With how fast applications get updated nowadays it can be very confusing to do the simple things we set out to do, the button to do something we want gets misplaced with every update it seems.
Something simple that seems intuitive like sharing a YouTube video on Instagram, can be quite confusing, and that’s alright, the placement of functions changes in applications all the time.
But no worries, that’s what this article intends to address, mainly, how to share a YouTube video on Instagram, furthermore, it’ll also teach you how to share a YouTube video on your Instagram story and how to share a YouTube video on IGTV.
Seeing as Instagram (and its parent company Facebook) are quite well integrated into each other, the principles from one site can carry over into the other, with that being said, there are a few ways one can share their desired video, and those are:
- Through third party software
- Manually downloading the videos and uploading to Instagram
The first method is quite straightforward, you use a third-party site or application and you paste your desired video’s URL, after which it converts the video for your convenience.
The second method on the other hand requires a bit more time and space on your hard drive than the first method, furthermore, it requires you to convert the videos for Instagram, with sites like ClipConverter.
For starters, there are many scheduling applications that you can use, this scheduling software helps you schedule your videos (pretty self-explanatory duh), but also help you with growing your following, as it allows for a more professional allotment of your time because it streamlines the whole process for you, allowing you to grow your platform with ease.
There are many sites out there that can get the job done for you, sites like:
- Hooper HQ
Are just some that can do the job for you.
How Resharing Apps Work
Resharing apps do the job for you by sharing the videos you want, how you want when you want. They forego the entire process of having to find a site or app that can download your video, then finding a converter to process the video for you, and finally having to upload it manually.
Most of the time they work by requiring you to create an account and connect your Instagram before you can start using their services, don’t worry, your information is safe and secure with them, they require this information so that they can post on your behalf, with your permission of course.
After you’ve created and connected your accounts, you can start using their services, they differ from app to app, but generally, the things they offer are a streamlining of the upload process, along with the ability to schedule multiple posts at the same time, and of course, the most important for some people. The ability to save your precious time.
The Pros of Resharing Apps
The pros with resharing apps are mainly 3, of which:
Saving your time
Nobody likes to waste time, and for some people the old adage “Time is money” is true, and these apps save you a lot of time.
The ability to post from your PC
For years now Instagram has yet to develop a desktop version of their app, instead of requiring you to download third-party software to be able to use the features of their app, resharing tools are such apps that greatly ease the entire process.
Helping you with your schedule
We humans are forgetful creatures, thankfully computers don’t have that shortcoming, and by using resharing apps you can schedule and upload posts whenever you intend to do so.
The Cons of Resharing apps
Of course, nothing is one-sided, it’s the same with Resharing apps, while they may help us greatly there are mainly 2 cons that can turn off some people:
Sharing your personal information
Having to share your personal information with a third party software is always a concerning question, followed by many more questions about the reliability and reputation of the sites, at the end, it never is an easy choice to entrust your personal information with a third party.
Only for professional use
While Resharing apps can be quite useful with what they offer, a regular person who just wants to share a certain video they found won’t find much use of them after that point, as such, Resharing apps cater more towards professional business and content creators who are required to constantly share videos on their platforms.
Normally you’d use a third-party app to share the videos, but with this method, you need to go through the long run, either with converter software or with online converter software.
There are many apps like this available online, some free, while others requiring a subscription for their services.
My personal favorite is ClipConverter.cc with its ease of use and convenience, has never let me down.
The Pros of Manually Sharing a Video
The pros of sharing your videos manually are the ability to download, edit, alter the videos how you see fit. This freedom sadly doesn’t come with certain third-party applications, and as such, it is a big plus for some people who like to add a little flair of their own to the video.
Furthermore, you also have the ability to edit it to your specific need, sometimes you just want to share a specific 10 second part of a 1-hour video, which is much better than uploading the entire video and hoping people notice those specific 10 seconds.
Other times videos can come with copyrighted music that may harm your platform, so it is best to edit out the music before uploading your video.
The Cons to Sharing Videos Manually
The Cons, on the other hand, is that this method requires a lot of time and space, for longer videos it may be better because we are given a higher amount of freedom, but for short clips, it can be a hassle to go through the entire process. Not only does it take up more of your time, but it can also quickly clutter up your hard drive after a while, requiring further care and maintenance it.
It’s funny that con from the previous method is also applicable here, sharing videos manually and all the pros of this method are more catered towards content creators and professionals, as the regular Joe who wants to share a short clip will only find it a hassle.
If done through a third party software then sharing your story is the same principle as sharing a post, just that this time you have to download your desired video via a converter and then sharing it through your resharing app of choice.
If done manually then you just download the video and share it manually.
If you lack the “Swipe Up” feature which is only available to profiles with 10k+ followers you can still share a link another way, albeit with a few more steps.
- Copy the video link
- Chose the “Add to story” option
- Share any photo or video you’d like
- Hit the chain link option at the top of your screen
- Tap on the plus icon next to “Web Link”
- Insert the video link and hit the checkmark
- Share when ready
Sharing a video to your IGTV feed is the same process as before, but instead of choosing the post option, you select the “Share to IGTV” option if using third-party software.
If doing it manually just choose the video in question, and if it is over 1 minute long it automatically is shared to your IGTV feed.
So in summary of how to share a YouTube video on Instagram; Resharing apps are a great tool you can use for sharing the videos you want to share, but on the other hand, they can be a hassle for some people, and the average person who just wants to share a single video they like may find easier ways to do it, but on the other hand, Resharing apps add a great advantage if they are used for professional or content creation means.
Helping you develop your platform at a pace that can’t be done easily if done manually.
And doing it manually has its pros and cons as well, firstly it doesn’t require you to create an account on a third-party site, but what it does allow you to do is to edit videos to your desired preferences. Sadly this method requires more storage space and time but it caters to a wider audience.