How to Edit Your Photo After Posting to Instagram

Edit Photo After Posting Instagram

That photo you just shared on Instagram looked perfect before you posted it. But now that you look at it, it doesn’t look so good anymore. Maybe, if you just used a different filter, it would be that much better.

You’re not the first person that has wanted to edit a photo after posting it on Instagram. Poster’s remorse is a widespread issue, and you’ll learn how to make changes to your photos in this article. There are a few edits you can make to the pictures you’ve posted, so we’re going to take a look at them one at a time.

Changing the Filter

It’s always best to start with the bad news. That way, it only gets better going forward. So, the bad news, in this case, is that you can’t change the filter on pictures that you’ve posted on Instagram. It’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but it’s the unfortunate truth.

For Instagram’s moderators, there are many factors to consider in this kind of scenario. Any editing of photos after they have been posted would impact all the people that interacted with the photo. Even something seemingly insignificant, such as a filter change, could markedly change the context of a photo. Just think about it: if you were to like or comment on a photo, it surely wouldn’t sit well with you if the content of that photo were to change in the future.

There are some changes you can make, however. You can change the caption of the photo and edit the location. You can also change the people that you tag in it.

Changing the Captions

You can change the caption on photos after you’ve posted them. If this is what you want to edit, then you’re in luck. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the post you want to edit and tap on the three dots in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Edit from the menu.
  3. You will automatically see a text box. Type in the caption you want the photo to have.
  4. Once you’re satisfied with your caption, tap the check mark in the top-right corner.

This will change the caption for your photo. That may not seem like much, but if you’re creative, it can make a significant impact.

Changing the Location

Changing the location is also quite straightforward. You’re mostly going to take the same approach. Access the editing menu and tap on either Add Location or on the location that you have tagged. You will find this on the top-left of the picture, and it will change dynamically as it is updated.


It’s good to remember that Instagram will not give you the option of tagging a photo very far from where you are. However, you can certainly retag your photos when you’re traveling if you think it will make an impact.

Changing Who’s Tagged

At this point, you should be familiar with the process. Go to the Edit menu and select Tag People in the bottom-left of the picture. You will be prompted to tap anywhere on the photo and then search through your contacts to tag people. Once you select the people you want to tag in the photo, you can drag the tags around and edit them later.


Not Quite What You Want

OK, so admittedly, there is very little you can do to alter a photo once it has been posted. If you’re really that unsatisfied, the only option is to just delete the photo entirely and start anew. Before you do that though, here are some considerations.

If your photo is not getting the kind of engagement that you want, a different filter is probably not going to make a monumental difference. You may have to just accept that it’s not a winner. On the other hand, if your photo has a lot of engagement and you want to improve it in a fragmentary way, maybe rethink that. If you’ve achieved a good level of exposure, maybe you should leave it well enough alone and accept that maybe a change could make it worse.

When you consider it this way, you may just decide that not changing the photo is the best thing you can do.

Some Things Will Never Change

It is difficult to create a perfect Instagram post. There are many considerations about what to say and how to appeal to your audience. Sadly, there’s not a lot you can do after the fact, so you should get in your due diligence before you decide to post. If you’re very unsatisfied with your photo, at the end of the day, you can just get rid of it and try again. Aside from that, you can change the caption and the tags, but not much else.

Do you find yourself frequently deleting photos? If you could give some advice to people who have just started using Instagram, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below.

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