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How to add captions to Instagram stories

Have you ever had a situation when you were watching a Story on Instagram, you were unable to listen to it, but you really wanted to know what it was about in the video? Well, Instagram has decided to allow you to watch videos completely silent. Of course, it’s not a Speech-to-text or something like that and depends only on the author’s wish – whether they want to write captions in their posts or not. However, this format greatly simplifies the work of bloggers, as they’re able to capture the attention of more people. Thus, people who aren’t comfortable at the moment listening to posts, or they don’t like long speeches, can now simply read the main message of the author in his video.

Although, if you want to make a headline in your Story you may also face restrictions in your country. Here you’ll find answers on how to make headlines in Instagram Stories not only on mobile devices but also on PCs or laptops.

How to make captions on Instagram stories via iOS

So you’re about to add a text to your Storybook. Note that headers work here on the principle of speech recognition. That is, it recognizes your voice in the video and can make the text ready. Of course, you can still edit it. Plus, this feature is available on both pre-recorded videos and videos you’ve taken via Instagram.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Open Instagram on your iPhone
  • Tap on the Your Story bubble in the top-left corner, or simply swipe left on your home page
  • Record a video or upload one from your gallery
  • Tap the sticker icon on the top menu
  • Choose Captions from the list of options
  • Decide on a text format
  • Edit the text’s format any way you want
  • Select Done in the upper-right corner
  • Tap on the Your Story tab in the bottom-left corner to post it

How to make captions on Instagram Stories via Android

Also note that besides the fact that this feature is also available on Android, it only works in the English version of the app. Here’s how to put the captions through Android:

  • Launch the Instagram app on your Android device
  • Go to your profile picture in the top-left corner or swipe to the left side of your screen
  • Make a video or upload one you’ve previously recorded
  • Proceed to the top menu and tap on the sticker icon
  • Select Captions
  • Choose the font, color, size, and location of your captions
  • Continue to Done in the top-right corner of your screen
  • Post your Story by tapping on the Your Story tab

If you didn’t find the button to add captions among the stickers, don’t worry, perhaps in the future, Instagram will add this feature to other languages. For now, you can use the regular addition of text. Here’s a short guide:

  • Open Your Story on your Instagram app
  • Upload the video or film one to use
  • Tap on the Aa button on the top menu
  • Manually type in what you said in the video
  • Choose the text’s font, color, size, alignment, transition, etc
  • Tap Done in the top-right corner and Next button
  • Post your Story

Is it possible to make captions on Instagram Stories via PC

Since you cannot add Stories to Instagram via PC, needless to say about captions. However, there is an alternative option. You can do it through a third-party app, however, before you post a video, you must first add captions to it. This is most convenient to do through Google Drive.

Upload the video to your Google Drive first, then add the captions in SRT format as a separate file there as well. Next, follow these steps:

  • Open Google Drive on your browser
  • Find the video file you just uploaded and right-click on it
  • Select Manage Caption Tracks from the drop-down menu
  • Click on Add New Caption Tracks on the right side of the video
  • Go to the Upload tab on the new window
  • Drag the file to the window or click on the Select a file from your device button
  • Find the SRT file and choose Open
  • Select the language of your captions
  • Enter the caption track’s title
  • Choose Upload

After you’ve added the captions to your video, the next step is to download it to your computer. Once done, follow the steps below to post it to Instagram Stories:

  • Open Google Chrome or your preferred browser on your PC
  • Press these keys Ctrl + Shift + J at the same time. This will open the Developer Console window on the left side of your browser
  • Navigate to the phone icon on the top toolbar. It should be on the left side of the Elements tab
  • Choose the Dimensions: Responsive tab. Once you do this, your screen will be minimized, resembling a phone
  • Refresh your page
  • Go to Instagram
  • Click on the story bubble
  • Upload the video from your computer
  • Edit the video any way you want
  • Post your Instagram Story

Although this method is more complicated, it gives you a chance to post videos even if you don’t have a mobile device or if you want to post captions in another language.

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