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How to edit captions on Instagram

A recent update to Instagram makes it possible to easily correct mistakes in your photo or video captions.

Ugh. A typo on Instagram. Jason Cipriani/CNET

Nothing is worse than taking the time to craft and compose the perfect caption for an Instagram post only to hit Share btton and see a glaring typo.

At that point you have two options - embrace the mistake, or delete the post and try again. Neither is ideal, especially if you put a lot of work into tweaking and applying a filter.

On Monday Instagram announced it was releasing an update to both the iOS and Android version of its app, making it possible to edit captions for the first time. Huzzah!

Workflow to edit a caption on Instagram. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Editing a caption after submission is incredibly easy and sure to save you some work.

  • After submitting a photo and discovering an embarrassing typo, tap on the three-dot action button just under the photo or video in your timeline.
  • Select Edit from the list of options.
  • Correct yourself and tap done when finished.

The update was supposed to be available for both iOS and Android on Monday. But as of Tuesday morning, only the iOS update actually available. The Play Store listing shows it was updated on November 10, but the updated app isn't available for download.