When you’re an avid user of Instagram, and you’re posting frequently, there’s bound to be a point in which an Instagram post needs some editing. Perhaps you want to add some new hashtags, change the caption, tag some new people or remove users from tags. Regardless of what you need, Instagram provides some light editing to your Instagram posts.

However, as you start to edit your Instagram post, you’ll soon realize what little you can do with it aside from editing some text here and there. Any kind of heavy duty editing to your photos isn’t available, not even for Instagram stories.

Editing an Instagram Post

1. Locate and open the Instagram app.

2. Sign into Instagram using your Instagram account and password if you aren’t already logged into Instagram.

3. Start by visiting your Instagram profile page. Tap the Profile tab located in the bottom right corner of your screen.

4. Once you’re redirected to your profile page, tap the grid icon under your profile information. This will open the tab that contains all your posts.

Select a post you would like to edit

5. Select a post you would like to edit. This will redirect you to the actual post. In the top right corner of the post, you’ll see three vertical dots. Go ahead and tap the dots. In doing so, a menu will appear in the center of your screen.

choose Edit

6. In the menu, choose Edit. You’ll find it in the middle of the menu.

Change Location or Add Location

7. Now, from here you can make changes to your caption by selecting the text field at the bottom.

8. You can change the location or add the location by selecting “Change Location” or “Add Location.”

Tag People

9. You can tag people by tapping “Tag People,” as well as remove tags in the same menu. Afterwards, tap the screen to tag and add people by searching their names.

Edit Alternate Text

10. You can also use “Edit Alternate Text” and provide details for people with visual impairments.

11. When you’re finished making changes, tap the checkmark at the top right corner of your screen. If you’re using an iOS device, you’ll be selecting “Done” instead, which is also located in the top right corner of your screen.

12. Should you feel that changes need to be made to the actual picture, you’ll have to tap the three vertical dots again, or horizontal dots, and choose Delete.

The Limitations of Editing Your Instagram Post

Unfortunately, there’s very little you can do with the Instagram post itself. Instagram only gives you the ability to edit the caption to your post, the location, and the people you’ve tagged in the post. If there’s any kind of creative changes you want to make to your Instagram post, you’ll have to delete it entirely, make changes outside of Instagram and then repost it with the new changes.

And let’s not get started on Instagram stories. You can’t edit them at all. In fact, if you want to make any edits, you’ll have to delete the Instagram story, make changes after, and then repost. There’s even more restrictions applied, unfortunately.

Bottom Line

Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t give a lot in the way of editing your own Instagram posts. You have the bare minimum to work with, and what you do have doesn’t leave a lot of room for significant improvement. The most you can do with what they give you is the opportunity to fix any hashtags, spelling errors and tagged individuals.

If there’s a glaring issue with your post that requires editing the photo itself, then a fresh post is going to be required. That can be tedious, indeed, what with all the hashtags you can add to posts. So, with that being said, don’t forget to highlight and save your work. It’ll save you a lot of time down the road should you ever have to remove an Instagram post for editing purposes.