In recent years, videos have become the predominant forms of modern storytelling on the social media, like YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook. And this trend is getting bigger.

You made an amazing video and uploaded it to YouTube and now you also want to post YouTube video on Instagram to get more shares. However, it isn't possible yet for Instagram to post your YouTube videos directly.

Post YouTube Video to Instagram

For YouTube videos published to Instagram, you have to download the video, adjust it to the Instagram's video requirements and then finally post it. Here we are going to take you through all the steps you'll need to take in the following article.

Step 1. Download YouTube Videos

Before posting videos from YouTube to Instagram, you need to download YouTube videos to your Android, iPhone, or computer first. You can use a desktop program or an online service to do this. Today we will introduce you a free online service to stream YouTube videos into a file on your device.

A great example of free YouTube video downloading service is VideoSolo Online Video Downloader. It can quickly and easily download videos and files from sites other than YouTube (Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram). The videos can be optimized for playback on almost all kinds of media players and devices. This free and safe tool works nicely with all major browsers, including Google Chrome, FireFox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge.

Since Instagram only allows users to upload videos from phone or tablet now, let's mainly focus on how to use this VideoSolo Online Video Downloader to download YouTube videos on Android and iPhone/iPad.

1. Downloading YouTube Video to Android

Open your mobile browser and head over to the VideoSolo Online Video Downloader official site. It includes a single field front and center where users can paste a link. Simply copy the URL for the YouTube video you want to download, paste it into the platform's input box and click the "Download" below to analysis the URL.

Copy YouTube Link in Android

Before starting to download the file you first have to specify to which video format and quality you'd like to convert the YouTube video. Then click the corresponding "Download" button and your video will begin downloading immediately — it's that easy.

Download YouTube Video in Android

2. Downloading YouTube Video to iPhone/iPad

To use VideoSolo Online Video Downloader to download YouTube videos to iPhone/iPad is somewhat complex. You need to search a third party app named "Documents" from App Store and download it to your iPhone/iPad. Then search for in this app.

Open Downloader in Documents iPhone

Now open the video from YouTube you want to download and go to its URL. Go back to the "Documents", paste the URL onto the insert box of VideoSolo Online Video Downloader page. Tap black "Download" button to decode the URL.

Copy YouTube Link in iPhone

After that, scroll down the page and you'll see a few options to choose from like Format, Quality, Video-only. Choose the appropriate one and press the green "Download" button. A pop-up window appear where you can select the output folder in Documents for saving your video. Finally, hit "Save" on the upper right corner and waiting for the video downloading from YouTube to your iPhone/iPad.

Download YouTube Video in iPhone

Step 2. Adjust Downloaded File to Meet the Instagram's Video Requirements

As you probably know, Instagram has its own special requirements of video posting, specific as follows:

Video length: 3 secs - 60 secs

Video Resolution: Maximum 1920 x 1080

Preferred Video Format: MP4 and MOV. (with H.264 Codec & AAC audio, 3,500 kbps video bitrate)

Frame Rate: 30fps or below

Maximum Dimensions: 1080px Wide

Playback Length: Maximum of 60 seconds

Filesize Limit: 15MB max

If the YouTube video you downloaded that cannot meet the Instagram's Video requirements, you have to adjust it before posting your Instagram account. It will be much easier if you use a PC or Mac-based video editing software to convert video to Instagram.

At first you need to download the YouTube video on Windows/Mac. The procedure is almost identical as previous Android downloading steps, the only differences being that you need to open YouTube and downloading tool in desktop browser and not the native app.

Then, after converting the video using VideoSolo Online Video Downloader, adjust the video and transfer it from computer to your phones and post it to Instagram directly.

Step 3. Post the YouTube Video to Instagram

The final step of posting YouTube videos to Instagram is the easiest. Once you got the eligible YouTube video for Instagram on your Android phone/iPhone/iPad, the file should be already placed on your Camera Roll, so you just need to open the Instagram and tap on the "+" icon on the bottom of Instagram app.

Then tap "Library" (iPhone) or "Gallery" (Android) on the bottom left of the screen, choose the video file from your Camera Roll, and click on "next" to post to your Instagram account. Click on "Next" and proceed to add a description to your post as well as tags that will enable you to get a wider followers.

iPhone Library and Android Gallery

Notice: It is important to keep in mind that downloading any YouTube videos should be strictly for your own personal use, or you risk violating a number of privacy and copyright laws.


If you're ready to post YouTube video to Instagram, you need to clear about if the downloaded video file from YouTube meets the Instagram's video requirements.

If it does meet, simply post it on your phone. If not, you will need a video editing software. The procedure will be: selecting the video from YouTube, downloading it to computer with VideoSolo Online Video Downloader, changing video parameters to the right value, transferring video to phone, then posting it to Instagram on phone.