How to use AutoSchedule

Are you looking to inject some spontaneity into your publishing schedule, or ease your workload by letting the system take over? Hootsuite’s AutoSchedule may well be the feature for you.

Instead of choosing specific times for messages to be sent to your selected social profiles, remove some of your daily stress by allowing Hootsuite to schedule the content on your behalf. Scheduling in this way lets you:

  • Save time (we all know how important that is).

  • Get valuable insight into what the most successful posting times are for your social accounts.

  • Reach high engagement on posts by sharing at top performing times, helping you gain more engagement on your posts.

Sound good so far? Read on for more information on how AutoSchedule works, along with steps to take to set up the feature on your dashboard.

How AutoSchedule Works

AutoSchedule chooses the right time to schedule your posts based on optimal engagement periods, content you’ve already scheduled, and your own custom AutoSchedule settings.

Customising your AutoSchedule Settings

Through the dashboard, choose the days and time frames between which your messages will be scheduled, along with the number of  messages you’d like to schedule per day. All you have to do is go to  Settings > AutoSchedule and you can select to post up to 10 messages a day, up to 7 days a week, and in a time frame of up to 24 hours.

Enabling AutoSchedule

Now that you’ve customized the settings for when your messages will be scheduled, you can go ahead and enable AutoSchedule through the Compose Box. This enables AutoSchedule for all of your connected social networks! If you prefer not to use AutoSchedule when posting to certain social networks, all you have to do is use the toggle option to turn it off.  

If you use Hootlet to post to your social networks while outside of the Hootsuite dashboard, remember  that enabling AutoSchedule in the Compose box also enables it in Hootlet.  

And that’s it! You’re all set up to let Hootsuite choose the best time to schedule your messages. Here are a few more things to remember when using AutoSchedule:

  • AutoSchedule will schedule the same message to post once within your allocated time frame. It can’t be used to duplicate your posts.

  • If you use AutoSchedule to queue posts to multiple social networks, you can schedule posts to send at different times.

You’re now set to go! You can now use this newfound knowledge to AutoSchedule your awesome content at top performing times. As always, if you run into any roadblocks at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to @Hootsuite_Help on Twitter for assistance!


  • How can I pause my posts? I cannot find a way to do so.
  • Hi @makapoor ,

    Thank you for reaching out to us through the Community Support Forum. Sorina here, from the Support team, happy to help.

    To confirm, are you using the autoschedule feature to publish your messages or another publishing method? 
    I would advise that you edit your posts to re-schedule the date when they should be auto-scheduled. 

    Hope this helps! Let us know if we can answer any other questions!
    Sorina | @Hootsuite_Help | Hootsuite Help Center

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