v1.5, requires Apple Shortcuts on iOS 12
Compose Perfect Instagram Captions with Managed Hashtags
Relevant hashtags are just about the only way to get more people to see your Instagram posts. Instagram allows a maximum of 30 tags per post, and will silently fail if you exceed that limit. If you use the same pasted mess of generic tags on every post, Instagram’s algorithms might identify your posts as spam, and reduce their visibility.
As useful as they are, hashtags are ugly, and clutter up the caption. Instagram allows carriage returns in posts, but frustratingly won’t let you type them.
And while you’re thumb-typing all those hashtags, your eggs Benedict is getting cold.
Instagram Composer solves all of these totally real, not at all made up problems. It’s an Apple Shortcut for composing Instagram captions, with robust tools for managing hashtags.
Instagram Composer allows you to compose an artful caption with carriage returns and even empty lines. It adds a customizable divider between the caption text and the hashtags. The hashtags are sorted alphabetically, and never contain duplicates.
You add tags from Tag Sets, of which you can keep as many as you like. As you enter tags manually, you can also save them to Tags Sets. Tag sets make it easy to bulk-apply tags that are, gasp, actually relevant to your “content.”
You can also import tags from a copied Instagram post link, which adds them to your post and optionally also to the Tag Sets of your choice. Go find a top post about your subject, copy the link, and capture all their glorious tags for your post. This will show Gwen who’s “living their best life.” Stupid Gwen. We get it, Barcelona is amazing.
Instagram Composer keeps count of your tags and warns you when you exceed the limit of 30. When you’re ready to post your perfectly-crafted caption, one tap copies it to the clipboard and opens Instagram for you to paste it in.
All changes are saved to iCloud Drive, so you can pick up where you left off.
Your work syncs among all your iOS devices.
Load and Save posts
Archive older saved posts
Capture tags from any public Instagram post
Choose which Tag Sets appear in the main menu. Move the ones you use less frequently to a “More” menu.
Integrated help that you can turn on and off at any time
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Instagram Composer will ask to install a helper shortcut called F: Sort and De-dupe. It will also ask for access to your contacts, if you haven’t already granted this access to the Shortcuts app. Instagram Composer doesn’t do anything with you contacts, but it uses a cool hack that makes pretty menus that involves Contact-related actions, so Shortcuts thinks it might be trying to save a new contact.
To update from 1.0 to 1.5, delete Instagram Composer and install the new one using the links here. There’s no need to re-install F: Sort and De-dupe.
1.5 Major update with many new features:
You can now move multiple Tag Sets at once.
Saved posts are now sorted by date.
Improved recognition of Instagram URLs in the clipboard.
Tags you manually add to the caption are now counted toward your total. If you have three tags in the caption and 10 managed hashtags, your tag count will look like this: (3 + 10)
Support for empty lines in captions. You can even use an empty line as a divider.