Wondering about Instagram caption spacing?
Or how to make paragraphs on Instagram?
When it comes to IG, you need to think about how everything looks. While your images or videos are the star, your caption is also super important.
But not just what it says – how it looks too!
Instagram caption spacing will help make your captions look good and be easy to read.
There are a few easy ways to do it. Let’s dive into what they are.
Why do you need Instagram caption spacing?
You don’t have to have spaces in your captions for them to do their job.
Often with smaller, shorter captions, there’s no need to all. But with longer captions that contain more text, it can be a great idea.
What’s the Instagram character limit?
Instagram caption length maxes at 2200 characters, which is a lot of words!
How many, you ask? Around 400.
Of course, you don’t need to write 400-word captions. But, longer captions have been shown to increase engagement. So more influencers are jumping on the long-caption bandwagon.
This chart, based on research by Fohr, shows how the average caption length has more than doubled since 2016.
Now, don’t expect IGers to wade through a wall of text! Would you read this?
Obviously the long caption brought stunning engagement, but I think it could’ve been even better!
How? Caption spacing!
Break your captions into paragraphs with spacing.
→ It looks more aesthetically pleasing for your audience.
→ It encourages skim readers to keep going as they tend to look for those gaps as they skim.
In a sense, it is a bit like using short paragraphs in your blog posts! Which, you may have noticed, I love to do.
When you’re using fun formatting options like unique fonts for Instagram bios and captions, you might like this trick too.
And while you’re at it, include some of the most popular Instagram emojis!
How to make spaces in Instagram captions 2021
Remember when we used to need all kinds of crazy workarounds to make line breaks in Instagram? No longer.
If your Instagram app is updated, you should be able to make them right in the app.
Baffled? Here’s the trick.
The return key is on the numbers keypad.
So after you finish typing a paragraph of words, switch to the numbers keypad, and just tap the Return button.
It’ll send you back to the main keyboard, so go back to the numbers keypad and tap Return again to make that coveted space.
How to make MORE line breaks to hide hashtags
You can use that return key 3, 4, or 100 times.
But you’re only going to get ONE space between paragraphs that way. Basically like a double space in Word.
But maybe you want to push your hashtags down, way down… so they’re less obvious. Then you need to use characters such as a dash or period to create those extra spaces.
To use this method:
- Type or paste your caption into the IG app.
- Where you want a line break, hit Return.
- This will take you back to the letter keyboard, so tap the 123 at far left to go back to the numbers, symbols, and return key pad.
- Add the symbol on the line, then hit Return again.
- Repeat as many times as desired.
- Add your hashtags and post by tapping Done.
Don’t miss all my hashtag hacks on How to Use Hashtags on Instagram for Explosive Growth!
Not working to make caption spaces?
If those two methods aren’t working for you, I have a few workarounds.
1 | Remove the space at the end of the text
This used to be a thing. I no longer have a problem with it in 2021, but it’s worth trying if you’re having issues.
Avoid extra spaces in your text.
Don’t double tap the spacebar to make a period.
Don’t add any spaces at the end of a sentence if it’s the last in a paragraph.
Go back and remove them if necessary. Tap Return. See if that works!
2 | Compose captions with line breaks in your phone’s Notes app
This option should work, and it’ll create a real gap in your caption.
To create an Instagram caption space this way, just open the Notes app and create the caption with returns where you want the spaces.
Copy the draft, and paste it into Instagram.
The result is a normal looking space between your paragraphs. This method can work well if you like using Instagram hashtags in comments.
3 | Paste invisible spaces into your caption in your Notes app
Some people say you need to paste invisible spaces in the line. I think this is taking it a bit too far, but if you’re still struggling, it’s worth a try.
Open your Notes app and create the caption with returns where you want the spaces.
Copy the invisible spaces AND the brackets you see below.⠀
Paste them where you want that line break space.
Then go back and remove the brackets but leave the spaces (yes, this is a pain!).
Copy the draft, and paste it into Instagram.
4 | Try a dedicated space maker tool
Another option is to use a dedicated space maker tool. There are a few available, with Post Builder being one of the popular ones.
With this, you download the app to your phone (it works on iOS or Android).
Type in your caption, including any spaces, just as you would in a word processing document.
Copy the caption with the blue button and paste into Instagram
5 | Use an approved scheduler that inserts the spaces
Some scheduling apps such as Tailwind let you make line breaks that stay without all the rigamarole.
And to really save you time, they’ll auto-post to your IG business account at whatever time you’ve scheduled for!
They even help you determine the best time to post to Instagram.
If you’d like to save time posting to Instagram, then learn how to post to Instagram from desktop with these IG-approved tools.
Do these tricks work with bios and comments too?
Want to clean up your Instagram profile and have it look more professional? You can use these tricks to create spaces there too.
You can also use the same systems to add spaces into your comments, whether on your own posts or other people’s.
Effective and pleasing captions
Writing engaging Instagram captions is important, but it’s critical to make them look good too. You want people to actually read and respond to your carefully-crafted words!
That’s where Instagram caption spacing comes in.
Whether you try an Instagram caption generator or write them from scratch, use one of these methods to add that bit of caption formatting to make yours look – and read – even better.
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