How to Use Hashtag Lists in Tailwind for Instagram

How much time do you spend searching for the right hashtags for your Instagram posts and tapping them, one-by-one, into your phone screen? Smart Instagram marketers already save time by copying and pasting lists of their most used hashtags from notes on their phone.

With Tailwind for Instagram you can now save as many hashtag lists as you’d like right in our app and add them to your Instagram posts with one quick click, either from desktop or your phone. What a time saver!

How to Use Hashtag Lists in Tailwind for Instagram


No more looking through phone notes or going into a different app to find your hashtags. Tailwind for Instagram is built to work the way you do for Instagram posting right on your phone.

How to create a hashtag list on your desktop with Tailwind

Adding hashtags to Instagram posts has proven to be effective for growing your Instagram account and gaining more followers.

If you’re not sure how to use hashtags, please check out this resource.

In time trials, Tailwind for Instagram was 60% faster than the scheduling process that many marketers use today, involving emailing images to themselves and downloading them on their phone. For the average Instagram marketer, this will result in 12 hours of time saved each year. Streamlining your hashtag process will shave off more time. And who doesn’t need more time?

After you tag your post with a hashtag, you’ll be able to tap the hashtag to see a page that shows all photos and videos people have uploaded with that hashtag. Is this the right fit for your hashtag strategy? Check in from time to time to make sure you’re targeting the right people with your hashtags.

Tips on hashtags from Instagram:

  • When people with private profiles tag posts, they won’t appear publicly on hashtag pages.
  • Numbers are allowed in hashtags. However, spaces and special characters, like $ or %, won’t work.
  • You can only tag your own posts. You can’t tag other people’s photos/videos.
  • You can use up to 30 tags on a post. If you include more than 30 tags on a single photo/video, your comment won’t post.

An example of a hashtag list for social media or blogging posts:

#bloggingtips #businesstips #creativeliving #creativepreneur #communityovercompetition #girlboss #growyourbusiness #instapreneur #InstagramTips #risingtidesociety #SavvyBusinessOwner #SocialEntrepreneur #SocialMediaMarketingTips #VisualMarketing #SocialMediaTips #artofsocial #socialmedia #tailwindtribe

Use this hashtag list to test adding hashtags to your Tailwind app.

Step one: add hashtag lists to your Tailwind account

Once you’re logged in, create a draft of a post and tap the # button.

Hashtags Lists in Tailwind

Step two: add your hashtag list

Once you’ve created your draft, click the # and then the + to add a new hashtag list. You can add up to thirty hashtags per list which is the limit of hashtags per posts on Instagram.

Add hashtag list to Tailwind for Instagram

Make sure to hit the “save” button on your Hashtag list when you’re happy with it.

Save your hashtag list to Tailwind for Instagram

Step three: Add your post on your schedule

Step four: Get a notification from Tailwind to post

Step five: Post to Instagram adding your hashtag list

How to add hashtag lists to Instagram from Tailwind

Here’s what it looks like from your phone:

This is a view of a scheduled Instagram post on the calendar in your Tailwind for iOS app. I added the image and text for the caption on desktop and now I want to add hashtags in the app.

Hit the green # button to access your hashtag lists.

Hashtag List in Tailwind for Instagram

You’ll see all the hashtag lists that you’ve created populate below your caption. We show your most recent hashtag lists or you can select “all” to see your complete catalog of hashtag lists.

Hashtag List in Tailwind for Instagram

Select your hashtag list and it populates in your caption. Once you’re happy with your caption, hit the “done” button to publish to Instagram.

If you want to put your hashtags in the first comment, cut them from the caption, hit the “done” button, and then paste them into the first comment.

Hashtag List in Tailwind for Instagram

Voila! That’s all it takes to use your hashtag lists in Tailwind. Once you set them up, you’ll be able to use them for all your Instagram posts.

If you’re already a Tailwind for Instagram member (and we hope you are!), you can access your saved hashtag lists on any draft Instagram post in Tailwind – just find the “#” button. From there, click on the “+” button to create a new saved hashtag list, or click on any existing saved hashtag list to append it right to your post’s caption! Try it here!

We hope you’re excited about this new feature in Tailwind for Instagram. Give it a try and let us know if you have any questions.

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About Peg Fitzpatrick

Peg is the Director of Content Strategy and Social Media with Tailwind. An avid Pinner and Instagrammer, Peg co-wrote The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaski.

2 thoughts on “How to Use Hashtag Lists in Tailwind for Instagram

  1. Mel
    March 9, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Brilliant. Bravo!!!! Best move ever, I swear this is the most time consuming repetitive part of Instagram, ensuring you have all the appropriate hashtags for the relevant post. Gives me more reason to recommend my friends trial Tailwind.

    1. March 10, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Yeah! Love to hear that Mel. Thank you for the positive feedback. It’s very helpful as we continue to develop Tailwind.