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How to Add Captions to Instagram Stories/Reels [Auto Captions Included]

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Last Updated: 2022. 03. 18
Summary
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to add captions/subtitles to Instagram videos. Here are three easy ways to add captions to a video for Instagram Stories and Reels, both automatically and manually.

Adding captions to your Instagram videos will increase your views and engagement. Instagram App itself offers two options for you to add captions to your Instagram videos, both automatically and manually. Besides, we also share an advanced way for those who want to have more control over their Instagram video captions and try to make them unique.

Each one comes with its own set of benefits, just choose the one you like to add captions to your Instagram stories and reels video. To learn about each of these methods, read the simple tutorials below.

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How to Automatically Add Captions to Your Instagram Stories/Reels

The new Instagram captions sticker feature allows adding automatic subtitles to Instagram Stories and Reels. Using the captions sticker is quite easy to add captions to stories or reels on Instagram.

Here are the simple steps to add auto captions to stories or reels on Instagram:

Step 1
Go to the Instagram Stories or Reels camera to capture a new video, or upload one from your device.
Step 2
Once you've uploaded or recorded your video, tap the Sicker icon and select the Captions to transcribe your audio into captions automatically.
Automatically Add Captions to Your Instagram Video

Automatically Add Captions to Your Instagram Video

Step 3
Then, you can edit your caption freely, select the style from the options at the bottom of the screen, change the text color, or add a background color behind the text using the buttons at the top of the screen. Also, if anything is transcribed incorrectly, you can double-tap the caption and edit individual words.

How to Add Captions to Instagram Stories/Reels Manually

Although the Instagram caption sticker is convenient for users to add captions to Instagram videos, it is only available in English and English-speaking countries.

So how about those who don't have access to the new captions sticker? Luckily, there are other ways to manually add captions to your Instagram video, which helps ensure that your captions are accurate.

How to Add Captions Manually in Instagram App Itself

The first way to add captions/subtitles to Instagram is to manually add text overlays in the Instagram app to summarize your content. You can manually add captions to your Instagram video in using Instagram App by doing the following:

Step 1
Get your video ready and go to the editing screen, there is an "Aa" button at the top right of the screen.
Step 2
Just click on this "Aa" button to manually add in your words.
Manually Add Captions to Your Instagram Video

Manually Add Captions to Your Instagram Video

Step 3
Click and drag the text where you want it to be displayed on the screen in your video.

How to Add Captions to Instagram Video Manually via Online Video Editor

The more advanced way for you to add captions to your Instagram stories or reels is using a third-party video editing tool, which should give more control over your captions and make them far more attractive with stunning text effects and animations, such as fade, pop up, and even moving text.

If you want to try this way, just turn to FlexClip, which comes with loads of dynamic text samples, and animations waiting to be explored and make stunning captions.

It's simple to add captions to your Instagram videos with FlexClip - upload your videos and apply them to the Storyboard, then go to the Text section to pick one text effect you like, and enter your caption text for customizing, choose the font, change its color, modify the style, and apply motions.

Add Captions to Instagram Video Manually via Online Video Editor

Add Captions to Instagram Video Manually via Online Video Editor

Besides adding captions to your stories/reels, you can also find endless inspiration for your next video as FlexClip offers various pre-made templates:

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Final Words

That's all for how to add captions to Instagram videos. Although Instagram itself offers different text styles and animations for your captions/subtitles, an online video editor like FlexClip, enables you to add stunning text, including title, captions/subtitles, and more to your videos quickly and make them watch-worthy.

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