How to edit a video after posting it on Instagram

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Instagram is an amazing social media platform, thanks to its focus on sharing experiences through impactful photos, videos and animated stories. It has given internet celebrities a chance to shine and this platform has also changed the way people advertise. Unsurprisingly, Instagram offers some of the most comprehensive editing tools for videos and photos. However, all of these tools are only available before you post something.


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Once you've actually uploaded a video to your album or story, all editing features will disappear. There are some changes you can make to published content, but they are very limited. Let's take a closer look at what you can do.



CHANGE CAPTIONS ON INSTAGRAM

One of the simplest changes you can make to an already posted video is changing the caption.

  1. Log into your Instagram account
  2. Go to your profile page
  3. Tap the video you want to change the caption for
  4. Tap the three-dot icon in the top right corner
  5. Tap Edit
  6. Delete the existing text and type something new
  7. Tap End (iOS) or check mark (Android)

That video will not have a bump after editing or removing a caption. Instagram also does not send anyone notifications about the change.


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TAG NEW PEOPLE ON INSTAGRAM

Just as you can tag people in photos before and after posting, you can do the same for videos.


  1. Open the Instagram app
  2. Go to your profile page
  3. Select a video
  4. Tap the three-point menu icon
  5. This will bring up the edit function
  6. Tap the “Tag People” icon that appears on your video
  7. Tap someone in the video to see the search function
  8. Type that person's name
  9. Tap the name to select it
  10. Tap End (iOS) or check mark (Android)

If you tag someone, even in an already posted video, that person will be notified. Other people following that post will not be notified.


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ADD A PLACE ON INSTAGRAM

You can also make changes to the location. You can add a position (if you posted the video without one) or you can edit the existing position associated with your published videos.


  1. Select the video you want from your profile page
  2. Tap the three-point menu
  3. Tap Edit
  4. Tap "Add Location"
  5. Type the location
  6. Tap End (iOS) or check mark (Android)

If you want to change a position, you must first remove the previous one.

  1. Access the Edit function on your video
  2. Tap the name of the location
  3. Tap "Remove Location" (Android) or "Change Location" (iPhone)
  4. Alternatively you can tap "Find a location"
  5. Tap Done (iOS) or the checkmark (Android) when you're satisfied

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Unfortunately, this is another thing Instagram doesn't allow you to do once a video has been posted. To get a great preview, you should select one before posting the video. In case you don't know how to do it, here are the steps you need to follow.


  1. Show Instagram
  2. Tap the plus icon
  3. Select a video from the library
  4. Tap "Cover" in the lower right corner
  5. Scroll through the available covers and frame captures
  6. Tap "Next"

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EDITING THE PUBLISHED CONTENT IS NOT EASY

As you can see, your editing options disappear when you upload and post something on Instagram. Aside from changing the caption, changing the location, and tagging people you forgot before posting, there isn't much you can do.



It's nice to have at least that, but a little unsatisfying, given how popular this social media platform is. Better tools would be expected by now.


Are you satisfied with the current situation on Instagram? Would you consider using third-party apps to make changes if Instagram fails to provide post-post editing tools? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.

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