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If you're wondering how your friends are getting bite-sized captions on their Instagram stories, or you're just looking to reach your sound-off audience, you want to know how you can add subtitles to your Instagram stories.
To add subtitles to your IG stories, you need to:
Tap the create story option
Select the video you want to upload
Tap the sticker option
Select the "Captions" sticker
Adjust the text position, font, and size,
Upload your story
If you can't find the captions sticker, are confused about any of the steps or want to add captions to your reels as well, you should read the rest of this post. It covers these steps in detail alongside a manual captioning method. You will find the pros and cons of both auto-captions and manual captions for IG stories.
Toward the end, we will go over a method of creating subtitles for all social media videos from a single app without typing them out. But first, let's look into the steps for adding subtitles to IG stories from the Instagram app.
Tap The "Create Story" Icon
You can currently add stories by tapping your profile picture (if you have not added any stories during the past 24 hours). If you already have stories uploaded, then tapping your profile picture will just show them. The second way of creating stories is more stable.
You must tap the + icon, which signifies fresh uploads. Then you must select stories from the available options, which include feed posts and reels alongside live streaming. Once you've selected the "create story" option, you can select a video from your gallery or record one for your story.
Select Or Create Media For Your Story
At this stage, you just need to select the video you want to upload to your story. If you do not have the video pre-recorded, then you need to be as clear as possible when you speak while recording yourself for your story.
Tap The "Add Sticker" Icon
The sticker icon currently on Instagram looks like a floating notepad page and is located at the top next to the captions icon. It is where you can select different gifs to post on your story alongside polls and questions. If you live in an eligible country, you will get a "captions" sticker. This sticker generates captions for your story videos using the same engine as the Facebook Video Auto-Captions. However, the captions are presented in a more bite-sized way.
Yes, you do not get to see the captions until your story is uploaded. This might change in the future, but you don't get to edit or preview the captions for now. Uploading the stories is the final step. But it is highly recommended that you take the additional measure of immediately viewing your story to verify that the captions are at least 90% accurate. If the captions are not accurate enough, you can simply upload captions manually.
Cons Of Instagram Story Subtitles
Having covered the pros of story captioning, let's go over the cons so you can have a balanced view. Here are the main disadvantages of the IG story caption sticker:
It is not available to everyone - The first roadblock to using Instagram captions is that there are very few places where it is available. Currently, it is available in the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia. Accounts created in countries outside of these countries might get access to this feature later on.
It can add confusion instead of clarity - Another major drawback to IG auto-captions is that they can be confusing when the subtitle engine interprets your words incorrectly. Unlike the auto generated captions in Facebook Watch, you don't get to clean up the mistakes made by the caption generator.
It isn't a good repurposing platform - While you can use the auto-captions feature as a subtitler for reels, the video saved as stories have considerably lower export quality, which can make your reels look like they were shot on a cheap camera. If you use an alternative captioning platform like ContentFries, you can decide the video export quality and dimensions for all types of social media.
How To Add Subtitles To Instagram Stories (Manually)
Having covered the auto-captioning method of adding subtitles, let's cover the steps you need to take in order to add subtitles on IG stories manually. This will help you subtitle your stories if the captions sticker is unavailable or you don't find the auto-generated captions to be accurate enough.
Step 1 - Tap the add story button - It is nested in the create button. You have to tapa create, then select the story option.
Step 2 - Select or Record a Video - The next step entails choosing a video from your camera roll/gallery or recording one for your story.
Step 3 - Tap the text icon - Alternatively, you can tap anywhere on the screen. Your on-screen keyboard will let you type a caption.
Step 4 - Type out the subtitles - You can add text transcribing what you say in the story.
Step 5 - Upload your Instagram Story - This is the final step. It entails uploading the story using the same method as a classic story upload.
Pros Of Using Contentfries For Subtitles
Get videos captioned for all your social media - ContentFries can optimize your videos for Reels, Stories, Facebook Watch, and Youtube.
More font options and layouts - Tried and Tested font options and layout templates can improve your video engagement.
High-quality video export - Saves stories aren't as high in quality as videos exported using top-quality export settings on ContentFries.
Cons Of Using Contentfries For Subtitles
It takes 15 minutes to learn the first time around - Once you understand how to use the platform, it is pretty simple.
It is not free - But a free trial is available for those who want to see how good ContentFries can be for their content creation journey.
Adding captions to your stories is the right idea. However, it is not widely available, and the subtitles generated by the auto-caption can't be edited if they are inaccurate. ContentFries allows you to add and adjust captions in under a minute. Moreover, it lets you export videos in different dimensions for different types of social media.