Instagram Hashtag Hack

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Today's post is all about my favorite Instagram Hashtag Hack!

If you're using Instagram you must be using hashtags. Hashtags categorize your photo so people searching for that word can find you! If your profile is set to private, only your friends will be able to find you using the hashtag. If you're trying to grow your brand/business your profile needs to be public. That way hashtags will increase your visibility and help you grow.

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How To Use Hashtags Effectively

You should not post the same hashtag for every single photo. Use specific one's that relate to your photo and will attract a targeted audience. You want to switch up your hashtags so you reach a broader audience.

There are rumors that Instagram will also “shadowban” you for using the same hashtags over and over. Furthermore, hashtags are limitless, so don't pigeonhole yourself using the same 30 hashtags over and over again! I also typically suggest people use hashtags with less than 250k posts. It simply increases the odds your photo will stay visible longer in the tags feed.

The best approach is to keep track of hashtags and organize them based on niche or genre. You'll want your list easily accessible for copying and pasting. Better yet… create a special hack in your keyboard for them!

Keyboard Hack:

THAT'S RIGHT: You can post 30 hashtags with a simple 2-3 character prompt!

How?!? Let me show you:


Using the “Text replacement” feature under your keyboards section allows you to create a shortcut for your hashtags. In the above example my hashtags all relate to traveling. When I type #TR into instagram I am prompted to paste all of 30 tags with just three letters!

How To Use This Hashtag Hack For Maximum Time Saving

Spend a few hours one day researching your hashtags. Create 3-5 lists of “general” tags you want to appear under, and some specialized ones for your feed. For example, I post travel and food photos so I would create 2-3 lists of travel tags and food tags. I would then set up text replacements as #TR1 and #TR2 or #Fd1 and #Fd2, and so on. This way you can get your speciality tags in just as easily as your day to day ones. I would recommend visiting your tags every few months to make sure none of them are “banned” or that they haven't grown above 250k posts.

Side note:

You can use this trick for all sorts of stuff actually. One time I used “text replacement” on my fiance's phone so every time he typed “yes” to someone it said “no” and some other funny ones that probably aren't appropriate for all ages ?  haha.

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116 thoughts on “Instagram Hashtag Hack”

  1. OK, this is AWESOME. I haven’t exactly mastered IG hashtags yet but this is a great way to get started. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is the most amazing find ever. Thank you for sharing it with me. I’m going to add the short cut to my phone now!

  3. Oksana Radionova

    I had discovered this little trick a while back, but completely forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. This is an awesome hack. I save my hashtags so I can just copy and paste, but this is even better. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Thanks Allison! That’s how I used to do it (typed them up n the notes section of my mac so they easily transferred for copy and paste to my phone) – but this was a gamer changer.

  5. what a great idea! I keep a lot saved in notes but trying to keep them diverse is exhausting!

    1. So true! I started grouping them using this trick and it’s helped a lot! Occasionally I’ll start switching out one or two if I am showing up a lot for a specific one.

  6. Tiffani Grosser

    Well this is genius! How have I never thought of this before. I’m constantly copying and pasting, when I could have just been using the text replace! Such a great tip!

  7. This is amazing, and thanks so much for sharing this awesome trick! Also, I think the no thing is hilarious, and may have to try that on my husband-haha.

  8. This is such a good hack! I’ve been using Evernote to create categories of hashtags that I can easily copy and paste but this is just genius.

  9. This was AMAZING information. With all the strategies to create a solid Instagram, it can be hard to do everything in the most effective way. I completely agree on not using the same exact hashtags every time but switching it up based on the content. Loved this!

  10. Omg this is such a great hack! I’m definitely going to have to put in those shortcuts!

  11. I’m so glad you reposted this artical since I must have missed it the first time around. You don’t know how much easier you just made my life

  12. OMG, this is literally blowing my mind right now! Can’t wait to try this out, thanks so much for sharing, Rachel!

  13. Omg, this is literally life-changing. You mean I DON’T have to search through my Notes every morning?!? Thank you for sharing your secret!!

  14. This is such a great idea! I usually just copy and paste mine from my notes but it’s totally unorganized and I end up spending way too much time fixing them. I also didn’t think about the under 250K aspect!

  15. Carissa Eva Stephanie Vikis

    Need to set this up ASAP! It’s such a time saver, especially when you’re on the run. Thanks for sharing this hack, I love reading up on social media hacks as they are so helpful, especially when you’re starting out. Thank you

  16. Woah! This is the most genius piece of information I’ve learned for Instagram. Love love love it. Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Ashley Stephenson

    This is so smart! I was just copying and pasting from my notes but this is so much easier!!

  18. This is such a time saver! I used to do this and stopped but this was a good reminder to add some new sets!

  19. This is amazing, the best hashtag tip I have come across, having them saved on my phone will save me time! Thank you.

  20. This is my FAV trick! I’ve saved so, so much time since I did this – and since I started using it, I’ve organized them: travel 1, travel 2, beauty 1, style 1, etc! Genius!

  21. OH MY GOSH. I LOVE the keyboard trick idea. I never even thought of that. I will definitely be using that to save so much time on my Instagram posts. Do you have any advice on how often to post Instagram pictures? I feel like to stay relevant you almost have to post 2-3 times a day.

  22. Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    WOW! That text replacement thing is a game changer! These are also other great tips that I find work well for me on instagram as well!

  23. This is such a great hack! I usually utilize my notes section, but this is something to definitely try!

  24. Great tip! I actually have an app to organize your instagram content called Plann, and it lets you organize and save hashtags and then just copy/paste them. But this would be great if I didn’t already have that!

  25. This is such a great hack! I know of this feature on the iPhone, but I’ve never thought of using it for Instagram hashtags. I’ve just been using my notes to store all my hashtags, copying and pasting them on every new photo. Gosh, this hack will save me so much time now! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Excellent tip! I never considered using that function to load hashtags. I have a couple sets this would really help on. Thanks for sharing!

  27. This is my favorite social media trick :). It takes seconds. I thought it wouldn’t be that different from copy-pasting from the note app, but it really is!

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