Line breaks signify not only the ending of one line of thinking, but the beginning of another. We use them to emphasize points, to fragment information, to shift tone, and more. They're important in getting our message across properly, which is why I'm always disappointed when I can't insert a line break into my masterful Instagram caption.
Well, it turns out that there's actually a quick and easy fix to adding line breaks to your Instagram captions and comments: just use anything but Instagram to do it.
Basically, don't try and create line breaks directly in Instagram, use pretty much any other app instead, then copy over the photo caption or comment, line breaks and all.
For example, using the Facebook app (either for Android or iOS), go to "Update Status" and enter your desired caption, along with any desired line breaks, then highlight the text with "Select All" and choose "Copy." Now go to Instagram, paste the copied text into the caption box and post your picture.
We've also tested this method out with other third-party apps, on both iOS and Android. They include, but aren't limited to, the following.
- Notes (iOS), Google Keep (Android), and Evernote (iOS/Android)
- Mail (iOS) and Gmail (iOS/Android)
- Messages (iOS/Android)
Again, pretty much any app that allows you to create line breaks will work.
When your picture uploads to Instagram, your caption will appear just as you typed it into Facebook, complete with all those glorious line breaks.
Not all applications will work for everyone, so it's best you experiment and see which one is best for you. However, you should know a few basic guidelines for posting your Instagram captions, otherwise you'll run into issues, no matter which app you're using to copy over the text.
- Even if you add more than one consecutive line break, Instagram will reformat it to only one line break.
- Some characters (-, $, %, etc.) will cause line breaks to fail.
- Hashtags do work with line breaks, so go ahead, separate your hashtags all neatly.
- You can use line breaks in your Instagram bio and the comment section as well.
- Character limits for captions and comments is 2,200 characters, and a line break equals only one character.
- Captions don't get cut off, but comments will around 240 characters, though they can be expanded using the ellipsis (...) sign.
How well does this work for you? Let us know in the comments below.