How to Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts on One Mobile Device

 

by Nazia Khan-Ahmed  

Instagram has grown to become one of the leading social media platforms. Twitter kicked off as a mobile based network, you had to have a mobile device to login and post your tweets. Now Twitter can easily be accessed through a desktop. Twitter is basically designed to facilitate mobile based audience.

Now observe this via a marketer’s point of view, this is not exactly the best of ideas. This isn’t an ideal situation for a marketer to juggle mobile applications. If you have separate personal and professional accounts on Twitter it becomes a bit of a hassle. You have to have a mobile device completely dedicated to each account, although it wouldn’t solve the real issue here.

Well, there are some ways you can adapt in order to facilitate your Twitter usage on Instagram.

It completely depends upon the type of device you are using and your goals regarding the usage of these devices and accounts.

One thing you have to keep in your mind before using any of the third party apps that uses Instagram’s Application Program Interface. Instagram encourages their users to use the app their official application not a third party app. To stop people from using a third party app they have blocked the ability to post pictures and videos from that application.

 

Fotogramme

This is a third party app that has the same restrictions as I mentioned before. You can only view the posts by other users and post comments. You can follow and block other users. You can see the list of people who you follow and who follow you. You can also view hashtags and mark favorite users; you can also look through hashtags. you can link more than one Instagram account so you can manage them this way.

It is considered a supplementary tool as you are not able to post from this app. You can use a desktop or a laptop to make your posts and use this tool to manage your profile afterwards. You can also respond to the engagement on the go. This is an ideal app if you just need a mobile device to respond to comments and queries.

Another restriction for this app which is by far the most important one is that it is only available to iOS. You are completely out of luck if you have an Android or a windows phone. That is a major hindrance as all of the people do not have iPhone some prefer android and windows. This reduces the number of people able to use Fotogramme in first place.

Instwogram

This is good news for Android users, this option is widely available for people using an android. It is considered a ‘mod’ rather than an individual application that links to Instagram’s Application Program Interface. This application doesn’t tweak with API which is a better option. I will explain later why.

The Instwogram application just replicates the method that is carried out by Instagram on your phone. Which is a marvelous feat as far as Instagram is concerned, it is just like how you would use Instagram’s application. You have complete Instagram on the palm on your hand. You can post pictures, videos, you can follow users and post comments and you can also register for new accounts.

There are certain restrictions, this application was developed in Bahrain so it has some glitches. It is a geographically limited version of Instagram which misses the occasional feature like the European best result search. Some other feature is also included in this category. It works well otherwise.

Now another problem you might face is that you will require one Instagram account and one Instwogram. Each of them has only one account linked. You can only manage two Instagram accounts at once from one mobile device.

Other Available Options

Multigram

Now you might think you don’t have other options available but you have them although they are not as famous as the ones I have mentioned before. They are just apps that allow Instagram viewing in exclusive ways but it’s nothing out of the average.

For iOS is mere $2 and it is developed to support more than one Instagram accounts for feed views. You can switch between various layouts and engage your audience with photos but you won’t be able to post them.

Padgram

It is the app for Android designed especially for using Kindle. Although it is feasible for the Kindle Fire line of tablets instead of their e-readers. It works perfectly with all Android devices phones and tablets alike. This allows you to post photos just like Instwogram. It just swaps out accounts in your official Instagram application in the background and uses this official app to post the actual pictures.

Gramfeed

It is a free app that can be accessed through a mobile web browser. It was primarily meant for desktop usage. It isn’t compatible for mobile devices.

MyCommenter

It is another app costing about $2 for Instagram that is designed for engagement. It displays all the comments that users leave on the photos you post. It also sorts them into replies and not replied. It is relatively fast way to scan in one glance to see what sort of engagement you are having and remind you to reply to the comments you have left. It is not feasible for managing more than one accounts. So if you really want to monitor your engagement this is the application for you. If you often forget to reply to comments your audience has left on your photos. This application sorts your comments and keeps track of new comments as well the old comments left unresponded by you.

Hootsuite Mobile

Hootsuite is by far the leading names in social media management when a marketing level is considered. It is fabricated for companies and marketers to manage their social media accounts and on a whole range of networks that includes Instagram.

