Exclusive: Instagram removes support for Drafting Posts with the New Update

Instagram rolled out support for Drafting Posts on Instagram for all users in 2016, allowing users to prepare a post and keep it ready with tags, filters, location, and caption for posting it later. This feature helped several businesses and creators in having their Instagram Posts fully ready prior to their desired posting time. Since then, Instagram has been receiving a lot of updates & changes improving its User Interface and Experience, especially this year. The recent updates include Dark Mode, Cross-App Platform Messaging, Reels, New Add UI, changes in the positions of toggles.

Tip: In case you’re running out of post ideas for later publishing, — download your older posts, update captions, add new effects, filters to a photo and post them as new. For this, you’ll need to do these actions:

  • Unarchive or scroll to your old posts and copy a link to them. 
  • To get a link, tap three dots in the upper right corner of the Instagram post interface. 
  • Paste a link into a tool for getting Instagram saved posts to download the photo in the original quality. 
  • To copy the caption from the older posts, you need to tap “Edit button” in the post and copy the text manually. 
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Now you can edit photos and captions texts and reuse them as new on your profile, or save as a draft for future publishing.

Instagram has recently started rolling out a different button layout for different users. For some users, the Search toggle has been moved to the top right, beside the Messenger toggle to replace it with a Reels toggle while for some, the add button and the notifications toggle have been moved to the top right along with the Messenger toggle to replace them with Reels and Shop. Some users are also receiving a layout of 6 options on the bottom bar: Home, Search, Reels, Shop, Notifications, and Profile with the “Add” option on top. The new “Add” option can now perform various functions like posting to Feed & Story, Go Live, or make a Reel. However, along with these new & exciting changes, Instagram has also removed support for Drafting Posts on Instagram, first discovered by Appleosophy Media Editor Pururaj Dutta.

Earlier, to draft posts on Instagram, all a user needed to do is Go back to Editing and Filtering and then tap the back arrow on the top left which prompted the user to either choose between “Save Draft” or “Discard”. Users would be able to see these posts by tapping on the Add button, and a section called “Drafts” would have the post under it and they could either post it, edit it, or delete it. With this new update, Instagram will no longer prompt you to save the post as Draft. This change might be a gradual rollout and you may notice this change if you are having the new “Add” Interface.

Drafting Posts was an easy and convenient way to have them ready prior to the posting time. Instagram may potentially bring back this handy feature, which would be useful for many creators & businesses around the world.

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Pururaj Dutta
Author: Pururaj Dutta

Vice President of Redfruit Media

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