How to share Youtube Videos on Instagram

11 Jul, 2021

Instagram has become one of the most popular social media platforms, with over 1.1 billion monthly active users. Sharing content across platforms is easier than ever on Instagram. In fact, sharing your YouTube videos on Instagram frequently is an effective way to boost the reach of your content.

Sharing YouTube videos on Instagram

There are three ways to share your YouTube video on Instagram listed below:

  1. Copy the YouTube video link and paste it on your Instagram Bio, short for biography. This works similarly if you are using an Instagram bio tool - just paste it there instead.

  2. Download the video on your device and then upload the video on Instagram.

  3. Share your YouTube video via Instagram stories, but these disappear after 24 hours. This feature is only available after you have attained a certain number of followers on Instagram.

Sharing the YouTube video via Instagram Bio

  1. Here, all you need to do is copy the link from YouTube and paste it in the box labeled Website.

  2. You should keep in mind that followers will not be able to view the video on Instagram which can limit its reach, but this method can still increase your views on YouTube.

Uploading the video directly on Instagram

  1. You need to download the video and then upload it to Instagram directly. There are no longer size restrictions for video files on IGTV, making this an ideal way to share your YouTube content.

  2. If your entire YouTube video is available on Instagram, you may lose views and engagement on the original YouTube video. However, you can still attach the link in a caption or attach a shortened video to ensure your followers open YouTube.

For Uploading via Stories

  1. You can add the YouTube video link to your Instagram stories. Your followers will be able to swipe up and access the videos via YouTube using the link.

  2. Since your followers will go directly to YouTube and see the video, it will increase your engagement both on Instagram and YouTube.

  3. However, you must keep two things in mind:

  • The story will disappear after 24 hours. You might need to upload the story with the link again and again.

  • This feature is only available to accounts on Instagram that have gained a certain number of followers. Private accounts, as well as public accounts with few followers, cannot use this feature.

How do you add the YouTube link on Instagram Bio?

  1. Open your mobile browser. Log in to your YouTube account.

  2. Select the video and copy the link from the address bar.

    Add YouTube to Instagram Bio (Step 2): Copy the YouTube link from the address bar

  3. Open the Instagram app on your phone and tap on your profile.

    Add YouTube to Instagram Bio (Step 3): Open Instagram and navigate to your profile.

  4. Select "Edit Profile".

    Add YouTube to Instagram Bio (Step 4): Select "Edit Profile"

  5. Now tap on "Website" and paste the YouTube link there.

    Add YouTube to Instagram Bio (Step 5): Paste your YouTube video link in the website field

  6. Now tap on the tick to submit your change.

    Add YouTube to Instagram Bio (Step 6): Click on the tick to save the website.

How do you put YouTube videos on Instagram stories?

To put the YouTube videos on Instagram stories, you need to download the particular video on your mobile device. Alternatively, you can download the video on your computer and then transfer it to your mobile device.

  1. Open your Instagram app and tap on the circle at the top left corner. Look for "Your Story" written.

    Share YouTube video in Instagram Stories (Step 1): Look for "Your Story"

  2. Swipe up to access media from your device.

    Share YouTube video in Instagram Stories (Step 2): Swipe up to access media such as your YouTube video

  3. Select the video that you want to post.

    Share YouTube video in Instagram Stories (Step 3): Select your video from your phone

  4. You can select the cover image of the video from the time strip at the bottom of the screen.

    Share YouTube video in Instagram Stories (Step 4): Select the cover for your video

  5. Now, tap on "Share". Your video will be posted to your Instagram story.

    Share YouTube video in Instagram Stories (Step 5): Tap on "Share" to post the Story

Can you share a clickable YouTube link on your Instagram story?

No, the option of sharing a clickable video link is currently unavailable on Instagram. However, if you are a verified user, you will get an option of a 'swipe up' feature. Here, you can link media to your Instagram stories.


Sharing YouTube videos on Instagram via clickable links is not possible. However, you can share your videos via stories and posts, or even upload the video directly on Instagram using the steps mentioned above. With a few easy steps, your video can be shared on Instagram!