How To Share A Youtube Video On Instagram Stories, Step By Step With Photos

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How To Share A Youtube Video On Instagram Stories, Step By Step With Photos

If you are a content creator, or run social media for a brand, sharing YouTube videos on Instagram stories, is almost essential to growing your audience. But unfortunately, there is no way to share a YouTube video with Instagram stories directly. Luckily we have put together this guide together to help you learn how to reformat your video for Instagram stories and how to include links to the full YouTube videos in your stories.

Before going forward, make sure you have permission to use any YouTube videos you share on Instagram. It is a good idea to credit the original creator if it is not yours. Technically you do not have to credit these creators, but because social media is still kind of a lawless land, it is nice to follow the golden rule with other creators.

Well, let’s dive into the fun stuff and probably the reason you came here. Now follow this guide to learn how to share a YouTube video on Instagram.

Method One: Reformat a YouTube video for Instagram Stories

This is the most direct way to share a YouTube video on your Instagram story. Note you can only share 60 seconds at a time, so unless the video is relatively short, you will not be able to share the whole video on Instagram stories exclusively.

1. Find the Video You want to Share

Find the video you want to share on Instagram stories using the YouTube app or website.

Underneath the video, you will see an option called Share, then select Copy Link.

3. Go to YT5s.com

On a browser of your choice, navigate to YT5s.com.

While other websites can download YouTube videos, YT5 is great on mobile and desktop web browsers.

In the search bar on YT5s.com, paste the link we just copied from YouTube and tap on Start.

After the website finds that video, you will see a drop-down menu that allows you to choose the download quality. For Instagram videos, we recommend selecting 1080p for the best results.

On an iPhone, this will automatically download to your Files app, and on Android, this file will download to whatever default folder you have set for your downloads.

6. Find the video on your phone and open it

Locate the video’s location on your phone, then open it in your photo and video viewing app.

7. Tap Edit and select the crop icon

It’s advisable to crop the video for the best results.

Now that the video is open in the Photos app, click on Edit and select Crop. Most videos on YouTube are 16:9, and the best format for Instagram stories is 9:16.

If you would instead rather upload the 16:9 video to Instagram stories, note that it will not take up the entire screen. Alternatively, you can rotate the video to show all the content, but your viewers will have to turn their phones sideways to view it properly.

8. Tap Done

After cropping the video to the point you like, tap Done in the top-right corner.

9. Open Instagram and tap the Plus icon

Open Instagram, and in the top-left corner, tap on the plus icon where it says Your Story.

10. Select your video and tap Next

Select the newly cropped video we just created and tap on Next.

11. Type in Your Caption and then tap Share

Congratulations, you have now shared a YouTube video to Instagram stories!

Type in the caption you want to add and anything else, then tap the arrow in the bottom right corner. This will bring one more menu, and tap on Share to complete the process.

This is a more indirect way to share your YouTube videos on Instagram stories, but if you do not want to go through that first process, this is quicker. Here’s what to do:

1. Find the Video You want to Share

We recommend doing this on the phone as it’s easier.

Underneath the video, you will see an option called Share, then select Copy Link.

3. Open Instagram and tap the Plus icon

On the top-left corner, you will see the plus icon where it says Your Story.

4. Create a Story

Create a story using a blank background, a video, or a photo, maybe the thumbnail for the video.

5. Swipe up on the story

Swipe up to bring up the sticker options for Instagram stories then locate the Link option.
With the sticker on the story now, you can tap on it to change its colors and tap and drag to change the sticker’s position on your story.

In this box, tap and hold where it says URL. Then below, you can tap on Customize sticker text to change the text that will display in your story. Once you have that set to your liking, tap on Done.

7. Share the story

Tap the arrow in the bottom right corner, then tap on Share to complete the process.

Congratulations, you have shared a YouTube link on your Instagram story!

To see this method in action check out the video below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can an Instagram story video last?

Photos and videos you share to your story disappear from Feed, your profile, and Direct after 24 hours unless you add them as a highlight. Remember that you can also save photos and videos from your story or share your story to Feed.

How long can IG videos be 2022?

Videos on Instagram, whether it is stories or reels, can only be 60 seconds long.

Can I see how much times someone watch my video story on Instagram?

To view who’s seen your story, open your story and swipe up on the screen. You’ll see the number and the Instagram usernames of the people who have viewed each photo or video in your story.

How can someone see your second story but not first on Instagram?

You may have seen one of your followers only show up on your second story and not your first one before. While that seems impossible, the reason that can show up most of the time is that that person did not stay on the first story long enough. As a general rule, Instagram only counts it as a view if they stay on it for longer than 3 seconds.

Are all Instagram videos reels now?

All videos will now be uploaded in the Reels style, whether or not people want them to be. Instagram currently has a massive push for Reels, so any videos uploaded to the regular feed will go under Reels now.

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