How To Add Captions To Instagram Stories

Your Quick Answer:

You can easily add captions to Instagram stories that are videos. To add captions to Instagram stories, just open the Instagram app on your iPhone and click on “Your Story” at the top right part of the screen.

Then record a video using the shutter button at the bottom or swipe up and upload a video of your own. Whichever you choose, you will be in the editing tab afterward. 

Tap on the sticker icon at the top and tap on the “CAPTIONS” option. Change the text format to one of your choices by using the four options that will appear at the top of the screen. Finally, click on “Done” and upload the video. 

To add captions using a third-party app, download MixCaptions from App Store and upload the video to the app. After subtitles are added to it, you can edit the way everything looks. In the end, select “Done” and save the video.

How to Add Captions to Instagram Stories:

Try the following steps below:

Step 1: Open Instagram & Tap on ‘Your story’

The first step you have to follow is to unlock the phone and go to the home screen. Once you are there, search for the Instagram app among the others shown. Click on the app icon once you find it.

When the app eventually opens in front of you, you will be asked to log in to your Instagram account. Type in your username and password, here, for the account you want to use to post a story update.

You will be on your home page now. At the top area of the screen, you will be able to see all the stories of people you follow. The first option over there, however, will be an icon of your profile picture with text below it saying ‘Your story”.

Step 2: Record Video or Upload From Gallery 

Once you tap on “Your Story”, you will be in the camera area of Instagram, where you will be asked for camera and voice recording access. After this, you will be able to shoot a video by tapping and holding on to the shutter option at the bottom of the screen.

You can also upload a video from your gallery by swiping upwards to make the gallery appear. Either record a video here or upload it from your phone gallery. If you have chosen to record the video, you must release the shutter to finish it and reach the editing tab. 

Step 3: Tap on Sticker Once Record Complete

After finishing the recording of a video, when you will reach the editing tab where the video will play, you will see a set of options at the top right corner of your screen. From these five icons, you have to click on the one in the middle; this is the sticker icon.

After clicking on the same, a tab will appear on the bottom half of the screen. There will be many sticker options available in this tab, for example- “MENTION” and “QUESTIONS”. A search bar will also be at the top to tailor the results. 

Step 4: Tap on ‘CAPTIONS’ from List 

Among the list of variations of sticker options that will appear, full of different options, click on the one that says “CAPTIONS” and the screen of options will go away; back to the video editing tab, and you will be taken.

Note: If you cannot find the “CAPTIONS” option here, do not worry. As this is a new addition to the app, there may be an app update that you missed the notification of. You have to just go to your App Store and update the app or you can uninstall and reinstall it. Both ways work to show the same results. 

Step 5: Now Write Texts and Style and Tap Done 

After selecting the “CAPTIONS” option, a text will appear on the screen with three-four options at the top to change how the text will look in the video. You can change the alignment of the text, to the middle, left, or right. You can also change the size as well as the font of the text, not to mention the color of the text to any one of your choice.

After you’re done with modifying the text to look just how you wanted, click on the “Done” option at the top right end of the screen. After this, you can use the options at the bottom of the screen to upload the video to your stories, as well as just for close friends to see.

2. Using Third-Party Tool: MixCaptions

You can use third-party apps such as Mixcaptions to add captions to videos that you have recorded and stored in your gallery.

⭐️ Features:

◘ You can change the format of the captions after they appear, that is change the size of the text, color, etc.

◘ Aspect ratios used are common ratios used on Instagram so you don’t have to convert it. 

◘ It does not only transcribe English videos but a wide range of other languages like Finnish, Korean, Japanese, etc.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Download the MixCaptions app from your App Store and open it. Alternatively, you can use this link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id952426779.

Step 2: Provide the app permissions to access your gallery and upload the video you want to add a caption to.

Step 3: You will be in the “CREATE” tab, and the video with subtitles will appear here.

Step 4: There will be three options available at the bottom, each leading to a wide range of options. Click on either the “Captions”, “Watermark” or “Adjust” option, and change the way the font looks. Add or remove the watermark as well as adjust to the perfect aspect ratio. 

Step 5: Once everything is done, click on the option that says “DONE”. 

Step 6: You can then save the video to your gallery and upload it to your story using the Instagram app’s “Your Story” section.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why Don’t I Have Captions On Instagram Stories?

You may not have the Instagram Captions option just yet because this is a relatively new addition to the app, and it’s available in very few countries so that it can be tested out well, and the algorithm is developed enough to add it to more countries. It’s also only available in English-speaking countries, so in case you can’t see this option, the same may be the reason why. 

2. How To Add Subtitles To Instagram Stories?

Subtitles can be added to Instagram stories with the help of the “CAPTIONS” option that appears in the Stickers section in the editing area. However, the option will only appear if the story you are about to upload is a video taken just then or one from your gallery.

3. How To Show Full Caption On Instagram Story?

To show a full caption on your Instagram story, select “Done” after adding “CAPTIONS” and do not forget to add it to either your story for all people to see or just your close friends. Make sure that the file to which you’re trying to add a caption is a video.

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