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How to Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts on Desktop

Jaeyou Park

Marketing Associate - 23 Nov, 2018

When Instagram first came to be, it was difficult to navigate in browsers. It really was built with only the mobile app in mind, at first. And while there's still no way to actually upload your photographs to Instagram within the app itself at your computer, you can do pretty much everything else. There are several apps you can use in Shift like to post to Instagram on your desktop including Later, Buffer, and Hootsuite. These days, Instagram allows you to view Stories, watch IGTV, search and explore tags and locations, and follow (and unfollow, let's be real) accounts from your desktop computer. Let’s face it, it’s just so much nicer to view photos at a high resolution on a big desktop monitor rather than having to see smaller, lower quality versions of those pictures on your phone.

There’s also just no good way to be logged into multiple Instagram accounts at once on the mobile app, and then to view those accounts side-by-side. If you’re sick and tired of having to log in and out of your different Instagram profiles, downloading Shift is the best solution to solve that problem for you! Keep reading to learn the best ways to add multiple Instagram accounts on your desktop in Shift, and also how to manage all of those accounts effectively.

Who needs to manage multiple Instagram accounts?

You might have more than one Instagram account if you not only have a personal account, but also one for a hobby, or a side hustle. Nowadays anyone managing an Instagram profile professionally likely has more than one account. Whether you have a personal account, and a brand account or you manage multiple accounts as an influencer or agency, you're likely running two or more accounts. Luckily, you can manage multiple accounts directly in the Shift desktop app. While Instagram doesn't have an official desktop app or an elegant solution for managing multiple accounts, Shift allows you to work with as many Instagram accounts as you like on your PC, Mac or Linux desktop computer. Workspaces in Shift also allows you to easily manage multiple Instagram accounts along with all of your other social media apps. Workspaces makes it easy to groups together all your apps, including Instagram, according to what they're used for. That way you can have Workspaces for social media for business, personal, and side hustle, for example.

How to log into Instagram on desktop via Shift

Shift is no stranger to the coolest applications, and Instagram is definitely one of our users' favorite apps. It’s the best social media app for sharing and viewing photos and short videos. Our most active users are managing several Instagram accounts in Shift without the hassle of logging in and out since you can stay logged into multiple accounts at once.

Here is how to add Instagram to your deck of apps in Shift:

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1. Go to Add Application [+]
2. Search for Instagram
3. Click the + in the top right-hand corner to install it
4. Enter an account name and choose a color
5. Log in using your Instagram account or Facebook

How to add multiple Instagram accounts via Shift

The best part about using Instagram on Shift is how simple it is to manage multiple Instagram accounts. It’s easy to add more than one Instagram account to Shift. To log into more than one account, all you need to do is repeat the above steps for each of the accounts.

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1. Click on the add application icon [+]
2. Search for Instagram (there should be a green check mark since you've already signed in once)
3. Click + to install it
4. Enter your account name and choose a color for it
5. Log in using a different Instagram account or Facebook

Tip: Choosing a different color and setting a different name for each account will help you to distinguish between them if you're using the compact layout.

You can repeat these steps as many times as you like to get all of the Instagram accounts you manage in one place. Now, you’re all set to manage multiple Instagram accounts in Shift!

How to switch between Instagram accounts via Shift

Switching between your accounts in Shift is simple. Once you've added your Instagram accounts to Shift, they will show on the left-hand sidebar. All you need to do to switch between them is click on the icon and that account will take over the main window. This makes switching between Instagram accounts on your desktop a breeze compared to logging in and out of accounts in a browser. It’s also easier than switching between Instagram accounts on the mobile app where you have to switch within the app itself, and can’t actually view more than one account side-by-side, like you can on desktop with Shift.

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How to manage multiple Instagram accounts with Workspaces

With Workspaces in Shift, you can easily manage multiple Instagram accounts, as well as multiple other social media accounts. Workspaces are dedicated, and fully customizable, spaces for your most important work within Shift. You can add apps, tabs, and bookmarks directly within a Workspace. If you manage multiple Instagram accounts as a social media manager, for example, you can put each Instagram account into its own Workspace. You can also keep all of the social media accounts that you manage for each client together in one Workspace including Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, and TikTok. Another great addition to your Workspace are apps that you use to schedule and manage social media posts, such as Later, Buffer, and Hootsuite. You’ll even stay logged into all of the social media accounts and management tools within a Workspace so you won’t have to worry about logging in and out of any accounts. It’s so much easier to have all of your social media apps grouped together in a Workspace so you aren’t searching through the sidebar looking for the right Instagram account.

How to use social media management tools for Instagram in Shift

If you manage multiple Instagram accounts, chances are you also use social media management tools to schedule and analyze those Instagram accounts. With Shift, you can download all of the best social media management tools and keep them in one place. If you use multiple different tools such as Later, Buffer, and Hootsuite then you can use Shift to keep all of those apps organized on your desktop. These tools allow you to schedule Instagram posts which makes it easier to manage multiple accounts. Since the Instagram desktop app doesn’t allow you to upload Stories or posts, using these social media management tools are essential if you want to effectively manage multiple Instagram accounts on desktop. You can not only schedule posts with these tools, but you can also analyze data to track the engagement of your posts. Analyzing engagement is crucial for taking the management of multiple Instagram accounts to the next level. If you’re taking advantage of the right tools to analyze engagement, you won’t waste your time on Instagram Stories, posts, and IGTV videos that just aren’t performing. And with Shift, that analysis can happen right on your desktop instead of having to use the mobile apps. Who wants to have to view charts and graphs on a tiny phone screen rather than on a desktop monitor, right?

Instagram on desktop with Shift vs mobile

There are a lot of advantages to using Instagram on your desktop instead of with the mobile app. Since photos are displayed in a much larger size on your desktop, it’s easier to make sure all of the photos on your account are of top-notch quality. It’s also easier to view photos, Stories, and IGTV on other profiles on desktop rather than on mobile. While you can’t post photos or Stories on the desktop app in Shift, all of the best social media management apps including Later, Buffer, and Hootsuite are supported in Shift. That way you can post to Instagram directly within Shift by using one of these apps. It’s even easier than using the mobile version of apps since you can view the photos you’re posting at a much larger size and higher quality on your desktop monitor. Writing captions is also easier on desktop since you can use a full-sized keyboard and the best editing browser extensions, like Grammarly which is built right into Shift. While using Instagram on mobile is useful on occasion due to the portability phone, ultimately the best Instagram experience is on desktop using Shift.

Ready to manage multiple Instagram accounts better?

Shift is the easiest way to manage multiple Instagram accounts on desktop. It’s also the best way to manage all of your social media apps, and social media management tools, in one place.

Download Shift today to manage Instagram, Gmail, Facebook, WhatsApp, Slack, Trello, and thousands of your other favorite tools in one easy to use desktop app.