How to Post YouTube Videos on Instagram

October 24, 2019 16:00Andrew Miller

YouTube, as the biggest video streaming and sharing site, becomes part of many of you.

You can learn something, promote your products, or just make the entertainment from the massive videos. You can also share YouTube videos with Facebook, Twitter, etc., with the clickable link.

However, once you want to add clickable YouTube links on Instagram posts, you will be rejected by Instagram.

It isn't possible yet for Instagram to post your YouTube videos directly.

That’s why you are coming here.

That’s why we will show you the workaround to post YouTube videos to Instagram.

Are you ready for it? Let’s do this.

For sharing YouTube videos on Instagram, you need to complete it in 3 parts.

Post YouTube Videos on Instagram

Part 1. Save YouTube Videos from Others or Yours

If you make a video and share it on YouTube, but also want to share it on Instagram for getting more likes, it is easy. You just need to clip the YouTube video size and convert it to the Instagram supported formats to upload it. You just jump to part 2 to make it.

If the YouTube videos you want to post to Instagram are from others, then you should keep reading to save the YouTube videos from other links first.

Download YouTube videos as MP4/MOV

The most directed way to save videos from YouTube is using YouTube downloader.

Aiseesoft Free YouTube Downloader is the free YouTube video downloading software, which lets you download videos from YouTube and convert the video formats to be compatible with MOV and MP4 for Instagram.

Step 1 Download the YouTube downloader for free from the following download link. Launch the program after the installation.

Step 2 Copy the YouTube video link. Click the “Paste URL” option in this software. Your copied YouTube URL will be in the input box automatically. Choose “Analyze” and this software will access the video information like resolution, format, etc.

Step 3 After the analysis is done, choose the wanted video format and resolution, and click “OK” to start downloading the YouTube video.

Download Youtube Videos


If the analyzed video format is not supported by Instagram, you need to select “MP4” or “MOV” from the drop-down list of “Automatically Convert to:”

More YouTube video downloaders online, for desktop or on mobile phone, just check it here.

Record YouTube Videos to MOV/MP4

Due to the YouTube copyright, some paid videos on YouTube are not allowed to download. For posting those YouTube videos, you need the screen recorder to help you record them from YouTube.

Aiseesoft Screen Recorder is any video YouTube video recording software on Windows and Mac.

Screen Recorder


Aiseesoft Screen Recorder

  • Record YouTube videos, gameplays, tutorials, TV shows and other on-screen activities of high quality.
  • Save the recorded YouTube videos as MP4 or WMV for easy playback.
  • Capture online audio, streaming audio and microphone voice in MP3/WMA/AAC/M4V.
  • Take screenshots while recording with customizable screen sizes and personal labels.
  • Set hotkeys to start or stop recording, open or close webcam and enable other screen recording features.

Step 1 Select video recorder

Free download the YouTube video recorder on your computer. Launch the program after the installation. To record a YouTube video, you can choose the “Video Recorder” option.

Video Recorder

Step 2 Set the recording area and sounds

You need to set the recording area first. Choose “Full” to capture the YouTube video in full screen. Alternatively, select “Custom” to select “Fixed region” or “Select region/window”. More recording regions like lock window, exclude window for recording, etc., you can click “Advanced Recorder”.

Then just enable “System Sound” and disable “Microphone” to record the YouTube screen with the voice.

Record Area Sound Settings

Step 3 Set recording output

Click the “Recording Setting” on the top right corner of the window. There are 5 different sections including “Recording”, “Mouse”, “Hotkeys”, “Output” and “System”. The maximum Instagram video frame rate is 30fps. What’s more, the maximum dimensions for Instagram ups to 1080px wide, and the accepted video container is MOV and MP4.

Recording Output Settings

Choose “OK” to save your change and exit the window.

Step 4 Record a YouTube video for Instagram

After the preparations, you can click “REC” to start recording. Whenever you want to skip a certain part, you can click “Pause/Resume” to achieve it safely. The YouTube recording file still exists. Here you could use the edit feature to draw the line, add the arrow, caption, etc.

Record Youtube Video

The moment you stop recording the YouTube video, you will get a popping-up preview window, where you can preview and use the clip feature (30 seconds – 1minutes) to save the video for Instagram.

Later, you can choose “Save” to export the YouTube recording file.

Save Youtube Recording File

For more ways of saving YouTube videos, you can check it here.

Part 2. Edit YouTube Videos to Meet Instagram Needs

After saving the YouTube videos, you can start editing the videos for Instagram.

Before editing it, you should grasp the basic rules of Instagram video uploading.

Video length and size

Live video: Up to 1 hour.

Post video to Instagram Profile: Up to 1 minute.

Post video to Instagram Story: Up to 10 seconds.

Video and audio parameters

Size: maximum width of 1080 pixels (any height) and up to 15MB.

Audio: AAC (Advanced Audio Coding). 128kbps is the best for Instagram

Best video codec: H.264.

Video format: MP4 and MOV.

As a result, you need to edit the YouTube video before posting it to Instagram to decide its length, size, and format.

Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate is the all-in-one video editor, converter and compressor on Windows and Mac.

Video Converter Ultimate


Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate

  • Convert any video or audio to Instagram supported formats (MP4 MOV, AAC) and other formats.
  • Compress the big video file into smaller file sizes for Instagram.
  • Set the frame rate, resolution, video codec, etc., for Instagram video post.
  • Edit video like clip, merge, watermark, effect, rotate, etc.

Step 1 Add YouTube video file

Free download this software to your computer. Install and run it immediately. Click “Add File” to add one or more YouTube videos.

Add Videos

Step 2 Edit YouTube videos

Click “Trim” to start split the video, where you can cut one video into two parts, or trim the video to keep the wanted clip. Then click “OK” to save the changes you made.

Trim Videos

Back to the main interface, you could click “Edit” button to start to rotate, crop, watermark, enhance, and enable 3D effects.

Edit Video Effects

Again, come back to the main interface, you should click “Settings” to adjust the video resolution, output format, codec, frame rate, file size, etc.

Adjust Video Settings Output

Step 3 Convert YouTube video

While all settings are done, click “Convert” in the main interface to start exporting the YouTube video.

Convert Youtube Video

Then you just need to transfer the YouTube video to your iPhone and Android phone with the USB cable for uploading to Instagram.

Part 3. Post YouTube Videos to Instagram

After you get ready for the YouTube video on iPhone or Android, you can post to Instagram now.

Here, we take iPhone, as an example to show how to post the YouTube video via Instagram.

Step 1 On your iPhone, log in your Instagram account. Tap the plus image at the middle-bottom to open Photos.

Step 2 Select the YouTube video you got in the above 2 parts.

Step 3 Apply the editing effects from Instagram (Filter, Trim and Cover) optionally.

Step 4 Tap “Next” at the top-right corner to fill in some information like caption, tap the people, add location, share it with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other applications, and more advanced settings.

Step 5 Hit “Share” to post the YouTube video to Instagram on your iPhone.

Share Youtube Videos to Instagram

You are done!

You may be interested in: How to Make a Instagram Story with Photo and Video Collage


It is easy to post videos on Instagram, but it is impossible to share the clickable YouTube links on Instagram. For posting YouTube videos to Instagram, you need to download the YouTube videos first and then upload it to Instagram for sharing. That ‘s what you should follow the easy guide here.

Have you successfully posted your YouTube videos on Instagram?

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