How to Post a YouTube Video on Instagram


Before WhatsApp or Snapchat statuses and TikTok videos, YouTube dominated the free-to-watch video platform. Being the second largest search engine globally, we humans watch over one billion hours of content on YouTube. On the other hand, Instagram lets you reach out to your friends, family, and followers. You can share short teasers, montages, etc., on Instagram. Mix them both, and you’ll get the best of both worlds. 

If you want to post a YouTube video on Instagram video, you can do that with a few steps. You can share a YouTube video from your smartphone or a PC and we will show you how.

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How to Post a YouTube Video on Instagram

Keep in mind that the video you share shouldn’t belong to anyone other than seeing the copyright issues. Instagram might remove the video.

1. Post a YouTube video on Instagram from your smartphone

You might think that posting a YouTube video on Instagram from your smartphone could be an easy task, but it isn’t. The process is quite tedious.

Step 1: Install TubeMate on your Android phone. TubeMate is not on the Play Store, so click on this link to download it. iPhone users can also download the YouTube video.

Step 2: Since Android doesn’t directly allow app installations from a third-party source, you’ll need to enable it.

Step 3: Go to Settings and look for ‘Apps.’

Step 4:  Under the ‘Apps’ menu, select ‘Special access’ and tap on ‘Install unknown apps.’

Step 5: Now, choose the browser that you’re downloading TubeMate from.

Step 6: Switch the toggle to ‘Allow from this source.’

Step 7: Download TubeMate from any of the links listed on its site. TubeMate doesn’t work like your typical downloader; it writes over the original YouTube app and then adds a download feature.

Step 8: Open TubeMate and search for the YouTube video you want to download.

Step 9: Now click the red download button in the bottom-right corner of the video.

Step 10: Here, you can select from a variety of video formats. In case you want to download the video in a 1080p format, TubeMate will direct you to its MP3 video converter app. Full-HD or 1080p is the maximum resolution for Instagram videos.

Step 11: Instagram has a restriction for videos – from 3 seconds to 60 seconds. If your video exceeds the limit, you’ll need to shorten it. Every Android phone has an in-built video editor. So, you can use that or download free video editors from the Google Play Store.

Step 12: Once you have handled everything, the next step is to post the video to Instagram. Launch the app and tap on the plus icon located at the bottom of the page.

Step 13: Now choose the YouTube video from your gallery/camera roll, add a filter, write a caption, etc., and tap on Share.

2. Post a YouTube video on Instagram from your computer

Posting a YouTube video on Instagram from your computer is a multi-step process.

How to post a YouTube video on Instagram

Step 1: You’ll need to install 4K Video Downloader on your personal computer. You can depend on it to download videos from YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.

Step 2: Now, go to YouTube and search for the video you want to download. 

Step 3: Copy the video URL.

Step 4: Paste the URL 4K Video Downloader to download the YouTube video on your PC.

Step 5: The software will detect the link you copied from YouTube. It will parse the video, and a few moments later, you’ll see the different resolutions of the video. Choose a format up to 1080p

Step 6: 4K Video Downloader will give you a pop-up to change the video format, but you won’t need to do that since MP4 is a reliable format. 

Step 7: Press the ‘Download’ button located at the bottom to start the download.

Step 8: If the video is above 60 seconds, you’ll have to shorten it; you can use the in-built Movies & TV app, while macOS users can choose iMovie.

Step 9: Once you’ve edited the video, you’ll need to send it to your Android/iPhone smartphone since you can’t post photos or videos from the Instagram app or its desktop site.

Step 10: You can transfer the video wirelessly or through the old school method. You can also use cloud storage. Android users can choose Google Drive, while iOS users can rely on the good old iCloud.

Step 11: Once you have transferred the downloaded YouTube video to your smartphone, upload it on Instagram. Use the steps above.


Can I upload YouTube videos on Instagram?

Yes, you can upload YouTube videos on Instagram. But it should be between 3 to 60 seconds, and it shouldn’t be explicit. The best video format is MP4.

Is YouTube or Instagram more profitable?

It depends on your content and audience. I like longer videos, so I lean toward YouTube. Some viewers don’t have patience, so they turn to Instagram or TikTok. You can upload videos and photos on YouTube, but on Instagram, you can DM people, upload photos, videos, short videos (Reels), etc.

How to post copyrighted music on Instagram?

You can post copyrighted music on Instagram, but you should follow a few rules: Give credit to the owners, change the music if possible, or the best option is to use copyright-free music on your videos.


Instagram is an uber-cool platform, but YouTube remains on the throne when it comes to videos. Facebook might increase Instagram’s video limit sometime in the future, but I doubt that it’ll live up to YouTube’s capacity. Sharing its videos on Instagram is a bit of a complex process, but once you keep doing the same process, you’ll get used to it. 

What are some of the reasons that you want to post a YouTube video on Instagram? Are the steps mentioned above easy to follow? Do you know any other methods? Let us know in the comments below.

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