Share YouTube video on Instagram in three steps

Due to the different video resolutions, crops, and lengths required by the two platforms, it can be tricky to get the YouTube clip to look right on Instagram and need a lot of fiddling around with your original video’s presets and parameters. Who’s got time for that? And what if you’ve deleted or cannot find the original video?

Well, there’s an easy way around that - which can be done completely online - and it doesn’t involve having to download any shady apps or expensive software. Here’s how…

  1. Paste your YouTube link

    Make your way over to Clideo’s Youtube to Instagram Converter (yep, it works via your web browser!) and tap on the down arrow on the right side of the ‘Choose file’ button.

    A drop-down menu will appear and at the bottom, you’ll see a box asking you to put in a URL. Paste the web link to the YouTube video that you want to convert for Instagram here and the clip will begin uploading to the editor.

    Upload YouTube video you want to post on Instagram

    If, for instance, you can’t remember the YouTube link but you have the original video, you can upload the standard way, via ‘Choose file’ button, which will prompt you to upload from whichever device you’re working from, or via the Dropbox and Google Drive options, which allow you to upload a clip to the tool saved on your cloud storage accounts.

    Please note that all devices are supported by the tool, be it your Mac or Windows computer, iPhone or Android phone as well as the most popular video formats. It also lets you edit files up to 500 MB, totally free.

  2. Edit and resize your clip

    Once the editor opens, select the necessary preset or input custom dimensions for resizing your clip. Under the ‘Resize for’ heading, select Instagram and the post type you want your YouTube video to be formatted for. The tool will crop it accordingly.

    Choose preset to convert YouTube video to Instagram

    Bear in mind that there are sizes prepared for almost all social media posts and ad types. Among them are Instagram Story and IGTV, as well as plenty of others if you’re wanting to convert to a different social media platform, such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter.

    Next, adjust the clip with the zoom and position selectors, if required.

    You might have noticed that you can convert a standard landscape video (such as a music video) into a portrait one and vice versa, but by doing so you may find that there are bars left at the top or the bottom.

    Choose background color to post YouTube on Instagram

    To make them look a little more attractive, click on the ‘paint bucket’ icon in the bottom right of the video tools and select either the Blur option, a solid colour preset or one of your own using a hex code.

    To finish, tap the ‘Resize’ button in the bottom right corner.

  3. Download the result

    Once processed, your new movie will be ready to be posted on Instagram. Give it a preview to make sure it’s exactly how you want it before you download it to your device by tapping the green ‘Download’ button.

    Save YouTube video to post on Instagram

    If you prefer, you can save it back to Dropbox or Google Drive, again, via the down-arrow which will open up the drop-down menu.

    Need to make some changes? Simply hit the ‘Back to edit’ option to be taken right back to the editor.