How to Tag People in Instagram Posts?

If you just took a picture or recorded a video of you and your friends and thinking of uploading it to your Instagram account, don’t forget about one important thing! Tag your friends that appeared in that image or photo. By doing this your post will receive more organic reach and engagement.

If you are new to Instagram and wondering how to do this – it is simple.

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Keep reading further and I will explain how to tag people in your Instagram posts the easy way.

Let’s get started!

How to tag people in your Instagram posts?

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It is important to notice that you should follow different steps to tag people in your Instagram posts depending you want to do this on an already existing or a new Instagram post.

If you would like to tag people in new Instagram post, then follow these steps:

  1. After you have chosen the image or video to be uploaded to Instagram, added all the necessary filters and effects, click on “Tag People”;
  2. Tap on the screen on someone in the photo/video;
  3. You will be able to type in your friend’s name and auto-suggestions will appear. Choose from dropdown suggestions the one you want to tag;
  4. Select “Done” (if you are using iPhone iOS) or click on a checkmark icon (in Android). Done!

If you have already uploaded your Instagram post and forgot to tag your friends in it, don’t worry as you can still tag people in an already existing Instagram post. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open up Instagram post to which you would like to tag your friends;
  2. Click on 3-dot button above the post;
  3. From the dropdown menu, select “Edit”;
  4. You will be brought up to a window where you will see an option to “Tag People”. Click on it and you will be able to start tagging your friends! Done!

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How many people can you tag?

So, now you know how to tag people in your already existing & new Instagram videos and images. However, if you just recorded a video or took a picture of a whole bunch of friends and would like to tag them all – probably it won’t be possible. As there are limits on how many people you can tag in one Instagram post.

You can tag up to 20 people in one Instagram post. Instagram won’t allow to tag any more than that. However, if you are tagging in your Instagram stories, then you won’t be able to tag more than 10 people.

If you would like to mention someone in the comments using “@username” feature, then the limit will be even lower. You will be able to mention just 5 people.

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How to mention “@” someone in a comment?

Tagging and mentioning is basically the same thing, but there is a slight difference. To tag someone you must use post editing feature described earlier.

Mentioning is performed the other way, but still it is very simple. Just add “@” sign before the username (for example, @username) of someone you would like to mention in a comment section. That’s it.

Why should you tag people in your Instagram posts?

Tagging in Instagram is a great feature that should be used by all experienced Instagram users. That’s because it helps you so much with faster growth of your Instagram account.

You should always tag other people to gain maximum exposure. Once you tag someone in your posts, that person will be notified about this and probably will check out and engage with your post. Consequently, your post could reach tagged friend’s followers too.

If you are not tagging other people that appeared in your Instagram content, then you are missing out on getting better engagement and organic reach. As you know the more engagement you get and more users you reach, the faster is the growth of your Instagram account.

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When to tag and when to avoid tagging?

As described above, it is really beneficial to use tagging to its full potential. However, if you overuse it, then it can harm your account and not bring any positive results. You need to know when to use it and when to avoid tagging.

It is okay to tag your friends and other people that appeared in the image or video that you posted on Instagram.

If you took a picture in some business place than runs their Instagram account, you can tag their Instagram account in your photo. Or, if you just used some product or service that you really liked and want to showcase it, then you can also tag that business in your Instagram post. That would be a great conversation starter if you want to build relationship with that business.

However, you shouldn’t tag unrelated people on your posts just that they would get a notification about being tagged so they would check your post. This is a spammy activity that shouldn’t be continued.

Also, don’t tag the same people over and over again. I have noticed people doing this lately, they just tag their 10 closest friends on every Instagram post. You shouldn’t do this, unless all of those 10 people appeared in the image you are uploading. It won’t get you good results as even your closest friends can be tired of your everyday posts. If your friends are interested in your content, they will check your account by their own will.

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I hope that after reading this article you will know how to tag people in your Instagram posts, when you should do so and when to avoid tagging.

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