What is Search and Repost?
Search and Repost is a tool to help you search for content by location, user, or hashtag and add it directly to your media library to schedule or repost into your own feed.
Later also adds photo credit text directly into the caption box for you, making the process of providing proper credit to the original Instagrammer simple and easy.
What you can do with Search and Repost:
- Discover the most relevant content on Instagram
- Collect valuable content from your community
- Engage with like minded Instagram Users
- Connect with your Instagram Community
How to use Search and Repost:
- Sign into Later on the web -- Make sure you are in the correct Group that you would like to Search & repost
- Select the Search & Repost tab.
From here you can search for specific #hashtags:
Note: Previously, it was possible to search by posts you've liked and username; as of April 30th, 2018, this is no longer possible due to changes in Instagram's API!
Important: Make sure to connect with the Instagram user and ask for permission to use their photo or video (video for paid plans only).
Now, select the photo you'd like to repost, and click Add to Library to add the photo to your media library:
Note: the captions, hashtags and mentions used by the post owner will be saved to the media item.
Finally, schedule your post and publish it to your Instagram profile.
For more details, please visit this blog post.
Comment on Photos:
Note: The ability to comment on Instagram posts via Search & Repost will not work after April 30th, 2018, due to restrictions in Instagram's API.
Tips on how to connect with Instagram Users and ask permission to use a photo
Instagram's Community Guidelines clearly state that no user should repost any content without permission from the account owner.
- Comment on the photo ⟹ Add a comment on the photo you want to use with an @mention to the user. This way, they'll be notified of your comment and see that it's directed to them.
- Direct Message the person via Instagram ⟹ If you don't want everyone to see your comment, you can send the user a DM through Instagram's DM box. For users who receive a lot of comments on photos, this may be a better choice as comments tend to get lost in the stream.
- Connect with the person via email ⟹ If the user includes their email or other social media handles in their bio, it might be better to reach out to them through email over Instagram. An email appears more professional, and won't get lost in the notifications and noise on Instagram.
When you ask permission be sure to include where you want to post the photo - is it on a personal account or a brand account? - and the purpose/use of the photo. Let the user know up-front what the photo will be used for by providing all the necessary information.