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How to Post a YouTube Video to Instagram

By Luna Davies | Last updated: Jan 30, 2019

Instagram videos create two times more engagement on average than Instagram photos do.

If you hope to get more followers on Instagram, you should not take Instagram video lightly.

Instagram videos also have a higher rate of shares on Twitter and other platforms.

We all know creating good videos catering to everyone is not an easy thing.

But sharing interesting videos is much easier to do.

So, for you guys who want to amuse your followers, it’s a good idea to post popular YouTube video on Instagram.

You might have tried to share YouTube videos on Instagram directly, and you should have known there is no option for you to do this on YouTube.

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Here I introduce the easiest way to post YouTube Videos to Instagram.

Basically, you can paste a YouTube Video URL in caption.

Viewers can copy the link in browser to watch the video, but they can’t tap on the link to go to YouTube directly.

So, I uploaded a screenshot of the video and added the video URL in caption. You can see what it shows on Instagram as follow:

 video screenshot

Can we really post a YouTube video on Instagram instead of this way?

Of course! Now follow my steps:

Step 1: Download YouTube Video to your phone or computer

We can use Free YouTube Downloader to download YouTube video for free.


It is an online downloader works perfectly on Android phone, iPhone and desktop.

First, paste a YouTube video URL in search bar and tap on the search button

 Search video URL

Second, Click “MP4” and the download will start automatically.

Mp4 is best format for uploading on Instagram so you don’t need to convert this video.

If you want to download lower quality video or video without audio, you can tap on “more” to choose the one meeting your requirement.

 More video formats

Finally, you’ve got the video in the gallery.

If you want learn more about downloading YouTube on other devices, further read: How to Download YouTube Videos without Any Software

Step 2: Trim the video and upload on Instagram

The longest length of video we can upload on Instagram is 60 seconds. So we need to trim the video first to make the video shorter.

Fortunately, Instagram already provides “Trim” function.

Drag the start line and finishing line to trim the video clip.

Then tap on “Done” to confirm the video clip.

Continue to tap on “Next” and add caption, and the video will be shared on Instagram.

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I guess you guys can’t wait to post a YouTube video to Instagram, huh?

Come on! Start your downloading!

Now you can expect an Instagram follower booming.

Don’t be sparing with your comments if you think this post is helpful!

Luna Davies has been a technology writer for the last seven years, which covers mobile, Internet service, social media, and the good and bad of tech.

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