Instagram Stories are a great way to share quick videos throughout the day. Learn how to add automatic captions to make them accessible for everyone.
Captions are one of the most important accessibility features for any smartphone app. In the case of Instagram, adding captions to videos posted on Instagram Stories can be done using nothing more than a sticker.
Instagram first launched its Stories feature in August 2016, and since then, it’s become one of the app’s most popular features. Out of the roughly 1 billion monthly active Instagram users, 500 million of them use Instagram Stories to share photos and short videos. Stories is a great way to share less important content that doesn’t necessarily deserve a full post on the Instagram timeline, with all uploads to Instagram Stories automatically expiring after 24 hours. Along with being easy to use and not requiring any long-term commitment to what’s shared, Instagram also gives users tons of effects and stickers to customize their Stories posts with virtually endless possibilities.
Out of all the stickers available for Instagram Stories, the Captions sticker is one of the most important. This allows users to automatically add captions to any video they record on Instagram Stories, making the clip more accessible to viewers that are deaf, hard of hearing, or prefer watching videos without their sound turned on. After recording a video on Instagram Stories, tap the Stickers icon at the top of the screen (the one that looks like a smiley face). On the pop-up menu that appears, tap the ‘Captions’ sticker. Just like that, Instagram will automatically transcribe any speech in the video and create captions for it.
Captions In Instagram Stories Can Be Customized & Edited
Similar to other Instagram Stories stickers, the captions sticker can be customized in quite a few ways. Instagram has four animation styles for captions, users can change the text color, and the captions can be repositioned however someone sees fit — with Instagram allowing the captions sticker to be moved, rotated, and zoomed in/zoomed out with virtually no restrictions.
Even more important, the captions themselves can be edited if Instagram’s automatic transcription software gets something wrong. Tap on the captions sticker after adding it to a story, tap the word that needs to be edited, and then a keyboard will appear so users can quickly type the correct word that should be shown. Tap the ‘Done’ button at the top of the screen after finishing the edits, and they’ll be saved just like that.
The only downside to Instagram Stories’ captions sticker is its availability. The sticker is currently limited to “English and English-speaker countries,” though Instagram does plan on eventually rolling it out to more languages and regions in the future. For Instagram users that do live in an area where automatic captions are available, it’s a fast and easy way to make sure everyone can enjoy Instagram Stories content regardless of their hearing.
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