One of the best ways to reach our family, friends and people we know is through Instagram. However, if you want to share videos with someone on this platform, you must know how to post YouTube videos on Instagram.
Arguably the perfect video content for the Instagram audience, be it as an Instagram post or story. However, there is currently no direct way to share or post YouTube videos to Instagram.
So, in this article, I will show you how to post YouTube videos on Instagram using your mobile or desktop PC. Surely sharing Youtube videos becomes the perfect content for your IG followers. Having YouTube videos on your Instagram page can help attract more followers to your page.
How to Post YouTube Videos on Instagram From Mobile
Using your phone to post YouTube videos on Instagram is not as easy as it sounds. The process is different for Android and iPhone users. Here are the steps to take:
Step 1: Install TubeMate
This app is not on Google Play Store, so you have to download it directly from TubeMate site. Before you install TubeMate, you have to change the security settings that allow your device to download apps which are not on Google Play Store. Make sure to only use this setting for apps you trust.
To enable this setting, go to Settings > Apps > Special access > Install unknown apps. From here, select the browser where you downloaded TubeMate, and enable “Allow from this source.”
Now, you can go ahead and download TubeMate from any of the links listed on its site.
Downloads: TubeMate for Android (Free)
Step 2: Download YouTube Videos on Your Android Phone
TubeMate tracks videos through the native YouTube app, and adds a download feature. Just open TubeMate, search for the YouTube video you want to download, then click on the red download button at the bottom right corner of the video.
You will get the option to choose from several different video qualities. If you want to download 1080p videos (max resolution for Instagram videos), you have to download the MP3 video converter app which is directed by TubeMate.
Step 3: Trim Video
Apart from limiting the max resolution of your videos, Instagram also has a length limit for videos — you can only upload videos between three to 60 seconds. If your video is already within this limit, you can skip this step.
You can easily shorten videos using your phone’s built-in video editor or by using a third-party app — for this part, I’m using my phone’s built-in editor. After accessing the video, I hit the pencil icon at the bottom of the video, and then selected the scissors icon. From here, I drag the white bars to match the part of the video I want to save, and then hit Save.
Step 4: Post YouTube Videos on Instagram
When you are ready to create your post, open the Instagram app, and click on the plus icon at the bottom of the page. Select a YouTube video from your gallery, add a filter, write a caption, then hit Share.
How to Post YouTube Videos on Instagram From PC Desktop
You have to go through many steps while posting YouTube videos to Instagram using your computer. Below is a multi-step process which I have outlined posting YouTube videos on Instagram from Desktop PC
Step 1: Install 4K Video Downloader
4K Video Downloader is a reliable tool that you can use to download videos from YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, Vimeo, and many more. This full-featured video downloader not only lets you extract subtitles from YouTube videos, but even lets you download videos in 4K. This makes it ideal for setting up YouTube videos for Instagram.
Downloads: 4K Video Downloader for Windows, macOS, or Linux (Free, with premium version available)
Step 2: Download YouTube Videos on Desktop PC
Now you have 4K Video Downloader, Now you can use it to download YouTube videos of your choice. Start by copying the URL of the YouTube video, then hit Paste Link in the top left corner of the 4K Video Downloader menu.
4K Video Downloader will automatically detect the link you just copied. Once done parsing the video, you can choose from several different resolution options which can even go up to 8K if the video supports it. Instagram only allows uploading videos up to 1080p, so you don’t have to worry about downloading 4K or 8K videos.
4K Video Downloader also gives you the option to change the video format, but leave it set at MP4. To start the download, press Download at the bottom of the page.
Step 3: Trim Video
You can quickly trim a video using Windows’ built-in Movies & TV app, or you can choose to use iMovie on macOS. There are also many video editing apps that you can use.
Here, I will give you a quick tutorial on how to trim a video in Windows 10’s built-in Movies & TV. After opening the video in Movies & TV, click on the pencil icon at the bottom of the menu, and select Trim from the dropdown menu.
You can drag the two white markers on either side of the video timeline to set a new length. When you’re done, click Save a copy in the top right corner of the app.
Step 4: Transfer YouTube Videos to Your Phone Using Google Drive
Unfortunately, Instagram does not allow you to post photos or videos from its desktop site. The easiest way to get around this is to send the downloaded video to your smartphone.
There are several options to transfer videos to your mobile device. You can use a cloud storage provider, attach videos to emails, or even sync your mobile device to your computer. For this article, I will show you how to send videos to your smartphone using Google Drive.
First, make sure you have a Google Drive account, and make sure you have downloaded the Google Drive app on your smartphone.
To upload your video to Drive, follow these steps:
- Open Google Drive.
- Press the New button in the left corner of the screen.
- Select Upload File from the dropdown menu.
- Select the YouTube video you downloaded, and hit Open.
When the video is finished uploading, open Google Drive on your mobile device and select the video that you uploaded earlier. From here, hit the three vertical dots in the right corner of the video, and hit Download.
Now that the video is on your mobile device, you can upload the video to Instagram using the same steps as I have outlined earlier.
How to Share YouTube Videos on Instagram the Right Way
Sharing YouTube videos on Instagram might sound complicated, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it. Although both methods outlined above require a series of steps, posting on your smartphone is ultimately an easier way to post YouTube videos on Instagram. Having YouTube videos on your Instagram page can help attract more followers to your page.