How to Add Captions to Pictures in an iPhone

By Scott Shpak

A simple guide to adding text to photographs taken on an iPhone, using third-party apps to add captions to cell phone pictures.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone
  • Photo editing apps

Take your selfies one step beyond with the range of photo-editing apps available for iPhones. Along with filters and image editors, some apps specialize in text functions, including the use of captions. To create a caption in one of these apps, select a picture from your Camera Roll and edit the caption or text to overlay right on your phone. Online app discovery engine AppCrawler lists over 300 apps suitable for captioning photos on your iPhone — here are three to get you started.

Text On Pictures

With Text on Pictures, an app optimized for iPhone 5 and 6, you can quickly add text, stickers and emojis to photos taken on your iPhone. The basic app is free, but the app offers additional fonts and add-ons as in-app purchases. The app permits one-touch sharing to email and multiple social media sites.

Step 1

Download Text On Pictures from the iTunes App Store and install it on your iPhone.

Step 2

Photo during edit

Open Text On Pictures and load a photo from your camera roll. Use the Text button to add a caption.

Step 3

Captioned Photo

Type in the caption text and tap Done. Add effects, stickers or emojis as desired. Last, tap the arrow button in the upper-right corner. The captioned photo is saved to your camera roll.

Photo Captions Free

In addition to creating captions, the Photo Captions Free app generates cards, collages and frames and adds text and stickers. As with many captioning apps, the basic program is free with purchases available to expand fonts, themes and functions. Photo Captions Free includes seasonal packs and it runa on any iPhone with iOS 4.3 or above.

Step 1

Photo Captions Free in the iTunes App Store

Download Photo Captions Free from the iTunes App Store and install it on your iPhone.

Step 2

Photo during edit

Open Photo Captions Free and load a photo from your camera roll. Select the Captions button to add text.

Step 3

Photo with caption

  1. Tap the T icon and select your text box orientation: portrait or landscape.
  2. Enter your caption, adjust text size and font. Tap Done.
  3. Tap and drag to adjust the location of your text
  4. Add frames, effects or stickers as desired.
  5. Tap Save in the lower right corner. The captioned photo is saved to your camera roll.

After Photo

The After Photo app includes tools to incorporate text into your photos as regular captions and also with a back layered caption effect. This free app offers a font upgrade and a pro package for purchase. After Photo requires a minimum of iOS 7.

Step 1

After Photo in the iTunes App Store

Download After Photo from the iTunes App Store and install it on your iPhone.

Step 2

Photo during edit

Tap the yellow arrow on the right to load a photo from your camera roll and double-tap the default text to enter a caption. Press Done when the text is entered.

Step 3

Photo with caption

Use the left arrow to edit the text. Use the right arrow to save, share and add other effects and features.

Tip

  • Each app works a little differently, but all follow the same general procedure.
  • Most apps require iOS 6 or higher.