4 Quick Ways to Post YouTube Videos to Instagram

Rosa Reyes
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You made an amazing video and uploaded it to YouTube, and now you also need to post your YouTube video on Instagram to get more shares. However, Instagram doesn't allow you to add a YouTube URL directly to an Instagram post.

To make things easier, we collect 4 quick ways to post YouTube videos on Instagram, by using the best YouTube to Instagram app or online free services. All these methods apply to share YouTube videos to Instagram both on iPhone/iPad and Android.

Best Video Format and Specifications for Instagram

Before posting youtube videos on Instagram, we’ll like to let you know the video format and video requirement for Instagram.

  In-feed Videos Instagram Stories IGTV
Length 3S - 60S 15S 15S - 10mins
Resolution 1920x1080 pixels (max) 600 x 1067 pixels (min) 720 pixels (min)
Format MP4, MOV (H.264/ VP8&AAC/ Vorbis, 3,500 kbps video bitrate) MP4, MOV MP4
Frame Rate 30fps or below 30fps 30fps (min)
Dimensions 1080px Wide (max) 1080x1920 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Aspect Ratio 1.91:1 or 16:9 (landscape), 1:1 (square), 4:5 (vertical) 9:16 9:16
File Size 15MB (standard) 15MB (best)

650MB up to 10 mins

3.6GB up to 60 mins

If the YouTube video you intend to post on Instagram is not in MP4, MOV, etc. format, you convert the video to a suitable format via YouTube to Instagram converter. Plus, you can compress the video file size and reduce its length.


The Best YouTube to Instagram Converter & Downloader

The most reliable way to post YouTube videos on Instagram is to use a professional tool. So you can download & convert YouTube videos for sharing on Instagram without hassle. Though such a tool is available for both computer and mobile phone users, there are more choices out there for computer users. And the truth is, most of our users give many more credits to YouTube to Instagram apps for Mac or PC, due to the high success rate, the convenience of large screen and fast speed as well.

For Mac Users

If you are using a Mac, the effective tool to download, convert and compress YouTube videos for Instagram sharing is Cisdem Video Converter. It is the all in one tool that supports to download videos from YouTube and 1000+ other sites, it can compress HD videos to Instagram format while at the same time keep the best quality.

Main Functions of YouTube to Instagram Converter for Mac:

  • Download HD/4K/8K videos in bulk
  • Download videos from YouTube, Bandcamp, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and 1000+ popular sites
  • Convert videos to popular formats, such as MP4, MKV, AAC, AC3, AIFF, WAV, iPhone, PS4, etc.
  • Edit and enhance videos with trimming, cropping, rotating, adding watermarks/subtitles/effects
  • Compress video size through HEVC codec without losing quality
  • Post your videos to YouTube in one go
  • Compatible with the macOS Big Sur

How to Post YouTube Videos to Instagram with Cisdem:

Step 1Download and install Cisdem Video Converter on your Mac.

Free Download

Step 2Download YouTube videos

Switch to interface. Copy the YouTube video URL and paste it to the program. And then click the download icon button.

download youtube video

Step 3Edit YouTube videos to meet Instagram’s requirements

For example, Instagram only accepts in-feed videos no longer than 60 seconds. Hence you should trim videos to the desired play length. Also, you can crop videos and enhance video quality with features like deinterlacing, video effects, etc.

edit video

Step 4Choose output formats for Instagram uploading

Select “MP4 Video” as the output format, which uses H.264 and AAC to encode videos.

choose output format for instagram

If necessary, click gear icon icon to open the “Advanced Settings” window, and set favorable parameters.

set parameters

Finally, convert YouTube to the formats supported by Instagram.

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Step 5Transfer YouTube videos to your mobile phone.

For iPhone users---Sync the videos from Mac to iPhone via iTunes, Airdrop, iCloud or others, and the videos will be saved on your iPhone.
For Android users---Transfer the videos from Mac to Android phone via USB, or Google Drive and other online storage services.

Step 6Open Instagram and tap on the plus icon on the bottom of the Instagram app.
Step 7Then tab “Library” on the bottom left.

sharing youtube videos on instagram from library

Step 8Choose the video from your camera roll and tap "next".

Your YouTube videos will be shared with your Instagram or Instagram story.


For Windows Users

WinX YouTube Downloader is a dedicate YouTube Downloader and Converter designed for Windows users, similar as Cisdem Video Converter, it allows users to download, convert YouTube video to Instagram, also supports to download videos from 600+ websites, export videos as different video or audio formats, customize resolution, etc.

How to Post YouTube Videos to Instagram with WinX:

  • Step 1. Download and install WinX YouTube Downloader onto your Windows PC.
  • Step 2. Go to YouTube, copy and paste the URL to WinX
  • Step 3. Choose output, resolution and size, then press “OK”.youtube to instagram windows
  • Step 4. Click the “Download” icon to save the YouTube videos to your Windows PC.
  • Step 5. Transfer YouTube videos to your mobile phone.
    (For iPhone Users) Save the YouTube videos from Windows PC to iPhone via iTunes, Dropbox or transfer applications.
    (For Android Users) Transfer YouTube videos from Windows PC to Android device via USB or online storage services (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox)
  • Step 6. Open Instagram and tap on the plus icon on the bottom of the Instagram app.
  • Step 7. Then tab “Library” on the bottom left.


