Hashtags are a great way to increase the visibility of your Instagram posts. They increase your chances of getting more likes, followers, and engagement.

The question is, what are Instagram’s rules for hashtags?

This article is your 2019 guide for how to use hashtags on Instagram, including the Instagram hashtag limit, and how to hide hashtags on Instagram. 

Let’s get started!

How many hashtags does Instagram allow?

 

Answer: 30

 

The Instagram hashtag limit is 30 hashtags per post. If you use more than 30, your post will not be visible to others. 

That being said, many users never hit the Instagram hashtag limit. Adding a ton of them to your posts can be helpful for discovery and likes, but only if they are relevant to your account. 

This is especially important if you are using hashtags to grow your Instagram account. Supplement the right hashtags with powerful growth captions, and you’re guaranteed to improve the success of your posts.

For additional information on how to choose the right hashtags for your posts, check out this article

Pro Tip: You can also change or update the hashtags of your past posts. This can be useful for testing out which hashtags work best for your account. Just remember, the Instagram hashtag limit is 30 per post. 

How to hide hashtags on Instagram

A lot of users choose to hide their hashtags on Instagram posts. To understand why, let’s look at the top reasons hiding hashtags on Instagram is popular:

  1. Makes Instagram captions look less cluttered.
  2. Puts more focus on what you want to say vs. your hashtags
  3. Keeps your followers from easily seeing which hashtags you use.

So, how do you do it?

How to hide hashtags in Instagram captions

This is a great tactic for making your captions appear less cluttered. You can do this by creating line breaks between your Instagram caption and your hashtags.

Sometimes this can work with a single line break, but the tried and true method is as follows:

After you finish writing your Instagram caption, create three line breaks, putting one period on each line. It will look like this:

How to hide hashtags on Instagram caption

The “three dots” technique

This forces the hashtags to collapse in the Instagram feed.

Keep in mind, your hashtags will not be completely hidden, but users will have to click “more” to see them.

Can you add hashtags to Instagram after posting?

Of course! In fact, you can even swap out your original hashtags for new ones. Just remember to never exceed 30 hashtags max!

This is a great tactic for many reasons. For example, let’s say you didn’t post your photo at the right time for engagement. It’s been hours and you’ve barely gotten any likes. Try and swap out your hashtags for new ones to get more engagement! 

For a list of the best 2019 hashtags to use for growth (per industry), check out this article!

Hiding hashtags in comments

You can also achieve a clean look by putting your hashtags in a comment. A lot of users do this as a hack for posting over the 30 hashtag limit. As far as we can tell based on the company’s statements, Instagram’s 30 hashtag limit only applies to IG captions.

You can hide your hashtags in a comment by using the same tactic as before (the three-period technique). Start the comment with five dots, each on its own line break, and then add all your hashtags at the bottom. This forces Instagram to collapse the comment.

Remember you can also delete, replace, and change the hashtags in your posts a few minutes later after they have done their job.

Don’t exceed the 30 hashtags limit! if you want to add more you’ll have to replace them.

Final Thoughts

Hashtags are an Instagram user’s best friend. The key is knowing how to use them. If this article was helpful, leave us a comment below!

If you’re new to the hashtag game, this article is your guide to the best hashtags to use in 2019. 

For more ideas on what to post in 2019, check out our downloadable January 2019 #hashtag holiday calendar here!

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