Starter Guide to Media Library

What is the media library?

Later’s media library makes it easy for you to upload, store and manage all your visual content in a single place. By adding labels to your media, you can organize your campaigns or photoshoots and make your content easily searchable and accessible to you and your team.

This guide will outline:

  1. How to bulk upload your photos and videos
  2. Organizing media with labels
  3. Media Items vs. Posts
  4. Managing media items with notes
  5. Exploring Side Library
  6. Starred Media 
  7. Media Library on the Web
  8. Search and Labels
  9. Deleting Media Items
  10. Media library on mobile
    1. On IOS
    2. On Android


Upload Your Photos and Videos into Media Library:

Upload and store unlimited photos and videos in your media library and save time managing your marketing content. With bulk upload, you can upload multiple photos and videos at once and organize them in one place. Your media will be shared between the social profiles you connect to your Later account.

Start by dragging and dropping all your photos/videos from your desktop, Dropbox, or Google Drive directly into Later on the web.



Pro Tip: Upload as much as you want, photos and videos do not count towards your post count. Once you’ve scheduled a post will it count towards your monthly limit.

Videos available on paid plans only. If you’re looking to include videos, upgrade to a paid plan here.  

Organize Your Media Items

From your Media Library page:

  1. Select a collection of photos you’d like to organize together
  2. Click Add Labels at the top of the page.
  3. Click Add
  4. Choose a label (keyword) to group the media items together or select an existing label previously added by you or your teammate

Pro Tip: Use multiple labels to distinguish between your media items, that way you can begin to limit your media search to only those that include all the labels entered in your search

ie. localtacos (social profile), pinktheme (curation theme), taylorloren (photographer)

Media items are the original copy of the photos and videos you upload to Later. While posts are scheduled media items that are optimized for a specific social profile. When you create a post from a media item, the media notes are copied over into the caption field. The notes can then be edited directly from the post without updating the notes in the media item and vice versa. Also, you can add a crop to schedule an optimized version of the original photo.

This helps you optimize your media for other social profiles, by allowing you to schedule one media item multiple times without having to re-upload the original photo or video.

Only posts are counted towards your post count, media item do not so upload unlimited media into Later.


Here’s a chart that outlines the differences:

Manage Your Media Items with Media Notes

Media notes can be used to help you better prepare your content messaging, communicate content guidelines to your teammates or to simply give yourself a reminder to credit a certain photographer. Since the notes added are attached to the media item, they will copy over into the caption field when creating a post making your notes available when you most need them.

Note: Media notes are not captions, they are messages attached to a specific media item and available to copy and edit at anytime. Captions on the other hand are the content message you add to a post which has again been optimized and scheduled for a specific social profile. Once the post is published, your captions can no longer be edited.

  1. From the Media Library page, select a media item
  2. Click Notes and enter your text
  3. Click Update to save


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When creating your posts, you’ll be able to preview your notes by selecting the media item from the side library and clicking Show Media Notes.

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Pro Tip: save yourself time by adding your captions and hashtags into your media notes. The media notes will be copied into the caption field so when it’s time to schedule your content you can just drag and drop the media item into the content calendar and click Save.

Managing your Media from the Side Library

The side library is where media library meets the content calendar. It helps organize the media stored in your media library so you can easily search, find and repurpose media items and schedule them for multiple social profiles


Go to Later on the web and click Calendar to view your content calendar, the side library will be located on the left hand side.

The side library is organized by:

  1. Unused media: media items that you’ve uploaded to Later but have not used to schedule post
  2. Used media: these are media items previously used to schedule a posts for your social profile
  3. Labels Search: The labels search allows you to filter all your media items by labels so you can quickly find what you’re looking for and begin scheduling 

Since media items can be used to schedule posts over and over again, all the media found in the side library whether used or unused is up for grabs.You’ll be able to crop, add a caption and hashtags, and even schedule the same photo multiple times for different social profiles. Create a new post by dragging and dropping a media item from the side library into the content calendar, enter your caption, and click save to schedule.


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Pro Tip: When creating a post, if the media item copies over the notes into the caption field, feel free to edit them directly on the post. The original note attached to the media item will not be updated. You can also change the media notes on a media item even after being used to create a post. When you update the notes on the media item the captions will not be affected on the post already scheduled.  

Starred Media: 

Starred Media is a quick way to bookmark photos and videos from your Media Library so when you’re scheduling a post you can easily find the starred item(s) from the Side Library.

To Star Media, go to your Media Library.

Star media by:

  1. Hovering over each media item and clicking the star in the top left corner of the image

2. Drag your cursor to select multiple media items, and hit the star button in the top right of your Media Library

Accessing your Starred Media from the Side Library:

Now that you’ve starred media from your Media Library, you can now quickly access those photos and videos from your Side Library to schedule! Select Starred Media from the drop down menu in your Side Library:

From here you can see any media that you’ve starred in your Media Library, making it easy to schedule onto the Calendar.

Note: Starred media information is stored on your browser, each user/browser can have their own starred media!

Media Library on the Web:

Go to Later on the web and click Media Library.

Your media items will appear in chronological order starting with the most recent uploads displaying at the top of the page.


Pro Tip: If you’re on one of our paid plans, you can now create multiple groups to manage groups of social profiles. Groups help you manage access to your photos, videos and social profiles within Later. With groups you can have multiple media libraries so you never have to share your photos and videos with all your Instagram accounts and team members.

From the media library you can manage the content all from one place:

  • search media by labels to find specific campaigns or photoshoots
  • add media notes and labels (discussed in previous section)

To Search:

  1. At the top of the media library page type in the labels in the search bar

2. Watch your media begin to filter. Search results will only show media that contains all the labels searched

You can also manage your media by deleting multiple media items at once. If you have media you no longer need, simply select the check mark on the media items and click Delete. This will help you keep your media library organized and up-to-date.


Media Library on Mobile:

Your media is synced across your Later account on the web and on the mobile app. This means everything you upload into the Later mobile app will be uploaded in the media library on the web, and vice versa. You can access all your stored photos and videos and begin managing your visual marketing content from anywhere at anytime.

Much like the side library on the web, your media library on mobile is organized with your Unused and Used media items.

Scroll through your library, find the media item you wish to schedule, select and Create a Post to schedule.  


On IOS:

  1. The media library is found on the bottom left side of the app
  2. Toggle between Unused and Used to find your media
  3. Add a new media item by tapping + symbol
  4. To schedule, select a media item and click Create Post

Pro Tip: With all your media synced, any media notes added from Later on the web will appear in the caption field when a post is created from your mobile phone.



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On Android:

  1. The media library is found on the top left side of the app
  2. Toggle between Unused and Used to find your media
  3. Add a new media item by tapping + symbol
  4. To schedule, select a media item and click Create Post


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Publish to Instagram

Last, but not least! Remember that Later does not auto-post your scheduled posts as we abide by Instagram’s Terms of Use. Instead, we send you a mobile notification when it’s time to post, so make sure to enable your mobile device notifications. Learn how.

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