Instagram can be a great app… until it comes to writing captions. For whatever reason, it doesn’t allow you to add line breaks directly within the mobile app itself, so we need to find alternative ways to do so. #firstworldproblems. In this post I am going to share with you the best way to write your captions – line breaks included.
The best way to add line breaks in your Instagram captions is to use Facebook’s Creator Studio. The online application allows you to create, upload & schedule content for both Facebook and Instagram – straight from your desktop! It covers everything from posts, videos, carousels, IGTV and even stories.
The reason why I recommend Facebook’s Creator Studio is that it allows you to write your post captions however which way you want, and it will appear on the mobile app exactly as intended – line breaks and all. Given its scheduling capabilities, combined with the ability to line breaks in your captions with no fuss, Creator Studio becomes a no brainer.
To start using Creator Studio, all you need to do is link your Facebook account/page to the platform. To create content for your Instagram account, you’ll need to ensure that the account is linked to the Facebook page you’ve used for Creator Studio. You can do this within the Instagram app by going to Settings > Account > Linked Accounts > Facebook.
Alternative ways to add line breaks in Instagram captions
Although I highly recommend sticking with Creator Studio, there are alternative options for adding line breaks to your captions. One of the easier apps to use is the Notes app on your mobile. I use an iPhone but you’re welcome to use the android equivalent. We will be writing our caption within Notes as the Instagram app doesn’t allow for returns (to the next line).
#1 – Creating line breaks by using symbols
There are two options when creating line breaks in the Notes app. The first one being that you can use symbols such as full-stops to break up the text. I have also seen some Instagrammers inserting Emojis in between sentences instead, which can work well too.
You’ll want to follow the order below to add line breaks using symbols or emojis:
- Open the Notes app on your phone
- Write out your caption as you would normally
- Hit Return twice at the end of each paragraph to create a space for the line break
- Insert a full-stop (.) or emoji (😎) in the space between the two sentences
But wait, that’s not all. Before you skip ahead, I must mention that the above will not work if you leave any spaces at the end of a paragraph. So if there’s a space at the end of the sentence, before the line break, then it won’t work and it will just mess up your caption.
Be aware of this especially when you add emojis to the end of a paragraph, as it tends to automatically add a space immediately after the emoji.
#2 – Inserting invisible spaces
Much like inserting symbols as line breaks, you can also add spaces. You see, instead of adding a full-stop, dash or emoji, you insert the following:
Do you see it? There’s actually some spacing there, let me show you again. Here it is again, but with brackets around it…
To use this in your captions, you’ll want to copy the spacing that’s in between the two brackets. You can then paste it in between the lines of your Instagram caption or bio. You can paste the spacing in as many times you want throughout the caption, but only once per line break. Now this works great, but there is an easier option.
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#3 – Using tools to add line breaks to your Instagram captions
I recently stumbled upon a really useful tool created by @albert on Instagram. It allows you to write in your caption as you would normally, and it will format it all for you. It’s as simple as clicking the Convert button & pasting into to your Instagram post. Although it’s not as efficient as using Creator Studio, it’s certainly easier than using the Notes app.
There are some statistics that show that long-form content does perform better on Instagram, that’s why it can be frustrating when the social media app doesn’t allow you to add line breaks between paragraphs. That being said, it’s recommended that you use Facebook’s Creator Studio which allows you to do just that – for free!
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