The Complete Guide to Smarter Social Sharing on Mobile: Buffer for Android and iPhone

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Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 8.17.25 PMAs the Buffer team grows we’ve been able to make some awesome adjustments to our mobile apps, including some great new features. In case you missed some of the recent additions, I’ve collected a run-down for you of how they work in our Android and iPhone apps.

We’ve also included a few features that are easy to miss and might be a good bonus, which should make your Buffering much easier. Look for them towards the bottom of the post!

Getting started with Buffer on mobile

If you don’t have our app installed on your phone already, you can download the iPhone version from iTunes or the Android version from Google play.

Add your accounts

When you open up the app, you’ll be able to sign up with one of your social network accounts: either Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Just tap the network you want to sign up with and login to give Buffer access to your account.

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Once you have accounts connected, you can add more with the link at the bottom of your accounts list.

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Using Buffer to manage your updates on the go

Sending your first update

Get started by adding your first update from the mobile app. On Android, tap the pencil icon and you’ll see a new post screen where you can type your update, attach photos, choose a time to post and select the accounts you’d like to send it to.

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When you’re done, tap the green Buffer button to add the update to your queue, or tap “Share Now” to send it right away.

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Managing your updates

Keep an eye on how well your posts are doing by tapping the analytics tab. Under each post you’ll see the interactions for each post you’ve sent.

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Tap on the Buffer tab to see your queued posts. You can tap a post to edit it, or tap and hold with your finger to drag and drop.

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What’s new: Twitter auto-complete and custom scheduling

Our new features have made both of our mobile apps faster to use and more robust replacements for Buffer when you’re away from your desk. You can now add updates to your Buffer account more quickly and with more control.

Twitter autocomplete

We recently introduced a Twitter autocomplete feature that’s not only fast, it’s smart too. When you’re typing an update in one of our mobile apps, just type an @ symbol and start typing letters after it. Autocomplete will jump in and suggest some usernames for you to choose from:

Custom Scheduling

Another really exciting new feature we introduced recently is the ability to choose a specific date and time for your update, rather than adding it to a slot in your Buffer queue.

In the iPhone or Android app, tap the clock icon to set a time and date for your update to be sent.

When you’re done, you’ll see that your custom-scheduled posts are shown with a grey background behind the chosen time, so you can easily differentiate between these and your normal Buffer posts.

New networks

With our recent additions of Google+ and LinkedIn company pages, you can now have up to 7 types of accounts connected.

With a free Buffer account, you can connect one profile or page per network. This means you can share content to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and App.net all at the same time.

If you sign up for an Awesome account, you can pick and choose any 12 profiles from all of the types we have on offer:

  • Twitter profile
  • Facebook profile
  • Facebook Page
  • Google+ Page
  • LinkedIn profile
  • LinkedIn Page
  • App.net profile

To connect a new account in the iPhone app, slide open the menu on the left and swipe to the bottom of your accounts list. Tap on “Connect an Account” and choose the social network you want to add:

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From here you’ll be taken to the relevant network to login and give Buffer access to your account. Then you can choose which profile or page you want to add.

7 bonus features you might have missed

Our mobile apps have some really cool existing features as well, that are easy to overlook. I wanted to highlight a couple of these in case you hadn’t seen them before.

1.) iPhone: Shake-to-shuffle

One of my favorite iPhone app features is that you can shuffle your Buffer queue by shaking the phone. Just open up the app to show your queued updates and shake the phone in your hand.

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You’ll see a confirmation message, and once you tap “Yes” your updates will be shuffled randomly. This is super handy if you share a few quotes from the same article or a few links from the same site in a row, and you want to mix them up.

2. Analytics

In the iPhone app we have a tab for your analytics, where you can see the interactions each of your posts has received. Just open up the app and tap on analytics at the bottom of the screen:

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3. Android: Share from any app

On Android, our app takes advantage of the built-in share menu that shows up in most apps, to let you add updates to Buffer from anywhere on your device. Once you have Buffer installed, just tap the share menu inside another app like your browser or Pocket and tap on Buffer to send an update to your Buffer queue.

Here’s an example of how this looks when sharing from Google Chrome:

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4. Schedule Native Retweets

In the Twitter for Android app, the share menu lets you send a tweet straight to your Buffer queue—where we turn it into a native retweet.

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Other ways to share from mobile

5. Infinite Buffer’s Windows Phone app

Grab the Infinite Buffer Windows Phone app to keep your Buffer updated on the go.

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6. Buffer for BlackBerry

If you have a BlackBerry device, you can keep up with your Buffer account using our BlackBerry app.