It works with posting on Instagram, because it works in harmony with the official Instagram application. The predicament is their scheduling is not actually scheduling because Instagram Official doesn’t allow definite, real post scheduling. It enables you to schedule the post to show up when it’s the right time to press the button to make a post.

On the brighter side you have numerous qualities to go along with Hootsuite and Instagram. You can have manifold account management. You can have your other team members who can manage one account or several accounts at once. You will be able to achieve total integration amongst web and mobile. You have combined social feeds and countless other options.

In order to access hat Hootsuite is offering you might have to pay. The free version only has basic analytics, scheduling and three social profiles. You will have to pay extra like $10 monthly for the pro plan or you can also purchase the business plan for even more.

Official Instagram

This is the option that might come to you as a surprise. Now you might have clicked on this article to find out ways to manage your accounts from one mobile device and here I am going on and on about the apps you can use. Well it is always wise to compare and go through the pros and cons of all apps before selecting one. The good news is Instagram both the iOS and mobile device now support this feature to accommodate all the users.

The version 7.15 of Instagram enables you to add more than one account to the application. You will be able to swap between them bug free. There are certain limitations though you will only be to add five accounts only.

How to Switch Between Accounts

To switch between accounts, you have to make sure that you have installed the latest version of the official Instagram application installed.

You have to open the Instagram application and log in your primary account. As far as new feature is concerned there is a chance that you consider one of the accounts as your primary account. So you have to log in from the account first.

First, click the settings button. It depends on your operating System which might appear as gear icon that is common or the three stacked dots that Android operating system has started using for their menus that are expanded.

Secondly, just scroll down and at the bottom of the menu and click the item ‘add account’. Now tap the option and the application will start up a new login dialogue for you.

Now enter your username and password for the account you want to add to this app. Just click log in and it will be logged in. it will maintain the status of your login through the other account. You will be able to switch between these two at any time and you won’t have to enter your login and password again.

If you want to navigate from one account to another, the only thing you have to do is visit your profile and click your username on the top of your screen. This will show a menu with the usernames of each accounts you have set up for the app. Just click on the account that you want to switch to. It is quite simple as that.

One note is that you will accept push notifications from all accounts that you have added, unless you turn them off. If you have five accounts added, that’s five accounts worth of push notifications. If all of those accounts are active, watch out; that can be a constant stream of notifications and can be very difficult to keep up with. It can also be quite draining on your battery. I recommend turning off push notifications, but you will have to do it for each account.

 

  • Go to one of your linked profiles.
  • Tap the settings button; again, either the stacked dots or the gear icon depending on your OS.
  • Tap the “push notification settings” menu item and change your settings. Turning them off is probably a good idea unless you have a slow profile or really need them available.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the other profiles you have linked to this Instagram app.

Instagram gratefully makes it quite easy to remove an account you’ve linked, as well. All you have to do is go to your profile and switch to the account you want detached from the list. Tap the settings button as usual, then scroll down and log out of that account. This will remove it from the list, and you can replace it with a different account if you choose. The five account limit applies to accounts logged in at the same time, not accounts you can have in totality.

If you didn’t know about this multi-user functionality before now, that’s completely fine. It’s actually a very fresh feature, released in early February 2016. There’s bound to be some shakeup amongst the other apps I mentioned, because many of them only existed to create the functionality that Instagram itself now handles natively. That means some of those apps, like Instwogram, are likely going to stay unsupported.

I wouldn’t be astonished if Instwogram, or other apps like it, choose to adopt the multi-logon feature, though. It’s a rare scenario, but if you’re managing more than 6 Instagram accounts, being able to do it all from one device would be a blessing. Of course, I don’t know why you would want to have that many accounts. The only case I can think of is when you’re an agency handling Instagram for many clients, but in that case you should have a better setup than third party apps. You have to come up with more than just these third party to manage your professional Instagram profile to handle your clients in a better manner. I hope this articles provides you the answers you have been looking for but if not there are always trial and error way to do this. You can conduct your own experiments and see what works for you best.

 

About the Author 

Nazia Khan- Ahmed is a Social Media Writer who has majored in Textile Designing. Also Holds Bachelor’s degree in Education and English Language Certification. Finds it impossible to discuss herself in third person but is doing so as per the demands of this bio. She is a home-maker and teaches Textile Designing to degree classes at the same time. Being nocturnal has taught her to manage her work in the night and her home at day time.