Do you want to make your Instagram account more engaging? Read on to learn about how to add location on Instagram.
Instagram is a photo-sharing app with a cult following. Whether you want to share your latest outfit or the view from your last vacation, Instagram makes it easy to create and share beautiful photos with friends and family.
With over 500 million monthly active users, Instagram is one of the most popular social networks on the planet. And its popularity is no accident — it's an incredibly powerful tool for brands, businesses, celebrities, and influencers alike.
The ability to add a location to your photos has always been a key feature of Instagram, but it was only available on iOS until recently. A new update added this feature to Android devices as well, making it easier than ever for people to let everyone know where their photos were taken. Continue reading to learn about this:
How to Search for Locations on Instagram?
Instagram has become an excellent platform for businesses to reach potential customers and engage with them through photos and videos. But even if you aren’t using it as a marketing tool, it can be a great tool for finding new places to visit.
If you are using Instagram as a marketing tool, then there are even more reasons why you might want to search for locations on Instagram.
So to search for a location:
Step 1: Click on the search icon on Instagram.
Step 2: Key in the location you want to know about.
Step 3: Touch the [See All Results] option.
Step 4: Select the [Places] button and see if your sort for location is listed there.
Is it there? If Yes, Great! If No, don't worry, you'll find it ahead. Keep on reading.
Can You Create a New Location on Instagram Directly?
You can't. You have to go through the process of adding a location to your profile, then enabling it for each post you want to add one for. It's not as easy as it should be, but you can still do it.
The best thing to do is if you have an Instagram business profile, you can add your business location on the profile so that it can be easier for people to locate you.
How to Create a Custom Location on Instagram?
A custom location on Instagram is a place that you want to tag on your photos and videos. This can be an address or any place where you have visited.
At the same time, with Instagram borrowing most of its features from its predecessor, Instagram, it's almost impossible to achieve some features on Instagram without Instagram. The reason behind this is Instagram's recognition of public locations from Instagram only. It's also because Instagram Owns Instagram.
So if you were to create a custom location, you'd do it on your Instagram app, then it will be automatically available on Instagram.
Step 1: Log into your Facebook app and create a post.
Step 2: Click on the [Check in] option(it has a red location icon).
Step 3: Facebook will prompt you about using your location. Go ahead and accept the permission or select any location on the map.
Step 4: Enter the name of your custom location on the search bar and click the [+] symbol at the bottom. The best thing is that even if someone had earlier created a location with the same place, you could still create yours.
Step 5: Enter your custom location details including the name and any other necessary thing.
Step 6: Select the [Save Custom Place] option.
Congratulations, your location is now available on Facebook and Instagram.
If by any chance, the custom location fails to appear immediately on Instagram, it might be because the system is taking a long to update; or maybe Facebook could not go on with the customization because you may have provided very few details. It might also be because you haven't taken over your business profile.
How to Turn on Location Services
Step 1: On your Facebook app, click on the menu icon(three vertical lines) at the bottom right corner.
Step 2: Scroll through and go to [Settings & Privacy], then to [Settings].
Step 3: In the [Settings] page, navigate through towards the bottom to the [Privacy Heading] option then click on [Location].
Step 4: Facebook will prompt you on whether you want the Location turned on [Always] or [While Using the App]. Select either of them and that will be it. You will have turned on your location.
How to Add a Custom Location to Your Instagram Post?
Anyone who's used Instagram before can confirm that adding custom locations on your posts is almost like using key hashtags on the platform. It guarantees additional engagement.
So to do this:
Step 1: Create a post as usual on Instagram.
Step 2: Under the slot where you enter your caption, click on the [Add Location] option. So type in the custom location you want, and it should appear there. Tap on your location and then click to share the post.
How to Add a Custom Location to Your Instagram Story?
Instagram stories has been a huge success for the video and photo sharing platform. One of the most unique features about Instagram stories is that you can use a custom location when posting. This means that instead of just sharing where you are physically, you can also share where you're digitally present — like when you're using an app or website.
