This article is a tutorial to show you exactly how to use the “Schedule” feature inside of Canva. Now you can save even more time when making your social media graphics by never having to leave the Canva platform!
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I’m all about saving time when it comes to design, so when a little pop-up alerted me of a new feature inside of Canva, I was all over it. Turns out, this feature actually lets you post your designs directly to the social media platform of your choice.
Game changer! Between using a design template and then scheduling directly from Canva, the time-saving potentials are endless!
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What platforms can you schedule to from Canva?
Currently you can schedule to the following platforms:
- Facebook Page
- Facebook Group
- Linkedin Page
- Linkedin Profile
I was somewhat disappointed that Instagram wasn’t on the list, but hopefully someday *fingers crossed*.
Let’s get into how to do this step by step. If you don’t already have a Canva account, click here to get started.
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Step One: Complete Your Design
You can also read more about creating social media images here.
Step Two: Click on “Schedule” Located in the Drop Down Box
Located next to the “download” option is a small arrow. Clicking on the arrow will bring down the drop-down box. You’ll choose “Schedule” from this menu.
Step Three: Choose Your Date and Time
You’ll be able to schedule the date and time that you want your design published. Once your settings are complete, hit “done”.
Step Four: Schedule and Connect Accounts
If this is your first time scheduling a design from Canva, you’ll need to connect your accounts. To do this, click on “Schedule to…” and choose the platform you want to connect.
I recommend going through the first time and connecting all the accounts that you want to be able to schedule to. Each platform will have a pop-up that walks you through the connection process.
Once your connected you’ll be able to choose where you want your design to go. For example, with Pinterest, you’ll be able to choose which board you want the design to go to.
Step Five: Fill in Your Content
Once you choose which platform you’ll schedule to, you’ll select the page and write your social media description.
For me, I’m very happy that I can choose the page that I want to schedule. I often keep my design templates in one Canva file so that I can quickly find the design I want to edit, and then I download just that one page.
To be able to schedule just one page is amazing! That being said, you can also choose to publish all the pages in the design or multiple pages (just check the ones that you want to publish).
Next, you’ll fill in the social media description. Be sure to write a compelling short paragraph that uses keywords and inspires the potential reader to click, just as you would if you were posting any social media image. I recommend including a call to action such as “click the image to read more”.
You’ll see a “destination link” section, this is where you can add the link to your image, which is great for Pinterest! If using the scheduler to post an image to Facebook you can also add the link to the description and it will be clickable.
Finally, click “Publish Now” and you’re done! How cool is that?
Inside the Content Planner
Once you shedule your post, a pop-up will appear that will ask you if you want to go to your content planner. This is where you can see all of your schedule posts, edit your scheduled posts, and plan ahead.
You can also get to your content planner by clicking on “Content Planner” in the main menu.
If you click on the picture of your scheduled post, you’ll be able to edit it. A menu will appear that will give you several options such as changing the time, editing the design, making a copy, and deleting the post.
You’ll also be able to plan ahead by hovering over the future day and clicking on the “+” sign that shows up in the corner.
I’m all about saving time when it comes to social media design!
This is why I love templates! I love finding shortcuts and hacks to save time. As a busy mom and full-time blogger I can use ANY shortcut I can get.
Being able to schedule your posts directly from Canva once you’re done designing is such an awesome tool to save time when it comes to designing and scheduling your posts!
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