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Easy Instagram Hack

When I first heard about Instagram, I thought to myself: Oh boy, another social media platform to keep up with! I wasn’t at all interested in giving Instagram a try, so for the longest time I didn’t even create an account. However, Instagram became the fastest growing social media platform so I knew that if I wanted to keep up with the current trends, I had to at least give Instagram a chance. And I have to admit, it started growing on me!

If you are an Instagram user, you know that this particular platform is all about hashtags. If you are a photographer or business owner, you are probably using the hashtags that are relevant to your audience. I believe that you can add up to 30 hashtags to an image. Now, if you add them manually every single time, it takes a lot of time, and let’s be honest: time is the one thing that we all wish we had more of!

I personally use Instagram to showcase a few different aspects of my life and brand. If you follow me, you are going to see that I use the following categories over and over again in my feed: wedding photography (portfolio work), behind the scene photos from sessions, and personal work (food, travel, family).

I used to manually add hashtags to each and every image I posted.  I mean, silly me, I should have known that there’s always an easier way to do things! So, one day, while browsing the internet I came across this helpful tip that helps you import a series of hashtags instead of manually typing them out. Are you ready? Here it goes! On you iPhone you can actually create shortcuts, name them, and every time you type that word on Instagram, all the hashtags that are part of that shortcut will automatically be inserted in your post or comment. Here’s what you have to do:

On your iPhone go to:

SETTINGS > GENERAL > KEYBOARD >TEXT REPLACEMENT > + > TYPE YOUR HASHTAGS WHERE IT SAYS “PHRASE” > NAME YOUR SHORTCUT

…and your done! Every time you are going to type the shortcut word on Instagram, the series of hashtags you created will appear. To give you a better idea,  I have created a shortcut for when I post wedding photos, ring shots, engagement pictures, personal posts, etc.

This simple hack has saved me so.much.time and I can only hope that it will do the same for you!

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  • March 14, 2016 - 12:47 pm

    Sorella - Thanks for sharing! We can’t wait to try this out.ReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2016 - 8:39 pm

    Alexandra Peterson - Such a time saver! Thanks for sharing =)ReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2016 - 11:02 pm

    Kelly Loeffler - Thanks for the tip. Instagram is my favorite platformReplyCancel

  • March 22, 2016 - 10:21 pm

    Jessi - What a great Instagram hack! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2016 - 12:00 pm

    Jessica Bulloss - Love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing. I never thought to create a short cut!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2016 - 12:03 pm

    Laura Friedel Matney - Wow what a great timesaver!!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2016 - 12:03 pm

    Morgan Williams - This is genius! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2016 - 12:05 pm

    Katie Brooks - thank you. I use an android which i think does the same thing but Ill still be trying it on my ipad after reading this!!!ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2016 - 1:04 pm

    Mini Backdrops - That is a great tip. I keep planning to save them in a note on my phone that I can just copy and paste… but never get around to doing it haha.ReplyCancel

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