How To Post Youtube Videos On Instagram In 2019

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How to post Youtube videos to Instagram

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I've got some good news and some even better news!

The good news? There IS a way to post Youtube videos on Instagram.

The better news? It's so easy, even your grandmother could do it!

Seriously though, watching grandmothers use IG is actually hilarious!

Instagram Feed And Story Videos

General requirements:

  • Max 30 frames per second
  • Feed post: Max length of 60 seconds
  • Story post: Max length of 15 seconds
  • Max file size of 4 GB

There are 4 main dimensions: square, landscape, portrait and stories:

  • Square video min resolution is 600 x 600 (max is 1080 x 1080)
  • Portrait video min resolution is 600 x 750 (max is 1080 x 1350)
  • Landscape video min resolution is 600 x 315 (max is 1080 x 608)
  • Stories video min resolution is 600 x 1067 (max is 1080 x 1920)

And here's what they all look like…

IGTV Video Requirements

IGTV is the best option if you're looking to post your Youtube videos on Instagram.

Here are the requirements that come directly from Instagram's website:

Video Length

Videos must be between 15 seconds and 60 minutes long.

Note: Larger accounts and verified accounts can upload videos up to 60 minutes long, but they must be uploaded from a computer.

Video File Type

Videos must be in MP4 file format.

Video Resolution and Size

  • You can upload a vertical video with an aspect ratio of 9:16 or a horizontal video with an aspect ratio of 16:9
  • Videos should have a minimum frame rate of 30 FPS (frames per second) and minimum resolution of 720 pixels
  • The maximum file size for videos that are 10 minutes or less is 650MB. The maximum file size for videos up to 60 minutes is 3.6GB

How To Post Youtube Videos On Instagram In 5 Simple Steps

Firstly, we've established the only way to post a Youtube video on Instagram Stories is if it's less than 15 seconds.

Secondly, if you're looking to post a Youtube video for Instagram's feed, it should be less than 60 seconds.

In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to post Youtube videos on Instagram TV (IGTV). These videos can be up to 60 minutes in length, making IGTV the best option in 2019 for most Youtube videos.

Before you can get started, I recommend using a tool called Kapwing. It's an online image and video editor that will make your life a whole lot easier.

They have a free and a paid option starting at $20/month. I recommend getting a paid account so you can remove their watermark on your videos.

Step 1: Copy The Youtube Video URL

What makes Kapwing so good is that you can easily import any Youtube video just by inserting the URL.

Find the video you want to use and copy the share link or the URL in the address bar.

Step 2: Resize The Youtube Video To Fit IGTV Dimensions

Go to Kapwing.com (sign up to a paid account to remove watermarks), scroll down the page and click on Resize Video

Next, paste in the Youtube video URL…

It will automatically open up the resize tool so you can start making edits.

Next, select Story (Snap/Insta) or IGTV in the left hand sidebar. You can then choose to crop the video, change the background color to either black or white and adjust the zoom/positioning of the video.

I like to zoom in a little so the video looks larger on a mobile device…

Click Create when you're done. It may take a few minutes to fully process.

Step 3: Edit The Video Using Kapwing Studio

Once the video has finished processing, click on Open in Studio.

Once in the Studio, feel free to make any edits you want. You can add in text, images and shapes. You can also adjust the video and audio settings, plus a whole lot more.

Once you're done, click Publish and wait for the video to be processed.

Step 4: Adding Subtitles To Your IGTV Video

Once the video has finished processing, the next step is to download it to your computer, so we can generate and add in our subtitles.

Click on Add Subtitles in the navigation menu.

And then upload the video you just downloaded…


Once the video has finished uploading, to add in subtitles you have 3 options:

  1. Manually type in subtitles (not recommended!)
  2. Use their Auto-Generate tool and make any necessary adjustments
  3. Upload your own .SRT file

I usually use their Auto-Generate tool because it's fairly accurate and normally only takes me around 5 minutes to make any necessary changes.

This is what it looks like once it's done generating (can take a few minutes to complete)

From here, just click on any line of text to make edits.

The final step is to choose the font and layout of your subtitles. Scroll down and on the left hand side you can see the options you have.

I normally use size 16, open sans font with the subtitles aligned at the bottom.

Once you're happy with how your subtitles look, click on the big Create button at the bottom and wait for the video to process.

Step 5: Upload To IGTV

The final step is to upload your video to IGTV and this begins by downloading your completed video from within your Kapwing account.

Next, it's up to you how you want to upload it to IGTV, but I like using the desktop option because the video file is already on my computer.

Just go to your Instagram profile (instagram.com/YOURPROFILE) and click on the tab for IGTV before adding a new post.

Here's what that looks like…

And there you have it!

Like I mentioned at the start, this process is so easy that even your grandmother could do it.

Okay maybe not your grandmother, but you get the picture!

Therefore, I recommend handing it over to a virtual assistant the first chance you get.

Shoot us a comment if you know how to post Youtube videos on Instagram in a faster or easier way. For now, this seems to be the best option in 2019.

Josh Stanton

Josh Stanton

Co-founder of Screw The Nine To Five™. We run our businesses from anywhere, while at the same time helping others leave their jobs behind, start businesses and create more freedom in their lives.

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