Since the update to Instagram in 2016 you cannot add custom locations directly in the Instagram app. Follow these steps (on a mobile device) to create a custom location on Facebook and use it on Instagram.
1. Make sure Facebook location services is turned on.
The first step is to make sure your location services within the Facebook Mobile App is turned on. If your location services are turned off you will not be able to create a new custom location. Most people will have this turned on by default but there is a handful who are leerier of Facebook knowing their location and they may have turned this off for privacy reasons.
2. Create a Facebook check-in status update.
The next step is to sign into your Facebook app and begin creating a check-in status update. To do this click on the location icon which should then show a selection menu of nearby locations.
3. Type your custom location title in the search box.
Tap the search box and type in the custom location as you’d like it to appear on Instagram.
Note: The first letter of your custom location must be capitalized and you can’t use symbols like # and @ or emojis.
4. Tap “Add…” to create your custom location.
Make sure you’ve spelled everything correctly and tap on the “Add ‘[your custom location name]’…” button.
On the next screen, you’ll need to Choose a Category.
The next screen Facebook will ask you to Choose a Location. The easiest thing to do is to tap the “I’m here right now” button but if you’d rather not have your current location tied to your custom location you can search for another location and choose that instead.
After you’ve chosen a location you can click on the “Create” button in the upper right-hand corner (iOS) which will add your new custom location to the Facebook database.
Post your check-in status update to Facebook.
5. Open the Instagram app and create a new post. To test that your custom location was created properly, open your Instagram app and create a new post as you normally would.
6. Search for a custom location.
Just before you publish your post click on the “Add Location” button and search for your recently created custom location on Instagram. You should see your new custom location on Instagram appear in the search results.
Shoutout to Ben Requena, the visual content guy for putting this together!
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