You might have come across one of those posts on Instagram where the image is breathtaking but the caption is an eyesore. It’s a huge block of text with no line breaks, which is difficult to read and process.
Most people are on Instagram so they can consume content that’s entertaining and/or aesthetically pleasing. They’re not there to read a story. So coming across a lengthy, unformatted caption can irk them. The same goes for unformatted bios that are just plain messy.
But for some brands and influencers, there are times you need to write a lengthy message for your caption.
For instance, maybe you need to create a post to promote a contest or giveaway. And you need to make sure that you include all of the details about how to enter and some important disclaimers in the caption. So you obviously need a lengthy caption for this.
As for your Instagram bio, you need to make sure that you list all your important achievements when describing yourself.
You may have a lot of information to share through your captions and bios. But that means you’ll risk making it too difficult to read without proper formatting. In which case, you’ll end up losing the interest of people you’re trying to impress or engage.
That’s why I decided to write this blog post to guide you on how to add spaces in your Instagram captions and bios. In this post, you’ll gain a better understanding of all of the steps you need to take to properly format your captions and bios to attract and engage your audience.
Best Practices to Follow
Before I discuss the steps you can follow to add spaces in your Instagram captions and bios, there are a few best practices that you need to remember. Following these best practices will help you minimize frustration while trying to properly format your captions and bios:
#1: Avoid Writing Directly on the Instagram App
You might be reading this blog post right now because you’ve tried formatting your captions and bios right on the Instagram app and it didn’t work.
If you try to add paragraph and line spacing within the app, it will automatically publish your post with zero-spaced formatting. And this is a major cause of frustration for anyone who knows that good formatting works but hasn’t been able to successfully format their Instagram captions and bios.
So instead of directly writing your caption within the app, try writing it in your phone’s Notes app first. You can then copy and paste this finished copy into the app when you’re publishing a new post. You can even use your email app to create a draft of your caption copy.
The main rule is that you should avoid writing directly on the Instagram app because you cannot format it correctly that way.
#2: Take Out Extra Spaces
If your invisible line break is going to work, you need to take out the extra space between the last word or punctuation and an invisible space.
For example, if you’re finishing a sentence with a full stop, avoid hitting the space button like you would normally do. Instead, hit the “Enter” or “Return” button right after and then add the invisible space.
Options for Adding Spaces in Instagram Captions and Bios
There are several ways to add spaces in your Instagram captions and bios. You can choose from the following options, depending on what’s preferable and convenient for you.
Option 1: Adding Line Breaks Using Symbols
The easiest way to add spaces in your Instagram captions and bios is by using symbols. It’s also the fastest option and you can still type directly into the Instagram app. You can use characters like a dash or a period, as well as emojis wherever you need a line break. And this extra character will act as the space between paragraphs.
The main problem with this option is that the symbol will be visible, which might not make it viable for some people. In the screenshot below, you can see a line break added using a period as a symbol.
Image Source: Instagram
Here’s how you can add spaces using this option:
- Type your caption into the caption area on Instagram.
- When you need a line break, tap on the “Enter” or “Return” button on your keypad.
- Add the symbol in the next line. You could add a period to make it as minimally visible as possible.
- Tap on “Enter” or “Return” again and start typing the next paragraph.
- If you want more spaces between two paragraphs, you can keep repeating steps 1 and 2 as needed.
Option 2: Adding Invisible Line Breaks With Your Phone’s Notes App
If you want to add invisible line breaks, there’s a way to do it using the Notes app on your phone. If you use any scheduling app, you can also use that to create your draft instead of the Notes app.
Here are the steps you need to follow to add invisible line breaks using this option:
Type your caption in the app.
- When you need to add a line break, paste these invisible spaces in the next line. The spaces are inside the brackets.
- Paste it multiple times if you want to add more than one line break.
- Remove the brackets.
- Copy the whole draft and then paste it into the Instagram caption space, if you’re using a Notes app.
If you’re using a scheduling app to type your draft, you can just send it to Instagram as usual. You will see the line breaks automatically copied along with the rest of the copy. Just post it as is and Instagram will publish your caption with the necessary spaced formatting.
In the screenshot below, you can see invisible line breaks between the first three paragraphs. They make the whole caption look neat and aesthetically pleasing.
Image Source: Instagram
Option 3: Using Apps4Life Caption Maker
You can also use the Caption Maker tool from Apps4Life to add spaces in your Instagram captions and bios from your desktop or laptop. The best part is that you don’t have to avoid using characters like dots and hyphens, which can look messy in your caption copy.
Here are the steps you need to follow to use this tool:
- Follow the hyperlink to the website given above.
- Start typing your caption copy in the box as you would want it to appear on Instagram.
- Like typing in Notepad or MS Word, you just need to hit the “Enter” button two times if you want to get a line break.
- Once you’re done, hit the “Convert” button just below the box. This action will also automatically copy whatever you’ve typed to your clipboard.
- Open Instagram and paste this copy into the caption space, and you’re done.
These are some of the options and steps that you can try to improve how you format your Instagram captions and bios. As you can see, there are three main options you can choose from, depending on what’s most convenient for you.
Did you find this guide helpful? Have you tried any of the techniques mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below.
Shane Barker is a digital marketing consultant who specializes in sales funnels, targeted traffic, and website conversions. He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, influencers with digital products, and a number of A-List celebrities.