30 hashtag maximum
Hashtags on Instagram help you get your photos out into the world. You may not like them, but they are definitely necessary if you want your content to reach a wider audience.
Current max is 30 hashtags per photo / video on Instagram (January 2017)
If you try to add any more, your comment will not upload and there will be a red exclamation mark noting an error.
HoW TO ADD UP TO 60 HASHTAGS
Currently, there is a work around that allows you to add more than the maximum of 30 tags. If you do it correctly you can add up to 60 hashtags per photo / video. It involves posting 30 hashtags to your comments section, and another 30 to your original caption.
Follow the instructions below carefully:
- Post your photo / video. Make sure there are zero hashtags in the original caption.
- Immediately copy & paste 30 hashtags into a comment of your photo / video
- Edit your photo's original caption.
- From here, you can add up to 30 additional hashtags to your photo's original caption(bringing your total up to 60).
*Please note: you must follow these steps in their exact order for it to work.
It should look like the photo below:
ADVICE / OPINION
- Too many hashtags can be messy and annoying. If you are going to use the full 60 hashtags make sure you hide the hashtags and space them out properly (like photo above). Read more about how to hide hashtags & format them here.
- Hashtags are only effective if you add them as soon as you post your photo video. Read more about this here.
- Not sure which hashtags are the best for you? Read more about the best hashtags to use here.
Using more than the maximum amount of hashtags is totally up to you. I find that it especially helps me find new likes & followers when my photo hits top posts.