Before you start, remember the custom location you are adding needs to be in existence already. If by any chance, you want to add a new custom location, you'll have to go through Instagram’s Check-in feature as guided above under the [How to create a Custom Location on Instagram] section.
So to add a location that already exists:
Step 1: Tap on the Camera icon to create a Story.
Step 2: Select your best photo or snap one.
Step 3: Touch the [Smiley Face stickers] button.
Step 4: Tap on the location sticker and scroll through for your location.
Step 5: Click on your location, complete the Story editing and click to send.
How to Link Instagram Business Page Locations to Instagram?
Facebook Business Page locations are a great way to connect your Instagram account with your Facebook Page. The feature shows the location of your Facebook business page in the bio section of your Instagram profile, which is a great way to show off where you're from or where you work.
The good news is that it's really easy to link your Facebook page locations to Instagram. Here's how to do it:
Step 1: Go to your Facebook Business Page.
Step 2: Scroll through to [Business Manager].
Step 3: Access the dropdown menu through the three vertical lines in the top left corner of the page.
Step 4: Open the [Assets] tab then click on the [Locations] option under it.
Step 5: If you have no locations here, touch the [Get Started] option, and Facebook will direct you on how to create your location.
It is also for your advantage to know that Facebook creates [child] pages for each location that connects from the main page when you establish numerous company locations. The [primary page] controls all locations and your brand. So, to use them on Instagram, you must check in at all these locations.
How to Add Location On Instagram Bio?
In addition to being an essential part of your online identity, a well-optimized Instagram bio helps you connect with new potential followers and customers. Adding location allows you to target specific audiences based on where they live, which can lead to more followers from similar locations.
Here's how to do this:
Step 1: Go to the Instagram app on your mobile devices.
Step 2: Through the menu at the bottom of the screen, click on the profile icon.
Step 3: Under your account click on the [Edit Profile] button.
Step 4: Open the [Public Business Information] and then touch the [Contact Options] button.
Step 5: Touch the [Business Address] bar to add a location.
Step 6: Enter the street address, city/town, and zip code in the appropriate text fields.
Step 7: Verify that your location data is complete and correct before clicking on the [Done] button in the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 8: To complete, click on the [Save] button in the top-right corner.
Your business profile will now display the location you entered once you've left the [Edit Profile] menu. So anyone who reads your profile, whether they follow you or not, will be able to see this location.
What If My Location Doesn't Appear in the Instagram Location Search?
Instagram has a search function that allows users to discover locations by name. This feature is immensely useful for businesses, who can use it to promote their products or services. It's also useful for travelers, who can explore new places without even leaving home.
The problem is that some locations may fail to appear in the Instagram location search even after checking in through Facebook. That can be quite frustrating, more so if you checked in and the location appeared then disappeared.
But there's no need to worry; here is what you can do to troubleshoot this:
- Create a location close by
If your business is not in the same city as its headquarters, it may be difficult to find it in any search results. To fix this issue, create a new location close by and associate it with your company.
- Re-check in Instagram tirelessly
You can also try checking your location periodically through Instagram to see if it shows up yet or not.
- Select an accurate category for your location
Make sure that you're tagging your posts with the appropriate categories so that people who follow those tags will see them when they search for relevant terms like “restaurants” or “coffee shops” (or whatever it is).
- Create a new Instagram post tagging your location
If that doesn't work, try creating a new post with a hashtag associated with your location. For example, if you own a restaurant, you could create a post saying, “Check out our new menu at @CafeSF!” Then add the hashtag #cafesf to the end of this post.
- Allow some time
You may also need to give some time as Instagram often has constant upgrades that may take time to update some features.
If you want to take your Instagram experience to the next level, adding your location is one of those things that you really need to do. So now you can share your favorite spot with your friends or the world at large.
Tap search, choose the tag you want to use, and then use the description section to give people a taste of why your location is worth visiting. No matter why you're sharing, be sure to add a description—it's what makes a photo on Instagram unique and worth viewing.