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7. Schedule Buffer updates straight from Echofon

If you’d rather have Buffer right inside your Twitter app, our Echofon integration is for you. Grab Echofon for iPhone or Android and you can add tweets to your Buffer account without leaving the app.

You can even schedule your Retweets with Buffer, from right inside the Echofon app.

P.S. If you liked this post, you might also like The 10 Most Useful Buffer Features for a More Powerful Social Media Presence

  • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

    I love Buffer on my phone!

    But still waiting on the fix for the bug, where the autocorrect options aren’t being shown on my Droid. :(

    • Belle

      Hi Joey,

      Not sure why this is happening, could you send us an email at hello@bufferapp.com so we can look into it? Keen to get it working for you ASAP!

      • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

        I’ve already sent an email, a few weeks ago. I was told that it’s a bug that needs to be worked on.

        • Belle

          Ah, I see your email there. Sorry about the confusion, Joey. I’ll get in touch with our Android developer and see if he has an update on this and let you know.

  • http://www.crowdconnections.com/ Jill

    I’m loving Buffer but having trouble adding an new account to my iphone app. I can get to the screen where you select Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin etc but when I click Twitter is is showing the accounts that are already added. I’m probably missing something obvious.
    I only have 7 accounts listed so far, so not maxed out yet on my awesome account!
    Can you help?

    • Belle

      Hi Jill,

      Sorry for the confusion here! The Buffer iPhone app accesses the Twitter accounts that you have connected to your iPhone. So the accounts that you see showing up for you to choose from should be all the accounts you’ve added to your iPhone’s settings.

      If you want to add another account, jump into your iPhone’s Settings app and scroll down to Twitter. Tap on that and you should see a list of your connected accounts and an option to add a new account. The Buffer app will pick up that new account once you’ve added it through your iPhone’s settings.

      Does that help? If you have any issues with this, feel free to email us at hello@bufferapp.com or tweet at us at @buffer and we’ll help you out!

      • http://www.crowdconnections.com/ Jill

        Brilliant – that explains it perfectly. I’ll get that sorted. You’re a star Belle thanks.

        • Belle

          Glad to hear it! Do let us know if we can help anymore with this.

  • PascalDEROCHE

    I’m using your awesome app every single day but I’m carving for a native version of it (BlackBerry 10) or an awesome update ;)

    • Belle

      We’d love to put some more resources into the BlackBerry app soon. As a small team we have a lot to do yet that we haven’t gotten to, but every bit of feedback helps us to prioritize, so thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Ariel

    I would love to see sharing from any app for iPhone!

  • sandytangy

    You have no idea how much I LOVE the Twitter username auto complete! I used to exit buffer, open Twitter, search for the username and reopen buffer just to get those @ Twitter handles! I’m very, very happy about this new feature.

    And I’m patiently waiting for Google+ profiles integration. Wish you guys best of luck in getting the API and sorts (:

    • Belle

      Me too! So glad you’re enjoying the autocomplete feature :)

      We’ll definitely keep you updated on our progress with Google+ profiles in the future.

  • skarka

    You guys are doing well, thanks for the app. One question. When I post to Facebook (thru Buffer of course), sometimes the FB post is only text and link, no graphic. Is it me? You? Anyone?

    • Belle

      Hi Skarka,

      Could you send us an email to hello@bufferapp.com? We’ll take a look at your posts and see if we can get this sorted out for you, ASAP!

  • http://www.markoneill.org Mark O’Neill

    What about a PDF version of this guide so we can download it and read it in an eBook reader?

    • Belle

      Great idea, Mark! We’ll definitely look into that.

  • GESKYVEL

    I love this app!

  • Mike

    I had some difficulty changing the standardized time schedule from the app. Custom scheduling works fine, but I wanted to change the recurring schedule.

    • Belle

      Sorry about this, Mike. If you can send us an email to hello@bufferapp.com, we should be able to see what’s going wrong with your account and help you change your schedule.

  • http://www.marketinginbocconi.com/ Dario Pagnoni

    Buffer for Android is a fantastic app, I really appreciate the possibility to share from any app to Buffer. Well done!

  • Decision.io

    This is an awesome feature! I get so much of my social sharing scheduled/done on my commute in to the office (public transport, not driving).

    Keep up the great work!

  • Anonymous

    As an alternative to Infinite Buffer check out Stack for Windows Phone: http://stackapp.cc !

  • http://buildmobilesite.org/a-social-media-app-guide-to-communicating-value Craig

    This saves so much time, I’m glad I found this website. Well Belle, you have really created something wonderful here :). One question I wanted to ask is, I have another app on my smartphone and I wanted to know if I could integrate this with Buffer? It’s called iQ Life.