Create and Publish Instagram Stories!

Learn how to create and publish IG stories using direct and notification based publishing!

Updated over a week ago

Before you begin

Instagram Stories are a great way to engage with your audience and grow your following! HeyOrca makes creating and publishing Instagram Stories along with your IG posts and Reels a breeze! This guide goes over how to create and publish Stories using direct publishing as well as mobile and email notifications.

Before you begin, here are some important things to note:

  • Direct Publishing for Stories is only available for single images and videos, and requires and IG Professional Account. Click here to learn more

  • We cannot add elements such as trending audio or links to stories being directly published

Creating an Instagram Story

In your HeyOrca calendar, use the Create Post button to create a new Instagram post.

Once in the post creation page, select Story from the drop down menu to set the post type.

You can also drag and drop media directly to your calendar to create a new post!

With your Story now created, you can upload your image or video and add your additional post details such as setting a scheduled publishing time.

Publishing Directly to Instagram

Publishing IG stories directly to Instagram requires a Business Account. Click here to learn more!

In the publishing details section, select 'Direct' to publish your IG story directly.

You can adjust the publishing details on a per post level, giving your the control over how you'd like to publish each post. Alternatively, you can also set the default publishing option for stories (and Instagram posts and Reels) directly from the calendar settings page!

Click here to learn more about customizing your publishing settings!

With your Story content now uploaded, you can finish the rest of your post!

Once you're done, you can schedule it out as normal!

Publishing via Notifications

Our notification based publishing makes it easy to post stories that have multiple media, or stories that you'd like to use additional elements such as stickers or links!

To publish your content using the HeyOrca mobile app or emails, you want to ensure that your post publishing details are set to Notification. Stories with more than one media will automatically be updated to be published via notifications.

Publishing with the Mobile App

At your scheduled publishing time, your mobile app will receive a notification to download and publish your content.

Click on the notification to open up your content in the mobile app!

Once clicked, you'll be brought to your mobile app where you can view your content.

Click on the Download to Publish button to copy your caption to your clipboard, and download your video to your device!

You'll then be prompted with a message letting you know this has completed, and to open the IG app! Press Open Instagram to proceed.

Once clicked, the new post page on Instagram will be opened where you can then upload your downloaded media and paste your caption. Here you also add in any additional elements such as links or stickers that is unavailable via direct publishing.

Once you're happy go ahead and publish your post!

Publishing with Email Notifications

Publishing via the email notifications is similar to publishing through the mobile app. You'll need to ensure that notifications are selected in the post preview, or in the calendar settings page under your Publishing Details.


At your scheduled publishing time, an email notification will be sent to your inbox that contains your post.

Head over to your email inbox, and open up the email!

Here, you'll be able to view the post designated for publishing along with the caption.

Click the Download Post to download your media to your device. You can then copy your caption to your clipboard.

Go to Instagram.com and select New Story. Once selected, you can easily upload the media from your device and paste your caption. Here you also add in any additional elements such as links or stickers that is unavailable via direct publishing.

Once you're happy, go ahead and publish your post!

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