How to Add Text to Instagram Reels

What are “Instagram Reels”?

When Instagram first announced “Reels” as a new feature, they were quite proud of them. They described them as “a new way to create and discover short, entertaining videos on Instagram.” They are quite similar to “Stories”. Their main difference is, perhaps, the fact that stories are mainly viewed by your followers, or anyone who visits your profile, but reels can be seen by any user. Today, I’m going to explain how to add text to Instagram reels. Before we start, make sure you read my guide for “What is Instagram Algorithm for Reels”, so you know what you should write on one for better results.


Steps on How to Add Text to Instagram Reels

Open the app – Go to reels – Start recording a new one – Tap on “Aa” or tap on your screen – Type the text you want – Press “Done” – Place the text where you want

Steps on How to change Text Timing on Instagram Reels

Tap on one of the phrases you have typed – Position the timer using its two edges to determine the timing of your text – You can have your narrated if you want by choosing the Text-to-Speech service – Done

Steps on How to Add Text to Instagram Reels

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the guide.

Step 1:

Once you open the app, tap on the “Reels icon” next to your “profile icon”.

Step 2:

Now tap on the icon that looks like a camera at the upper right corner of your screen.

This should start the process of recording.

Step 3:

There are different tools at your disposal on this page. You can add voices, special sound effects, ambient effects, etc. However, what we are looking for is located upper rightmost corner of your screen and looks like a father “A” and a baby “a”. (“Aa”) Also, you can tap on your screen. This will open your keyboard and allows you to type. The text you type will be added to your reel as text.

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Step 4:

Now, it’s time to type something. You can change your text’s color, size, format, and how it is aligned. Once you are done typing and have added everything you wanted, tap on “Done.

There is an important tip here. If you want certain parts of your text to appear and disappear together, type them together. For example:

  • If you type “Hello everyone” in one go and press “Done”, then it will show as “Hello everyone”.
  • However, if you type “Hello” and press “Done”, then type “everyone” and press “Done” again, it will show as “Hello”, and once it disappears, it will show “everyone”.

Step 5:

Now, you can position your text on the reel. Tap and hold on to the text and drag it anywhere you want it to be. In the middle, top, left, right…. Anywhere you want. Please note that, if you plan to have different texts, you can type them all now and add them. I will soon explain how you can set their appearance timing.

Unless you want to add timing as well to your texts, you are done. However, if you want to know how to make certain texts appear at certain times, read the section below.

Steps on How to change Text Timing on Instagram Reels

If I were to make a reel with some texts, I wouldn’t want them to be all on the screen from the very moment the reel starts, blocking everything to the end. Or only lasting one second on screen, making it impossible to read them. If you are like me, follow these simple steps to learn how to time your texts.

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Step 1:

Tap a phrase you have on the bottom of your screen. All of the different sets of texts you type will be added here in the order you typed them. Remember, if you have more than one phrase, you have to time every single one. (that’s if you want to)

Step 2:

As you can see, a timeline has now appeared at the bottom of the screen. You can drag the end or the beginning of the timeline around to determine when the text will appear and for how long it’s going to stay before disappearing.

Step 3:

If you want to make any other changes, now is the time. After that, you’re done. There is one more thing you can do at this stage that might be useful to you. When you tap on the text to edit its duration and the time has shown, you should see a three-dot menu icon. You click on it and select the “Text-to-Speech” service. This way, the text will be narrated during its duration. Or you can simply get rid of it by pressing “Delete”.

Now you should be able to add as many texts as you want to your reels, at any time during the reels, and you can even give special effects and have narrated. If you feel like it, you can take a look at my guide for “What Songs Are Trending on Instagram Reels” to see which songs might go well with your texts and reels.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Question)

Q: I need to make some special changes to my reels before sharing them, and the options on Instagram aren’t enough. What do I do?

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            A: You can save and download your reels before publishing them, so you can make as many changes as you want. To find out how to download reels, read my other guide on “How to Download Instagram Reels”.

Q: I made a reel the other day, but it was glitchy. What should I do?

            A: Before you share your reels, you can save them to your Instagram. This way, you can check them for any glitches or weirdness in text and fix them up if needed.

Q: I’m an iOS user, how do I add texts to Instagram reels?

            A: The process is almost the same, that’s why I didn’t create a separate guide for it. Some icons or their placement may slightly vary, but I assure you, everything is almost the same.

Q: I don’t have access to reels, what do I do?

            A: You probably need to update your Instagram. You can do so from Instagram’s settings or through Play Store.


We all have moments we want to share. Sometimes, we want to share these moments with very few people. Some other times, when we want to share it with more people, we share them on Instagram so other people can see them. Reels are one way to do so, and they are a bit more advanced than stories in the sense that every user on Instagram can see them. Today, I tried to explain in detail what reels are, how you can add texts to them, what you can do with those texts, how to time them so they show at different times, and how to have them narrated. Good luck!

jack Smith

I'm jack. I love to speak about social media and learn how to use this social media easy and fast.

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