Looking to connect Facebook and Instagram to share access to your Instagram profile or Facebook page?
Before you give out your login details - please don’t - there’s a much better way. Not only that, you can also easily cross-post between Facebook & Instagram and run ads on both platforms.
All it takes is a few settings. We don’t know why Facebook made it so complicated, but our guide makes it easy as pie. 🥧
Prefer a video? No problem, watch our step by step in the video below:
Why Link Your Instagram and Facebook Page?
There are a bunch of benefits to linking your business’s Instagram and Facebook pages. It makes managing your social media smoother and provides a slicker experience for your customers:
Helps You Build Consistency
If you manage both pages in the same place, you can ensure your messaging is consistent across the platforms. You can plan posts that sync with each other and ensure that your branding is consistent.
Connected pages help you build trust amongst your audience and potential customers. If they see you posting similar content on both platforms, they will think of your brand, whichever social platform they are scrolling! You have double the opportunity to get in front of potential customers.
You Reach a Wider Audience
Not everybody uses both platforms, and the algorithms don’t show your posts to every one of your followers each time you post something. On average, only 35% of your followers will see your posts.
If you share your posts on both Instagram and Facebook, you have more opportunities to increase your social media presence and gain visibility. Someone may miss a post on Instagram but see it when they check their Facebook page.
Collect Analytics in One Place and Run More Effective Ads
When all the data from both your Facebook and Instagram accounts is in one place (in this case Meta Business Manager), it makes it easier for you to spot trends amongst your customers.
You have more data to base your ad spending decisions on. This means you can run ads that are more likely to elicit desired audience respones. Woop! You also have better visibility over your budget.
You can create audiences for your Facebook Ads using data from your Instagram followers and their engagement with your Instagram profile.
Lastly, running ads on Instagram itself is extremely limited. Only Facebook Ad Manager gives you all the options for audience targeting, conversion and more. Put simply, if you’re not running your ads through Facebook Ad Manager, you’re missing out on a lot of optimization opportunities - costing you loads of money.
It’s Easier to Schedule Posts
When you link your Instagram and Facebook pages, you can plan and manage your posts from one place. You’ll save time as you don’t have to add content to post on two separate apps. The Meta Business Suite lets you run everything from one place.
Seamless Interactions With Customers
The other advantage of connecting your Instagram page with Facebook is you can manage all the DMs from both platforms in one place.
The Facebook inbox allows you to use filters and label messages to make it simple to see what needs to be prioritized. It makes it easier for you to set up automated responses.
How to Link an Instagram Account Directly From a Facebook Page
(Looking to connect your FB page from your Instagram App? Just click here to scroll down).
Once you learn how to link Instagram to Facebook, you'll see that connecting your accounts is quick and straightforward. Not doing so can cause some confusion and frustration. There are two ways to connect Instagram to your Facebook page from Facebook.
You can do it directly through your page from Facebook Business Suite or Facebook Business Manager.
1) Link Instagram directly from your Facebook page
1. Open Facebook and login to your account
2. Open your page, and on the left menu, where it says ‘Manage Page’, click ‘settings’
3. Click ‘Linked Accounts’
4. A new window appears, click ‘Connect account’
5. Click on the blue box that says ‘Connect’
6. This will take you to a new window where you need to login to Instagram
7. Once your login credentials are accepted, you will be redirected back to Facebook, select ‘Allow access to Instagram messages in inbox’, click ‘Confirm’
8. Voila! Your Instagram and Facebook business pages are connected directly from your Facebook page.
2) How to Link Instagram and Facebook Via Meta Business Suite or Business Manager
The other option to connect the accounts is through Facebook Business Suite or Facebook Business Manager.
Whether it’s Business Suite or Business Manager depends which one is active for your Facebook account.
You can check this easily by going to business.facebook.com. Which one loads?
Do you see Facebook Business Manager like on the left? Continue by clicking here.
Do you see Facebook Business Suite like on the right? Continue below.
