How do I cite Instagram in APA Style?


APA recommends citing Instagram photographs and videos in the following format: 


Last Name, First Initial. [@username]. (Year, Month Date). Content of the post up to the first 20 words. [Description of audiovisuals]. Instagram. URL.


Library of Congress. [@librarycongress]. (2023, January 4). One of the most beloved and free-to-use photos in the Library’s collection is of Brunnhilde, for obvious reasons. [Photographs]. Instagram.

If citing an Instagram story, APA recommends citing it as a personal communication since it is not archived by Instagram.


If you need further help, contact a librarian.


  • Last Updated Mar 16, 2023
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  • Answered By Elizabeth Clarke

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