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How to Add Captions to Instagram Stories

Michael Gallagher
Michael Gallagher
Posted in Zoom Mar 10 · 12 Mar, 2022
How to Add Captions to Instagram Stories

Instagram is one of the most popular apps today, and it’s constantly enhancing its options. One highlight is adding captions to your Story videos. Read on for step-by-step directions on how to use this feature.

​Adding Captions to Your Phone’s Instagram Story Videos

As one of the most popular social media platforms, Instagram has boosted its services with the option to include captions on your Instagram Story videos. Not only does this allow viewers to watch videos when audio isn’t an option, but it gives followers with any sort of hearing impairments the chance to be a part of your world.

Most Instagram users are active via phone, so this will focus on how to add captions to Instagram Stories on Android and iPhone. There are two ways to do it, depending on your preference: auto-generated or self-written.

​Automatic Instagram Captions on iPhone and Android

Instead of typing out your own, you can automatically add captions. This is a much less painstaking route to go, but please remember that you need to speak as clearly as possible since you aren’t, at least at this time, able to change the generated text. Also, remember that auto-generation is currently only limited to English and English-speaking countries, but this is likely to change in the near future.

The steps for adding automatic captions are the same for both Android and iOS. Understanding how to get captions on Instagram Stories is pretty straightforward:

  • Get on Instagram and click the Your Story button.

  • Make or upload your video.

  • Tap the sticker icon and then select Captions.

  • Pick the font, size, color, and location of your captions.

  • Hit Done when you’re finished, and then Your Story or Your Stories.

You’re done! The process won’t take you long, and you’ll have a visual source of what you’re saying so more viewers can enjoy your content.

​Creating Your Own Instagram Captions on a Mobile Device

If you prefer to add your own captions, or if auto-generation isn’t available to you, you can always create them yourself:

  • On the app, click the Your Story button.

  • Add your video.

  • Tap the Aa feature at the top of the menu.

  • Type in your captions.

  • Adjust them as needed according to desired font size, color, alignment, and so on.

  • Select Done when finished, then post via Your Story or Your Stories.

One nice feature of writing your own captions is that you can control them, which makes reading less complicated for the viewer. But it’s a good idea when self-generating to include punctuation and adequate spacing versus using one large text block.

Knowing how to add spaces in Instagram caption writing is vital to convey clear and easy-to-understand text. Most modern and updated apps let you do this simply by hitting Enter or Return. Though, if you want to have a bit more fun, you can add exciting characters or emojis in place of blank line breaks.


Now that you know how to add captions to Instagram Stories, you can enjoy their benefits. Captions and video transcription both enable better audience engagement. With visible words, you’ll better expand your reach. And this goes for other platforms as well. Increase your followers by providing a more accessible way to view your posts!