How to Schedule Facebook Posts to Save Time

How to Schedule Facebook Posts to Save Time

Knowing how to schedule Facebook posts helps you: Save time creating individual posts Provide consistent content for your followers Connect and engage with more people It’s a boon for any frazzled social media marketers constantly trying to keep up with posting schedules. How to schedule Facebook posts on Facebook Below is a step-by-step on how to schedule future posts for your business’s Facebook Page. Once you have your Page, it’s time to jump into the first step. There you will see the box where you can create a post. Step 2: Select Schedule Once you’ve created a post, go to the drop down button next to Publish and select Schedule. How to schedule Facebook posts with Hootsuite If you’re looking for some sort of Facebook auto poster tool, Hootsuite’s easy-to-use scheduling functionality is here to help—just follow these easy steps. Step 3: Click Schedule Click on schedule and your post will now be scheduled to go up on Facebook at the time you decided upon. Below are all the different ways you can optimize your social media content calendar with Facebook using our platform. How to view and edit your scheduled message on Hootsuite How to schedule multiple Facebook posts with Hootsuite How to auto schedule Facebook posts with Hootsuite Let’s jump in. From your page’s main menu, do the following: Click Settings Under “Page Visibility,” click Edit Select Page Unpublished Click Save Changes This will make your page visible only to administrators—allowing you to make edits and changes as needed.

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Knowing how to schedule Facebook posts helps you:

  • Save time creating individual posts
  • Provide consistent content for your followers
  • Connect and engage with more people

It’s a boon for any frazzled social media marketers constantly trying to keep up with posting schedules. It’s also the antidote to those sad and mostly empty Facebook pages you see where the last post was from years ago.

That’s why we want to show you how to schedule Facebook posts ahead of time to make your life easier—and drive huge engagement numbers to your Page.

And there are essentially two ways you can do it (both require a Facebook for Business Page, you can’t schedule posts to personal accounts).

  • Natively. This method uses Facebook’s own posting scheduler.
  • Third-party scheduler. This method leverages a social media management and posting tool such as Hootsuite.

Let’s dive into how you can do both.

How to schedule Facebook posts on Facebook

Below is a step-by-step on how to schedule future posts for your business’s Facebook Page. To start, you need to have a Page already created.

If you don’t, don’t worry. We have an article that explains how to create your own Facebook business Page in just a few steps.

Once you have your Page, it’s time to jump into the first step.

Step 1: Create a post

Create a Post window on Facebook

Go to the top of your Facebook page’s timeline. There you will see the box where you can create a post.

Create a post for your page’s followers to see. If you need some inspiration, check out our article on creating beautiful images for your social media posts.

Step 2: Select Schedule

Schedule post button on Facebook

Once you’ve created a post, go to the drop down button next to Publish and select Schedule. That will bring you to a window that’ll allow you to select a time you want your post to go up.

Step 3: Select a date and time

Option to select date and time to schedule post on Facebook

Now select the date and time you want your Facebook post to post.

This is completely up to you. However, research has shown that the best time to post on Facebook is typically between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On the weekends, this time changes from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Step 4: Click Schedule

Click on the Schedule button at the bottom of the window and—congrats! You’ve just scheduled your first Facebook post.

Before you pop open a bottle of champagne, stand up on your desk, and make a grand speech about how much your digital marketing skills are helping the business, you might run into some issues with your post.

If that happens, you’ll have to reschedule, edit, or delete the scheduled post entirely.

How to reschedule, edit, or delete a scheduled post on Facebook

Here are some quick troubleshooting steps for when you need to change or delete a scheduled Facebook post.

Step 1: Click Publishing Tools at the top of your Page

Publishing tools option on Facebook

Step 2: Click Scheduled Posts in the left column

Schedule post option in the Facebook scheduling dashboard
Step 3: Click the post you want to edit
Option to select post to schedule

Step 4: Click Edit to edit the post, or click the dropdown button to choose to publish, reschedule or delete it

Option to edit, publish, schedule, or delete Facebook post

Note: All times for scheduling correspond to your current timezone.

How to schedule Facebook posts with Hootsuite

If you’re looking for some sort of Facebook auto poster tool, Hootsuite’s easy-to-use scheduling functionality is here to help—just follow these easy steps.

Step 1: Click Compose Message

Compose a message to schedule window in Hootsuite

At the top of your Hootsuite dashboard is the box where you can compose messages. Click on that and a text box will open up where you can create your Facebook post.

Scheduling a Facebook post using Hootsuite

Type in your message. If you need to include a link,…

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