Can You Edit An Instagram Gallery? It's Picture Perfect Or Bust For Users
Feeling constrained by only getting to share one single image at a time on Instagram? Your Instagrammed life is about to get a whole lot more colorful and exciting, as Instagram rolled out its new galleries feature on Wednesday. Users can now add up to 10 photos and videos in a single gallery — which is just Instagram's fancy name for "album" — a feature that has been long awaited by users of the photo sharing platform. Creating your first gallery is pretty simple, but can you edit an Instagram gallery if you want to get it just right? Technically yes, you can — but the catch is that you can't do as much editing as you might think.
Creating an Instagram gallery is a breeze: Click on your "Add" button (the plus sign in the square in the middle of your icon bar when you open up Instagram). Select "Library" and then click on the "Select Multiple" icon in the bottom right corner of your photo preview screen. You'll see check bubbles appear in the corner of each photo thumbnail, allowing you to select up to 10 photos, videos, or a combination of both. Crop, choose the best Instagram filters, caption your gallery, et voilà: You have your first Instagram gallery! Eezy peezy lemon squeezy.
But what if you left out a photo you meant to include? Sorry 'grammers: You're stuck with what you've got — but you can make two very, very small tweaks post-publish, so not all is lost if you've got Share button regret.
You can't edit an Instagram photo or video once published, at least in regards to editing the image or video itself. The most you can edit of any Instagram post once it's been published is the caption and the location, if you have location tagging enabled. You can't go back and change your filter or swap out the content. The same applies for Instagram galleries: You can edit your Instagram gallery caption and location, but that's it. You won't be able to go back and edit the order of the images or videos in your gallery, add additional images if you're under the 10 image/video limit, or switch up any filters you may have applied.
For the casual Instagram user, not being able to edit your Instagram gallery is really NBD, but what about for the hardcore Instagrammer? Unlike taking multiple selfies to capture your perfect look, you've only got really one shot to get your Instagram gallery right. If you've made a spelling error in your caption or forgot a hashtag, redemption is yours — but if you accidentally goofed the order of steps in your Instagram gallery recipe, you're out of luck. You'll have to scrap the whole post and do it over.
The storytelling possibilities for the new Instagram galleries feature are pretty exciting: Get ready for more longer gif recipe compilations, your favorite fashion Instagrammers sharing look books all at once, and even more inspirational Instagram quotes interspersed with equally motivational imagery. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to make an Instagram gallery of my own.