Ever wished you could share a YouTube video on Instagram?
After all, YouTube is pretty popular. It’s the second largest search engine in the world. We watch approximately one billion hours of YouTube a day. Just think about that number for a second. One. Billion. Hours. That’s roughly 1,600 human lifetimes.
It’s a good bet, then, that some of that content will be perfect for your Instagram audience. However, there’s no direct way to share YouTube videos to Instagram at the moment. That’s why we’ll show you this little-known workaround.
But before we get technical, there’s something else we need to talk about.
Why would you want to jump through the hoops to share YouTube videos on Instagram? Here are a few reasons you might consider it.
You can create a teaser trailer for a longer YouTube video and post it to Instagram, then use that to drive traffic back.
Or you can make a trailer for a video you’d like to promote — just make sure you’re giving credit where it’s due. If you run affiliate marketing promotions, this could be something to test and add to your toolkit.
If you’ve been making YouTube content for a while but didn’t keep the original files from years ago, you can download some old favorites and create a mash-up. A trip down memory lane could be something your Instagram followers would love.
Under the Fair Use Act you can use videos as long as they’re used for transformative and educational purposes. You can use YouTube footage to illustrate a point or share an educational tidbit. Just make sure you double-check with the laws of the state or country you’re in.
While creating videos just for Instagram can feel like a bit of a hassle, it doesn’t have to be. With Biteable, you can quickly and easily make gorgeous videos that match your brand colors and look great in your feed.
Just choose one of our Instagram video templates and get started for free.
Alright. Now it’s time to show you the sneaky tech workaround you can use to post a YouTube video to Instagram.
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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.
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.
Depending on which app you end up with, 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 to find the video you want to download as you normally would.
4. When you click on the video you want to download, Video Get will create a pop-up. Click Download and you’re all set.
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 editor to make some adjustments. Or you can use an editing app like FilmoraGo.
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.
2. Give the video its Instagram-worthy makeover. Add a filter, trim it, or add a custom cover.
3. Add a caption, hashtags, and location tagging if it’s relevant, then hit that Share button.
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.