Do you believe you made an unnecessary Instagram comment and want to change it? Continue reading to learn how to edit your Instagram comments quickly and easily.
Instagram is a great place to share photos and videos, but it's also a great place for people to express their opinions. It's even better when those opinions are positive. But when you're in the middle of a heated debate or someone has made a snarky remark that you'd rather not show up on your feed, is it really possible to edit comments on the social media account?
Can You Edit a Comment on Instagram?
No, You cannot edit a comment on Instagram.
The reason is simple. When you post a comment on Instagram, it is saved as an image that is attached to your post. The text part of the comment is saved as text on your phone, but when you post it on Instagram it gets converted into an image and becomes part of the post itself.
So, if you discover an outrageous misspelled word in a comment you posted, you may have to find a different way around it. At the same time, while Instagram does not allow users to edit their comments, it's quite possible to edit Instagram captions.
Instagram is yet to unroll how to edit your comments on your posts and other users' posts as well. You can, however, edit any caption that's already live on your Instagram posts.
Here's how to do this:
Step 1: Open your Instagram app, and navigate to your profile using the button at the far right bottom corner of your profile.
Step 2: Navigate to the comment you want to edit.
Step 3: Tap on the three horizontal dots by the post whose caption you want to edit.
Step 4: Tap on the [Edit] button (it may probably look like a pencil icon in the top right corner of the comment).
Step 5: Once you are done editing the caption to your satisfaction, press the [Done] button to save your creation. The good thing about this edit feature is that you can edit the comments as much as you want.
Is There Any Alternative to Editing a Comment on Instagram?
When you're using the app for something more than just sharing life updates, though, you may find that you need to edit an existing comment from time to time. This might be necessary if you posted the wrong information on your post (say, a typo in the address of your store's next grand opening) or if someone made a mistake of their own in their comment on your post (a wrong date or website link).
Unfortunately, there is no way to directly edit comments you or others have made on your posts.
However, there is still a way to achieve your goal (though it's a little more involved). It requires first deleting the comment you want to change, then adding the edit in its place.
Delete a Comment that You Wrote on the Phone
The Instagram app on mobile does not allow users to edit comments. However, there is a work-around for deleting and reposting comments on Instagram.
Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your mobile device and log in with your account.
Step 2: Navigate to the post that you want to delete and repost a comment on. Scroll to the left on the comment if you're using an iPhone; press and hold the comment if you're having an Android.
Step 3: There will be a trash bin icon colored in blue and red backgrounds below the post. They will either be blue or red based on the type of phone you are using. So select the trash symbol to delete the comment.
Step 4: A red banner will pop up immediately on the top of the screen confirming your delete action. You can, however, undo the deletion by tapping the red banner.
Step 5: To repost a comment on an already deleted one, you'll tap the [Type text bar] at the bottom of the photo that belonged to the already deleted comment and then types in your text and click on the post button.
Delete a Comment that You Wrote on PC
Instagram introduced a comment deletion function on the Instagram app, but recently, it was introduced on the website and not long after, a very helpful repost option.
Here's how to delete a comment on the social media's website using your PC:
Step 1: Launch your computer's browser and go to Instagram.com (it applies to either PC or Mac).
Step 2: Log into your account and navigate to the post with the comment you will like to make changes to.
Step 3: Move your mouse's cursor over the comment and click on the three horizontal dots at the far right side of the comment.
Step 4: You will receive an immediate notification prompt with the following buttons. [ Report], [Cancel], [Delete].
Step 5: Click on the [Delete] button.
Step 6: Below the photo, there will be a space bar stating [Add a comment.]. Click on the space bar and type in your new comment.
Step 7: Click on the[ Post] button to complete your comment amends.
Bonus: Delete Other’s Comments on Your Instagram Post
While you can delete a comment that someone else wrote on one of your posts, you can't do the same for someone else's post. If you need to delete a comment that someone else left on your Instagram post, you can easily do so by following these steps:
Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android.
Step 2: Tap the [Profile] tab at the bottom right corner of the screen.
Step 3:Tap on the [Posts] tab at the top-right of your Profile page to see all of your uploads in one place.
Step 4: Find the post that contains the comment you want to delete, then tap it to open it up.
Step 5: Find and tap the three-dotted icon next to the comment on which you'd like to take action.
Step 6: Choose [Manage Comments] from the menu that appears. There will be an empty circle beside every comment under the post.
Step 7: Mark every comment you will like to have deleted. Then scroll to the bottom-left side of the screen and click on the [Delete] button.
How to Hide Comments on Your Instagram Post
There are times when you may need or want to hide comments without having them deleted completely. If you're running a business account and have customers who complain about products or services in the comments, hiding the comment will keep it out of sight while still allowing the post's visibility.
Here's how to do it:
With this option, you will manually hide any comments that have some specific words.
Step 1: Open the Instagram app and log in to your account.
Step 2: At the bottom of the screen, tap the person icon. This will navigate you back to your profile.
Step 3: Tap on the three dots at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 5: In the menu that appears, scroll to [Settings] > [Privacy] and then to [Comments].
Step 6: Select the [Manual filter] button.
Step 7: Type in the word you want to filter off. You, however, should make sure you type each word separating them with a comma.
You may want to toggle on your automatic filter. With it, Instagram can easily hide any comment that may seem offensive.
To do this, you'll need to:
From step 5 above, in the comments section, you'll need to
Toggle on the [Hide offensive comments] button.
Will Others Get Notified When You Delete Their Comment?
No, others will not be notified when you remove their comments from your posts. However, you can't stop their insights from following up on their comment to see the reaction they got. At this point, the user will definitely notice their comment is no longer visible.
The only time anyone would notice is if another user commented on that post and tagged the original commenter in their response—then the original commenter would get a notification about the follow-up comment and see that their own was missing.
The best way to edit a comment on Instagram is by deleting it and rewriting the whole thing. This method is the only one available on iOS, but it works just as well for Android, too.
In summary, the process of editing a comment on Instagram is as simple as making one. The next time you make a mistake that you want to correct, don't panic—just follow either of the steps above and move on with your life!