How to edit an Instagram post to change the caption, tag people, add a location, or edit the ‘alt text’

You can edit any post on your Instagram profile to update the caption, tags, and more. YaniSinla/Shutterstock

One of the most frustrating parts of many social media apps is the fact that you can’t edit something once you’ve posted it.

But when it comes to Instagram, even those of us who always seem to fall victim to auto-correct errors are in luck. The platform allows users to edit posts quickly and easily.

For example, you can change things like the caption or the alt text that accompanies a photo or video posted to the platform.

Instagram uses object recognition technology to create automatic alt text, which is meant to aid those who are visually impaired. But those auto-descriptions aren’t always as helpful as they could be for those individuals, so editing your alt text could go a long way in making your profile more inclusive and accessible.

If you have an Instagram post that could use an edit or two, here’s what you’ll need to do, whether you’re using Instagram on an iPhone or Android:

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How to edit an Instagram post

Editing posts you’ve already added to your profile is a simple process.

1. Open Instagram and toggle over to your profile (located in the bottom toolbar).

2. Select the post you want to edit.

3. Tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the post and select “Edit.”

Select Edit to edit one of your Instagram posts. Devon Delfino/Business Insider

4. Edit the caption as you see fit – from this screen, you can also tag people (by tapping the icon at the bottom-left corner of the photo or video), edit the alt text (by tapping the bottom-right “Aa” icon), and add a location marker (by tapping “Add Location” at the top of the post).

When editing a post, you can change the caption, add location, tag people, or edit the alt text. Devon Delfino/Business Insider

5. Tap the checkmark in the top-right corner of the screen to save the changes you’ve made to the post.

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