There are two meanings to the term “edit Instagram post”. One, editing the post once it’s uploaded, or two, editing your Instagram photo before posting it.
In this article, we’ll tackle how to edit the Instagram post once it’s been uploaded and reasons why you should never, ever, do that.
How To Edit Post
First, we’ll talk about how to edit an Instagram post once you’ve posted. Sometimes you’ll notice a typo in your post, or maybe you forgot to tag a brand you’re working with. Awkward!
Not to worry, it’s super easy to edit an Instagram post after it’s gone live.
Find the post that you need to edit and click the three dots in the top right corner. From the list of options, click “Edit”.
You now have the chance to change or edit the whole of the caption, add or remove tags, change the location, and add alt text.
When you’re done editing the Instagram post, click Done.
However, we must warn you that editing your Instagram post isn’t always worth it.
Why You Shouldn’t Edit An Instagram Post
When you post on Instagram, the algorithm ranks your content by how much engagement it gets in a period of time. If you post a photo and it gets 1,000 likes in the first hour, Instagram will boost your photo out to a lot more people.
It will show up first in people’s feeds, make it to the explore page, and maybe even appear first in hashtags and location searches.
But every time you edit Instagram posts, the algorithm actually resets your engagement ranking! You would need to start all over again. All those people that Instagram was planning on showing it to, now they won’t.
Despite how amazing the post is, this can totally destroy your engagement rate on Instagram.
Make sure you have double-checked your caption, tags, location, and hashtags before you click upload to avoid this rookie error!
Many Instagrammers have tried and tested this theory. In fact, when we stopped doing it, our engagement increased dramatically!
A little typo isn’t worth losing all your hard-earned work.
If you have made a seriously huge mistake, delete the whole post and re-upload it the following day for the best results.
So while you have all the tips for editing an Instagram post, do it sparingly, or within the first couple of minutes of posting if you really have to. However, once it’s gaining popularity, do not touch that edit button.