How to cite an Instagram post in APA

APA Instagram post citation

To cite an Instagram post in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author of the Instagram post: Give the last name and initials of the author (e.g. Norris, A.) or the full artistic name (e.g. Lady Gaga).
  2. Instagram screen name: Provide the Instagram screen name in square brackets (e.g. [@ladygaga] or ‏[@webcomic_name]).
  3. Date of posting: Give the year, month and day in brackets followed by a full stop, e.g. (2019, June 13).
  4. Content of the caption: Do not italicize. If the Caption does not contain words, give a short description in square brackets.
  5. Format: E.g. Photograph, Video.
  6. URL: Give the full URL of the web page including the protocol (http:// or https://).

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an Instagram post in APA style 6th edition:

Author of the Instagram post. [Instagram screen name] (Date of posting). Content of the caption [Format]. Retrieved from URL

APA reference list examples

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for an Instagram post citation in action:


The Instagram post of a celebrity

Lady Gaga [@ladygaga]. (2019, July 16). To the launch of #HAUSLABORATORIES. Cheers to a wonderful day 1 🥂 [Photograph]. Retrieved from

The Instagram post of an illustrator

Norris, A. [@webcomic_name]. (2019, June 26). .....#webcomicname [Photograph]. Retrieved from
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This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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