Tip: Hiding Hashtags in Instagram Stories

hiding hashtags in instagram stories

Hello and welcome to the first of an ongoing series of Instagram (and other marketing/communications) tips. Today’s tip is on Hiding Hashtags in your Instagram Stories.

Why would you want to do that I hear you ask? Well, because hashtags can look pretty ugly sitting on your fabulous content, and when you use relevant #hashtags (you can use up to 10 in Stories), your content will be available to a larger, more engaged audience = #winning !

Hiding Hashtags using a GIF or LOCATION sticker

1 – open Instagram on your smartphone or tablet, tap your profile pic to add a story, then tap the + symbol.

2 – select an image from your camera roll that you want to add to Stories.

3 – Tap Aa and start typing your # (remember you can use up to 10). Tap done.

4 – resize and move the #hashtags to the best location on your content.

5 – tap the square smiley face and tap GIF or LOCATION, choose your GIF/LOCATION. Move and resize it to cover your #.

Hiding Hashtags in Instagram Stories – using a GIF.

6 – Tap Send To, then Share.

Hiding Hashtags in your Instagram Stories


Do you need to dive a little deeper into your Instagram Stories? I’m running more small group workshops soon – make sure you follow Chookapeck on Facebook or Instagram to get more details.

Alternatively, you could book in for a One-on-one Instagram Coaching session where you get 90 mins of tailored training in areas of your choice. Checkout upcoming Workshops here or read about One-on-one Instagram Coaching here.

If you’d like to save time, stay on track and improve your Insta, then grab your copy of this comprehensive checklist and use it to keep track of your Instagram branding, content, analytics and more.

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You might like to read these Chookapeck blog posts about using hashtags on Instagram:

100+ Weekend Hashtags for Instagram

Instagram Hashtag Tips & Tricks

Instagram Audit Checklist


Tip: How to calculate your Instagram engagement rate
One-on-one Instagram Coaching

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