How to post YouTube videos to Instagram: step-by-step guide

Instagram have made sharing videos from YouTube pretty difficult. Almost impossible, even. But there is a way, if you’re willing to jump through a few hoops. We’ll show you how to do this on your mobile device, but a similar method should be just as easy on your computer.

1. Download the video from YouTube

To do this on your iPhone, go to the App Store and download an app like Video Get. We found it by searching for “YouTube video downloader”, but almost any app that says it can download videos from YouTube will do. You can find a similar YouTube downloader app if you’re on an Android phone, too.

Depending on which app you end up with to download YouTube videos, they should walk you through the exact process of downloading a video from YouTube. Here’s how it works for Video Get.

1. Open up the app and click on File

2. Select Download browser

3. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the browser box. Type in https://youtube.com, then use YouTube’s search or the video URL to find the video you want to download.

4. When you click on the video file you want to download, Video Get will create a pop-up. Click Download and you’re all set.

2. Get your YouTube video ready for an Instagram post

Instagram has a few video requirements: mainly, no uploading explicit stuff and you can only post videos to Instagram if they’re between 3 and 60 seconds long. If the YouTube video you want to share is longer, it’s time to do some editing.

If you’re using Video Get you can use their internal video editor to make some adjustments. Or you can use an editing app like FilmoraGo or Instasize.

Next, you need to move your video out of your downloading app and to your Camera Roll. To do that in Video Get, start playing the video, then click on the share icon in the bottom menu.

Next, click on Save to camera roll. If you’re prompted, the best video format for Instagram is MP4.

2. Give the video its Instagram-worthy makeover. Add a filter, trim it, or add a custom cover. Make sure you take the video quality into consideration (you don’t want to be uploading low-quality content!)

3. Log into the Instagram app. Add a caption, hashtags, and location tagging if it’s relevant, then hit that Share button.

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If the video you downloaded isn’t yours, and comes from someone else’s YouTube channel, make sure to attribute it to them and source the original.

Even if you’re just using parts of an original video, attribute where necessary. If you’re not sure, check the laws in your area — it’s always better to be on the right side of copyright law.

Ta-da! You have now done what many think is impossible and shared a YouTube video on Instagram.

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