How to Edit Instagram Captions

Tap the three-dot menu on the post and select Edit

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What to Know

  • Select the post in either your feed or Profile in the mobile app or on the Instagram site.
  • In the app, tap three dots on top right of post > Edit > use Write a Caption field > tap checkmark or Done.
  • On the website, select the three dots on top right of post > Edit > use Write a Caption field > select Done.

This article explains how to edit a caption on an existing Instagram post, both in the mobile app and on the website. You can add a caption, edit an existing one, or remove a caption completely in just a few steps.

Edit a Caption in the Instagram Mobile App

If you normally use Instagram on your mobile device, adding, editing, or deleting a post caption is easy to do. Open the Instagram app on Android or iPhone and follow the steps below which are the same on both platforms.

  1. Select the post from either your Instagram feed or in the Profile section. To visit your Profile, select your icon or image on the bottom right.

  2. Tap the three dots on the top right of the post.

  3. Pick Edit.

  4. Make your changes in the Write a Caption field that appears below the photo or to the right of a video (Reel).

    • To add a caption, simply enter it. 
    • To edit a caption, just make your changes. 
    • To delete a caption, remove all of the caption text.
    Three dot menu, Edit, and Write a caption field highlighted in the Instagram app
  5. When you finish, tap the checkmark (Android) or Done (iPhone) on the top right.

    You can then check your post for the updated caption.

    Caption text, Done, and caption under a post in the Instagram app


If you have multiple photos in your post, the caption applies to the entire post, not the individual pictures.

Edit a Caption on the Instagram Website

Maybe you prefer to use Instagram on a bigger screen, like your computer. You can add, make changes, or remove a caption from your post on the Instagram website. Visit the site in your web browser, sign in, and follow these steps.

  1. Select the post in your feed or in the Profile section. To visit your Profile, click your image or icon on the top right and pick Profile in the drop-down menu.

  2. Click the three dots on the top right of the post in a large pop-up window and choose Edit.

    Three dot menu and Edit highlighted on Instagram's website
  3. When your post opens in the subsequent pop-up window, you’ll see the Write a Caption field on the right. Do one of the following:

    • To add a caption, type it in the field. 
    • To edit a caption, make your changes. 
    • To delete the caption, remove all of the text.
    Caption text entered for an Instagram post
  4. When you finish, select Done on the top right. Then, click the X in the top right of the post window to close it.

    You can then review your post to be sure your updated caption looks good.

    Caption updated for an Instagram post

Captions give you a great way to describe the image or video you’re sharing, explain why you’re sharing it, or just to add a bit of humor to your Instagram post. Take a look at these other things you should be doing on Instagram.

  • How long can Instagram captions be?

    The maximum length for Instagram captions is 2,200 characters. If a caption exceeds 125 characters, users must tap it to see the entire text.

  • How do I add spaces in Instagram captions?

    You can add line breaks in Instagram captions by tapping Enter on your keyboard. If this doesn't work, update the Instagram app.

  • How do I get closed captions on Instagram?

    To add closed captions to Instagram posts, tap the three dots at the top of your video and choose Manage Captions. Turn on the switch next to Captions.

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