How to Add Animated Text to Instagram Videos

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One great way to get people to watch (and rewatch) your Instagram stories is to use create intrigue. If a viewer taps your story and sees a feature they’ve never seen before, a little lightbulb goes off in their head telling them to keep coming back for more. It also designates you as a savvy Instagram user who stays ahead of trends and makes you stand out amongst the sea of stories so people come back again and again. I remember the first time I saw animated text on a video in an Instagram story – I watched it several times then spent probably an hour scouring my app, trying to find this cool feature. Today, I’m going to break down, step-by-step, how to add animated text to your photos and videos on Instagram.  


Adding text to video for Instagram can be a really great way to make your stories and posts really stand out from the crowd. There's a super duper easy way to do it that I want to share with you today. Let's get started.


How to Add Animated Text to Instagram Videos:


1. The first thing that you're going to do is hop into the app store and download an app called a Legend (bonus: it's totally free). 

2. Open the Legend app (it's going to look like an L in a little black square). Once you're in here, you can start typing in the text you’d like overlaid.

3. Once you type your text, you can navigate to the bottom of the screen where you'll see a little button that looks like an icon of an image.

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4. When you click that, it's going to take you to your camera roll.  Here, you can access any photos or videos that you would like to overlay animated text on. Once you've selected your photo or video, you're going to be taken right back to this screen, just like when you put in your text. Simply hit next.

5. Now, my friend, comes the fun part. Here we get to actually check out a gallery of all the different kinds of animated texts that we can use. You'll see along the bottom there is a one, a two and a three that you just tap on to change screens. Each one has six different options for how your text can animate. A really great part about it is that it actually subs and the text that you typed in so you can see exactly what it's going to look like when it animates.

6. Take a little stroll through all of these different animations and choose whichever one you think is gonna work best for you. Once you make your selection, you'll be able to see all the different ways that this text can animate. The little gallery of T's along the bottom of the image or video is just going to give you a preview of the overlay that it's putting on your video or photo and then the color of text. You can see all the different examples as you sort of scroll through here and, really, this is just like a fun place to play.

7. Once you select the one that you like, it is going to load the whole video up. You can, then, save it out to your camera roll. You also have the option to go straight to Instagram, but I personally like to save them to my phone so that I have them in my camera roll and can access back on them later. When you head to your camera roll, you'll see your video right there waiting for you.

The Bottom Line:

This is a great, easy way to spice it up! Create intrigue and give people something they’re not used to seeing on Instagram. This is going to be what keeps them coming back over and over to love up on your content.

Oh and one more thing! I want to see how you put this lesson in-action. When you post to Instagram, be sure to tag me @sweatywisdom so I can cheer you on.

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Chris Emmer

Graphic Designer / Branding and Social Media Strategist / Yoga + Meditation Guide / Your New BFF.

West Michigan based, small business + wellness obsessed.