How to Share YouTube Videos to Instagram Online?

If you want to share YouTube Videos to Instagram online, without installing any YouTube to Instagram apps, you can have a try on Tube2Gram.com. It’s sometimes mistakenly written as TubeToGram or YouTube2gram.

Tube2Gram allows you to download and convert YouTube videos directly to post on Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms. You just need to copy and paste the YouTube URL into the program. It also supports downloading YouTube videos to mobile phones.

  1. Open the web browser on your phone, and go to Tube2Gram.com.
  2. Paste the URL of the YouTube video.youtube to instagram online 01
  3. Select a video download type Instagram Video/Twitter Video/Other, and then click on “Start Download”.
  4. Then drag the orange slider to select the section of the video you want to download or enter start and stop time manually.
  5. Click the “Start Download” button below to start the downloading process.youtube to instagram online 02
  6. Once ready, click “Download on Mobile” to save the videos to your phone.
  7. Then open Instagram and upload the YouTube video to your Instagram Story.

Is Tube2Gram Safe?

Yes, Tube2Gram is safe. I got no virus from the website based on my test. But it’s full of ads and loading slowly. You have to take a longer time to download YouTube videos when compared to third-party software.


Tube2Gram Not Working? Here are the Alternatives!

Alternative 1: ClipConverter.cc

ClipConveter is an online free YouTube downloader. This Tube2Gram alternative supports exporting YouTube videos as MP3, M4A, AAC, MP4, 3GP, AVI, MOV and MKV. That’s to say, it helps to post a YouTube video to your Instagram account.

  1. Open the web browser on your computer, and go to ClipConverter.cc.
  2. Copy and paste the YouTube URL into the YouTube to Instagram tool.
  3. Choose output and resolution.tube2gram alternative- clipconverter 01
  4. Click “Download” icon to save the YouTube video to your computer.tube2gram alternative- clipconverter 02
  5. Transfer the YouTube videos to your iPhone or Android as you always do (USB, iTunes, Airdrop, iCloud, etc.)
  6. Open Instagram on your phone
  7. Post to Instagram and use Instagram's editor to crop the video down to 60 seconds and less than 15MB and post away.

Alternative 2. Yttoig.com

Yttoig is a professional YouTube to Instagram online converter that’s similar to Tube2Gram. It helps you upload custom thumbnails to maximize clicks. But Yttoig is not free (7-day free trial), you need to pay $12/month (up to 5 videos), $18/month (up to 30 videos), or $32/month (unlimited videos).

  1. Visit Yttoig.com.
  2. Paste the copied link to the YouTube video into the address field, and click "Let's go!".tube2gram alternative-yttoig 01
  3. Choose a segment of the video you are going to post and click “Next”.tube2gram alternative-yttoig 02
  4. Add a caption to your Instagram video.
  5. Remove YT to IG logo (pay $3) or not.
  6. Click "Continue with watermark" or "Log into Instagram" (for users who have removed the watermark), and enter the login details of your Instagram account.
  7. Click "Post your video" for sharing YouTube videos on Instagram.

Can I Post YouTube to Instagram with GramKeep?

No, you can’t. Although GramKeep.com is 100% free, it’s just an Instagram photo and video downloader. It doesn’t empower you to download YouTube videos.


How to Share YouTube Video on Instagram with iPhone App?

We also found an extremely simple and convenient method, which supports directly downloading YouTube videos to your iPhone's Camera Roll. Using an app named Video Download Browser.

  1. Download this app for your iPhone or iPad. Launch it and open YouTube to find the video you need to download.
  2. Just play the video in the app, and it will pop up a "Save to Memory" option, click on it, the app will start to download the video instantly.
  3. After your video has downloaded, navigate to the Videos tab from within the app, choose information and select "Save to Camera Roll."
  4. Then launch the Instagram app and add a new post as usual. Choose the downloaded YouTube video in your Camera Roll. Now, you are ready to post your YouTube video to Instagram.


How to Post YouTube Videos on Instagram with Android App?

TubeMate is the most popular Android YouTube video downloader, and it can also work as a YouTube to an Instagram downloader.

  1. Download TubeMate in Google Play and install it on your Android phone.
  2. Launch TubeMate and browse YouTube to find the YouTube videos you want to download. Or, you can also tap the menu in the top right and select 'URL' to add the URL of a YouTube video.
  3. Play or paste the URL of the YouTube video within this app, a bright green download button will appear. Tap on it and this app will start to analyze the downloadable video format.
  4. Choose output format (MP4) for sharing on Instagram.
  5. Then the video will be saved to your phone and you can start sharing it on Instagram.

Okay, so above are the 4 best ways that we recommend to use for posting YouTube to Instagram. Which one do you like the most? Just vote below for your favorite way. Or do you have other methods to do so? Post it below to share with us.

Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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