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How to Post a Video From YouTube on Instagram

Aug 31, 2020• Proven solutions

The amount of video content that is being uploaded to YouTube on a daily basis is simply staggering. The diversity of the videos that can be found on YouTube makes it a valuable resource for highly skilled professionals as well as an endless source of entertainment.

That is why sharing a YouTube video to Instagram can be beneficial for entrepreneurs, businessmen and people who are looking for a way to amuse their Instagram followers. In this article we are going to take you through all the steps you'll need to take in order to post a video from YouTube to Instagram.

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How to Post a YouTube Video on Instagram

Sharing YouTube videos to Instagram directly isn't possible yet, and for that reason, if you want to feature YouTube videos on your Instagram you'll have to go through a three-step process. However, this process is fairly simple, although some methods may be more complex than others and require you to spend a considerable amount of time on downloading and editing the files you want to share on your Instagram account.

Step 1: Download videos from YouTube

In order to post a YouTube video to Instagram you have to download the video you want to share, adjust it to the platform's video requirements and then finally upload it.

1. Downloading YouTube video to a computer

There are several different methods you can use to download a YouTube video to your computer, but using websites such as ClipConverter, Zamzar or OnlineVideoConverter that enable you to download and convert video files is probably one of the easiest and fastest ways to accomplish this.

After you choose which online platform you want to use to download a video from YouTube to your computer, simply paste the video's URL into the platform's input box. 

Before starting to download the file you first have to specify to which video format you'd like to convert the YouTube video, so choosing MP4 file extension is advised if you would like to upload the video to Instagram afterward because this file type is most frequently used for Instagram videos.

The online converter will either enable you to download the file directly to a hard drive to your computer or to send a link containing the converted video file to your email. 

You can either connect your Smartphone to a computer you used to download the video and copy the video file onto your mobile device or alternatively you can access your email account from your Smartphone and download the video file directly to your device.

2. Downloading YouTube videos to a mobile device

Download instructions for iPhones: The process of downloading videos from YouTube with iPhones or iPads can't be described as quick or simple because you'll have to go through several stages of the process before you can view the video file from your device.

You should start by getting the Documents 6 app from the App Store, and installing it on your Smartphone. Once the installation process is complete, launch the app and use its web browser, an icon that looks like a compass, to navigate to the Savefrom.net.

You can copy the link of the YouTube video, by launching the YouTube app on your iPhone, accessing the Share option and selecting the Copy Link feature. Alternatively you can launch the Safari web browser on your device, play the YouTube video you'd like to download and copy the URL of the video you'd like to download.

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After you've copied the YouTube link, head back to Documents 6 app and paste the link to the input box on Savefrom.net window, you've already opened in the Documents 6 app. You'll be able to choose from several size options, like 1280p or 480p. 

Select the file size that best suits the purpose for which you are going to use the video, and then proceed to tap on the Download option, and select Done to start downloading the YouTube video file.

Go to the Downloads menu in the Documents 6 app and locate the video you just downloaded. Tap and hold the file, and drag it upward until you spot the folder list. Access the Photos app from the folder list and place the file in the Camera Roll.

Download instructions for Android devices: YouTube video files are much easier to download from Android Smartphones since you can find a number of different apps that will enable you to download the files you want to share directly from YouTube. 

However, Google, like Apple isn't too keen on apps that let you download YouTube videos freely, which is the reason why you'll have to spend some time looking for the right app.

If you have trouble finding the right app for the job on Google Play you can try getting TubeMate from the app's official website.

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Step 2: Edit and convert the file to meet the Instagram's video requirements

As you probably know the maximum duration of a video on Instagram is limited to one minute, which means that you'll probably have to cut the parts of a YouTube video you downloaded in order to be able to post it on your Instagram account.

This process will be much easier if you use a PC or Mac-based video editing software like Wondershare Filmora , because changing the video file extension or the duration of a video will be much quicker and simpler than if you opt to use some of the video editing apps that are available for iPhones and Android Smartphones.

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However, if you would still like to go through the process of editing the YouTube video you'd like to post on Instagram directly from the Smartphone you can use apps like iMovie, Videoshop or FilmoraGo to change the duration of the video. 

Altering the file extension of a video to commonly used mp.4 files with H.264 codec and the size of 1080 pixels X 566 pixels may prove to be a little more complicated than it would be with a PC or Mac-based video editing software.

Step 3: Upload the video to Instagram

The final step of the process of posting YouTube videos to Instagram is the easiest. The file you want to post should be already placed on your Camera Roll, so you just need to launch the Instagram app from your Android phone or iPhone and click on the + icon located on the app's toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

Select the Library option, and tap on the video file you'd like to post to your Instagram account. Click on Next and proceed to add a description to your post as well as tags that will enable your video to reach a wider audience.

It is important to keep in mind that posting YouTube videos you don't have permission to use on your Instagram account is not advisable because copyright infringement is a serious offense that may result in severe penalties. 

Being unique and producing the content specifically made for Instagram is a much better and much safer option at this point until Instagram decides to make sharing YouTube videos a simple process that requires you to just click on the Share button below the YouTube video you want to share to Instagram.

The video tutorial below shows you how to edit and export video clips for sharing on Instagram. Watch it and learn how to add extra filters and visual effects to make it more fantastic.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.