How to Edit a Video After Posting it to Instagram

Edit Video After Posting Instagram

Instagram is an amazing social media platform due to its focus on sharing experiences through photos, videos, and impactful animated stories. It gave self-made internet celebrities a chance to shine, and this platform also changed the way advertising is done.

It comes as no surprise that Instagram offers some of the most extensive editing tools for videos and photos. However, all those tools are available only before you post something.

Once you actually upload a video to your album or your story, all the editing features will disappear. There are some changes you can make to a posted piece of content, but they are very limited. Let’s take a closer look at what you can do.

Change Captions

One of the easiest 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 on the video you want to change the caption for
  4. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner
    edit menu
  5. Tap Edit
  6. Delete the existing text and type in something new
    edit caption
  7. Tap Done (iOS) or the checkmark (Android)

That video won’t get a bump after you’ve edited or removed a caption. Instagram also doesn’t send anyone notifications about the change.

Tag New People

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

  1. Bring up the Instagram app
  2. Go to your profile page
  3. Select a video
  4. Tap the three-dot menu icon
  5. This will bring up the editing feature
  6. Tap the “Tag People” icon that appears on your video
  7. Tap someone in the video to bring up the search function
  8. Type in the name of that person
  9. Tap the name to select it
  10. Tap Done (iOS) or the checkmark (Android)

If you tag someone, even in an already posted video, that person will receive a notification. Other people who follow that post will not receive a notification.

Add a Location

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


  1. Select the video you want from your profile page
  2. Tap the three-dot menu
  3. Tap Edit
  4. Tap “Add Location”
  5. Type in the location
  6. Tap Done (iOS) or the checkmark (Android)

If you want to edit a location, you must first remove the old one.

  1. Get to the Edit feature on your video
  2. Tap the location name
  3. Tap “Remove Location” (Android) or “Change Location” (iPhone)
  4. You can alternatively tap “Find a location”
  5. Tap Done (iOS) or the checkmark (Android) when you’re satisfied

Can You Change Thumbnails?

Unfortunately, this is yet another thing that Instagram doesn’t let you do once a video has been posted. In order to have a great thumbnail, you should select one before posting the video. Just in case you don’t know how to do that, here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Bring up Instagram
  2. Tap the plus icon
  3. Select a video from the library
  4. Tap “Cover” in the bottom right corner
  5. Scroll through the available covers and frame captures
  6. Tap “Next”

Editing Posted Content Is Not Easy

As you can see, your editing options go away when you upload and post something on Instagram. Short of changing the caption, changing the location, and tagging people you’ve forgotten about before posting, there’s not much you can do.

It’s nice to have at least that, but also somewhat unsatisfactory given how popular this social media platform is. One would expect better tools by now.

Are you content with the current state of affairs on Instagram? Would you consider using third-party apps to make modifications if Instagram fails to deliver on post-posting editing tools? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.

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