (iOS) Step 9

From there, you’ll see all the drafted Instagram posts, including the most recent one you made.

While it is simple to save drafts on Instagram using an iPhone, you need to learn how to save drafts on an Android phone as well.

 

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android)

  1. After launching the Instagram app, tap the “+” button on the home page’s top right corner.
  2. Select what kind of IG post you’ll create: “Post,” “Story,” “Reel,” or “Live.”
  3. Choose a photo or video from the “Gallery” section and tap the right-pointing arrow on the upper right of the page.
  4. Add a filter and effects on the video or photo you’re uploading to enhance its look.
  5. Tap the right-pointing arrow icon.
  6. Type out the post’s caption, tag people, add a location, and tweak the post’s advanced settings on the “New Post” page.
  7. Press the left-pointing arrow 3 times until a pop-out menu appears.
  8. Tap the “Save draft” option.
  9. Press the “Drafts” option on the creator page to see whether the newly-drafted post is successfully saved.

While the process of saving drafts on Instagram is the same for both Android and iOS devices, there are quite a few differences when using an Android phone.

Step 1: Once you launch the Instagram app on your phone and its home page launches, press the “+” button in the upper right corner.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 1

Step 2: You’ll then be redirected to the creator page. Like on the iOS version, choose whether you want to create a new “Post,” “Story,” “Reel,” or “Live” on the app.

Again, for sample purposes, I’ll tap the “Post” option (which by the way, is the default choice that is highlighted).

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 2

Step 3: After choosing what post you’ll create, go to the “Gallery” section and choose a photo or video you’ll use by pressing on its thumbnail.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 3.1

Then, press the “→” icon on the creator page’s upper right corner.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 3.2

Step 4: Same with how you save drafts on Instagram iPhone, add filters and effects by tapping the “Filters” and “Effects” tabs respectively.

If you just want to keep the photo or video’s original settings, choose “Normal” in “Filters” and not tap the “Effects” tab.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 4

Step 5: Proceed to the next page by pressing the same right-pointing (→) arrow icon on the page’s top right corner.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 5

Step 6:The “New Post” page then appears.

Type out your post’s caption, add hashtags, tag people, add location, and even tweak its “Advanced Settings” on the said page.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 6

Step 7: After adding the final details to the IG post, press the “←” icon three times.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 7

Step 8: A pop-out window will then appear in the middle of the screen. From there, choose the “Save draft” option by tapping on it.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 8

Step 9: The newly-drafted IG post will then be processed and saved in the “Drafts” folder

Just tap “Drafts” beside the “Gallery” option to see whether the new post appears alongside the older drafts you created within the IG app.

How to Save Drafts on Instagram (Android) Step 9

However, do take note that you cannot save a draft on the web version of Instagram.

The moment you click the back button until the pop-out menu appears, the “Save draft” option isn’t available. 

You can only “Discard” the said IG post you made or “Cancel.”

Regardless, master the steps laid out above so you can save drafts on the Instagram app in a few taps.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Save Drafts on Instagram

 

How do I save drafts on Instagram if I’m accessing the app on a computer?

Unfortunately, you can’t save a draft on Instagram if you’re using a computer. Even if you click the “Back” arrow a couple of times and make the pop-out window appear, the only options you can see are “Discard” and “Cancel.” You can only save drafts on Instagram on Android and iOS devices.

 

If I want to delete a post I recently drafted on Instagram, how do I do it?

To discard a drafted Instagram post, press the “+” on the home page. Then, press the “Drafts” tab. Then, tap “Manage” on the folder’s upper right before tapping “Edit.” Tap the video or photo thumbnail, press “Done” and tap “Discard posts” on the menu that appears.

 

Can I save an Instagram post as a draft even if I don’t edit, add a caption, location, and tag people?

Unfortunately, you cannot save an Instagram post as a draft if you don’t edit, tag people, or add a location or caption to it. Drafted Instagram posts are considered ready-to-share, hence, the need to add those final details for them to be saved as drafts.

 

Can I save a reel on Instagram as a draft?

You definitely can save a reel you created on Instagram as a draft. Just press the “Next” button twice after creating the reel and tap the “Save draft” option from the menu that appears.