2.1. Link Instagram and Facebook through Meta Business Suite
To connect Instagram to Facebook via Meta Business Suite:
1. Start by logging into your Meta Business Suite
2. Make sure the Business that is connected to your page is selected on the left menu
3. Click on ‘Settings’ in the bottom left-hand corner
4. Then select ‘Business Assets’
5. You will be given the option to ‘Add Assets’
6. Choose ‘Instagram Account’
7. You will be taken to the Instagram login page
8. Login to your Instagram account
9. You will be redirected back to Facebook, where your Instagram account has now been added. 🙌
2.2. Link Instagram and Facebook Through Facebook Business Manager
If you use Facebook Business Manager, the process to connect your Instagram is as follows:
1. Head to Business Settings in FB Business Manager
2. Go to Instagram Accounts on the left column (under Accounts), enter your business handle
3. Click ‘Add’ and login to your Instagram account
4. Once you've logged in, you're done. However, one bonus tip. If you want to run ads on Instagram, you should also connect your Ad account to this Instagram account.
5. On the same screen, click on ‘Connected Assets’
6. On the screen, click on ‘Add Assets’
6. Select your Ad Account(s) you want to connect to Instagram and click ‘Add’.
That’s done! Your Instagram and Facebook page are now linked via your Business Manager. 🥳
3. How Do I Link Facebook To Instagram From My Instagram Account?
This is the easiest way to link your Facebook and Instagram accounts. If you prefer to link your Instagram and Facebook accounts directly from Instagram, you need to make sure you use a Business Instagram Profile.
You can double-check this by:
1. Tapping the 3 black lines in the top right-hand corner of your app
2. Click on ‘Settings’
3. Click on ‘Account’
4. At the bottom in blue, you will have the option to ‘switch account type’
5. If you currently use a personal Instagram account for your business, you can switch to a Business Account.
You can always revert back to a personal account. The downside of having a business account is that it’s always public, so this does not work for private accounts.
Now, we want to link your Instagram Business Account to your Facebook page:
1. Open Instagram and login to your account
2. Click on ‘Edit profile’
3. Where it says ‘Public business information’ click on ‘Page’
4. It will open a window that offers to ‘change or create page’
5. If you don’t have an existing Facebook page, you can create one; if you do, you can link it by logging into your Facebook account.
6. Once you enter your Facebook credentials, you will choose which page (if you manage more than one page) you want to link to that Instagram account
7. You will then be taken back to Instagram, where your page should now be linked. Woo hoo!
You can double-check the page shows under ‘Public Business Information’.
How to share Instagram posts on Facebook
If you want to make sure all your Instagram posts will also be shared on your Facebook page go to:
Settings - Account - Sharing to other apps
Select Facebook and turn on the toggle to share all Instagram posts automatically to Facebook.
How do I Give Someone Access to Manage My Facebook & Instagram?
Giving someone access to your Facebook page is complicated if you do it manually, and there are several different ways to do it.
You can learn more about that in this post.
The easiest way to give someone access is with Leadsie! Ask your agency or freelancer to create a request link via Leadsie.
You click the link, log in to your Facebook account, and confirm the assets you want to give them access to.
Boom, they can start managing your Facebook, Instagram accounts immediately. 🙌
Bonus Tip: Use Meta Business Suite to Plan Posts on Instagram AND Facebook
Another great benefit of connecting your Facebook page with your Instagram Account is using Meta Business Suite to plan and schedule all posts across the platforms.
Access the Meta Business Suite here.
Some benefits of using Meta Business Suite:
- You can manage both Facebook and Instagram inboxes in one place
- You can also manage comments on your posts
- You get insights about your posts’ performance on both Facebook and Instagram
- You can plan and schedule posts and stories and view them in a calendar
- You can create different variations of posts so you can A/B test them
- You get in-depth analytics of how each post performed
- All posts are saved so you have a content library and can edit and reschedule old posts
- You receive a summary of your estimated earnings
That’s it! You’ll now see a list of all your Instagram posts and the likes and comments.
Once your Facebook and Instagram pages are linked, you can put your content in the Meta Business Suite Planner then select where your content will be shared for your posts to get cross-posted to both Facebook and Instagram.
Pro Tip: If your Instagram page is lacking a blue tick, check out this informative blog showing you how to get verified.
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Now you know how to link Instagram and Facebook pages, it should make it much easier to manage and track the performance of organic posts and ads on both platforms.
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