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How To Repost Videos on Instagram

Posted by Sydney on January 23, 2018

Instagram is all about telling your personal story. As far as they’re concerned, if you’re sharing an image, then you created it.

Unlike other social media apps, Instagram doesn’t encourage users to share other users’ content. In fact, they don’t include any options for sharing posts from your feed to your profile. However, there are ways to get your favorite posts from your feed to your followers.

One easy and popular way for sharing other people’s content is taking a screenshot of the content and sharing it as a new post. However, this isn’t going to help you share your favorite videos. Thankfully, there’s still a way you can get those videos out there. You just need to get a little creative.

Embed a Post

If you have a blog or website that you enjoy sharing content to, then consider sharing a favorite Instagram post here. Instagram makes it easy to access a code for embedding your chosen post into an article or onto a page. Note that you need to be accessing the Instagram website in order to get the embed code, so put aside your phone and find a computer.

  1. Go to your Instagram feed.
  2. Tap on the options icon. 
  3. Tap Embed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  4. Choose whether or not to include a caption.
  5. Tap Copy Embed Code.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  6. Paste the code into the appropriate location on your website or blog.

Share Across Platforms

Strangely, Instagram may not allow you to repost favorite posts to your Instagram profile. However, they do allow you to share favorite Instagram posts to your other social media accounts. Do this by copying and sharing a URL for the post in question. This can be done from either the Instagram app or the desktop site.

Instagram App:

  1. Locate the post you want to share.
  2. Tap on the options icon. 
  3. Tap Copy Link.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  4. Go to the social media app of choice for sharing.
  5. Start a new post.
  6. Tap and hold your finger on the text space to bring up the paste option.                                                                                                                                            
  7. Tap Paste.
  8. Share!

Desktop Site:

  1. Locate the post you want to share.
  2. Tap on the options icon. 
  3. Tap Go to Post.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  4. Copy the URL for the page that opens up.                                                                                                                                                                
  5. Paste this URL into a social media post of your choice.

Send a Direct Message

Instagram doesn’t want you to have a bunch of posts under your profile that aren’t really yours. However, they are all for sharing cool content with your friends. They make it easy to share posts via Instagram direct message. Note that this can only be done from the app as direct messaging isn’t available on either the mobile or desktop websites.

  1. Locate the post you want to share.
  2. Tap on the message icon. 
  3. Tap on a recipient (or recipients).
  4. Tap Send.

If the account is private, only those people with access to the account can actually view the message. This goes for sharing on other social media sites as well. There’s no way to publicly share a private post.

Use a Reposting App

In the age of social media, we now have whole apps dedicated to performing basic functions for specific social media platforms. Some apps make it possible to mass delete posts, some make it possible to more efficiently organize feeds, and some make it possible to repost your favorite Instagram content.

In fact, there are multiple apps dedicated to this last purpose, but they all function similarly. Two in particular, Instarepost and Repost for Instagram, work exactly the same way, and they’re free and easy to use. We used Repost for Instagram as an example.

  1. Locate and download the app from the app store.
  2. Launch the app.
  3. Tap Open Instagram.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  4. Tap Open to confirm.
  5. Tap the options icon. 
  6. Tap Copy Link.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  7. Close Instagram and open the repost app back up.
  8. Tap on the post that appears. It should be the one you selected.                                                                                                                                        
  9. Adjust the look of the watermark. You can change the shading and location.                                                                                                                        
  10. Tap Repost.

Note that you can pay extra if you want the ability to remove watermarks altogether. However, we don’t recommend this. It’s one thing to share cool content from your favorite users. It’s quite another to try and pass someone else’s material off as your own.

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