The most common reason for creating a new location on Instagram is that you have just started a new business. If you want to be taken seriously, potential customers should be able to find you easily.
Also, Instagram location is a really cool feature. Other people can also use your location, and you can then repost their photos. That’s why we’re going to show you how to create one.
Before you start
Currently, Instagram does not allow you to create a new location in its app. Wait what? But didn’t we just say you could create a new location for your business? Don’t worry. There is an easy way to create a new location. However, you will need the Facebook app.
Facebook lets you create as many custom locations as you want. Since Facebook and Instagram are connected, once you create a Facebook location, it will also appear on Instagram. The good news is that you don’t even need to connect your Facebook and Instagram. Everything is done automatically.
Creating a new location
If you have your phone ready and you have the Facebook app, we can start. Here’s what you need to do:
- Log in to your Facebook account.
- Tap Record.
- Type the name of your new location.
- Press Add.
That’s it! You now have a new location that you can use on both Facebook and Instagram.
To note: Make sure to enable location on your phone and allow the Facebook app to access it. If you don’t, Facebook won’t be able to recognize your location.
Use it on your Instagram profile
Your location is ready! All you have to do now is go to Instagram and let everyone know. You can use your location on your posts and stories. We suggest using it for both. In fact, research shows that users more often click on a location they see in someone’s stories because they want to know more.
Therefore, don’t forget to add a location to your stories! Here’s how:
- Take a photo or add an existing image to your story.
- Tap the small square at the top of the story (next to the emoticon and doodle).
- You will see many additional options.
- Select the location.
- Type the name of your location.
- Press Save.
- Publish your story.
When it comes to adding the location to your posts, it’s even easier. All you have to do is tap Add location and enter the name. Did you know that you can also add the location to your old messages? Maybe you have a lot of photos of a particular place, but you didn’t know about the location feature at the time. You can fix that now. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open the post you want to add the location to.
- Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.
- Tap Edit.
- Tap Add location.
- Type the name of your location.
- Tap Done.
So! We hope your new location brings you more popularity, more customers, or whatever you’re looking for!
I can’t find my location on Instagram
Although you should be able to see your location on Instagram as soon as you created it on Facebook, sometimes that’s not the case. It usually means that something is wrong with Instagram and it takes longer to process the new information.
However, there is one thing you can do. Some people think you may need to enable location first. It’s very easy. All you have to do is post something to Facebook using your new location. This way the app will see that it is a real location and you should be able to use it on Instagram as well.
Another reason why you can’t see your location on Instagram may be because the app considers it too low. But what does that mean? If you forgot to choose a category for your location, the algorithm may think you just created a random place that might not even exist.
Make sure you always add a correct category, especially if you have a business. This doesn’t need to be very specific, but things like “retail”, “hospitality”, etc. should do the work for you. We only suggest that you avoid the “Just for fun” category. As the name suggests, evenInstagram doesn’t take it too seriously.
Potential name issue
You can type the name of your new location into the Facebook search bar, just to find out if a location with the same name already exists. This can be very frustrating because Facebook won’t allow you to register the same name twice.
However, all you have to do is change the name slightly and save it. This can seem like a challenge, especially if you have a business, because that’s just the name. But no, you don’t have to change the company name. You can add a small modifier.
For example, let’s say you live in San Francisco and have a flower shop called My Garden. Chances are, someone in the world has a flower shop with the same name. There are two things you can do. First, you can add your city name, or maybe your neighborhood name. In this case, your name may be “My Garden San Francisco”.
Another trick is to add the word “Official”. It’s such a powerful word, and it makes you more reliable. Which of the following proposals do you think is the best: My Garden or My Garden Official? See, that’s what we’re talking about.
The only thing we need to add is that you have to be very careful if you create a location that is actually your home. No matter what you call it, “My Happy Place” or “Home, Sweet Home”, know that all your subscribers will be able to see your home address. For obvious reasons, you might not want this.
Have you created locations yet? Did you have any problems? Let us know in the comments section below.