How to Share YouTube Videos on an Instagram Story?

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Share YouTube Videos on an Instagram Story?

YouTube videos are enjoyable, but sharing them with your followers on an Instagram story is even more enjoyable.

If you don’t know how to do that, then let me show you:

  1. Copy the YouTube video link of the YouTube video you want to share
  2. Open your Instagram app and go to your profile
  3. Tap once again on your profile picture and select “Add to Your Story”
  4. Tap on the “Create” button
  5. Tap on the little sticker icon at the top of your screen
  6. Click the “Link” sticker from the list
  7. A new interface will open up where you can paste a YouTube link
  8. Tap on “Done,” and that’s it

Nothing simpler – just copy the link, create a story, use the Link sticker, and paste the link. But check out the guide below if you need further instructions!

How to Share YouTube Video on Instagram Story

Don’t You Need 10,000 Followers to Share YouTube Videos on Instagram?

Up until a few months ago, you did.

But recently, the social media platform allowed any Instagram user to share YouTube videos, regardless of their follower count.

You don’t need to have 10,000 followers anymore.

Previously, you would need to indirectly send your followers to the YouTube link by directing them to your profile.

Instagram ads were another way to share YouTube videos on Instagram if you didn’t have 10,000 followers.

But now, everyone can do it through the Story feature.

Copy the video’s link and use the “Link” sticker in the story feature to post the link to your audience!

Moreover, Instagram made the “Link” sticker available to all users in October 2021.

Guide on Sharing a YouTube Video on an Instagram Story

First, you’ll want to copy the link to the YouTube video. If you’re on a phone, you’ll want to tap the “Share” icon on the video.

Screenshot showing how you can share YouTube videos on Instagram
Share YouTube videos on Instagram

Then, tap on the “Copy link” button, and there you have it. You’ve copied the YouTube video link!

Now open your Instagram app and go to your profile (profile picture in the bottom-right corner of your screen).

Once you’re there, tap again on your profile picture and select “Add to Your Story.”

Image showing how to add elements to your Instagram story.
Instagram – Add to Your Story

Next up, tap on the “Create” button. If it doesn’t show up, tap the little arrow pointing down on the left side of the screen (see below).

Screenshot showing how to create a new Instagram story
Create a new Instagram story

After that, the camera will switch up a bit and show new menus.

You want to tap on the little sticker icon at the top of your screen.

Image showing how to add links to an Instagram story
Instagram – Post a link to a story

Then, click the “Link” sticker from the list.

Remember the YouTube link you copied earlier? Paste it here! A new interface will open up where you can paste a YouTube link.

Now tap on “Done,” and that’s it.

The YouTube video (with a link) will become a sticker in your new story.

The final step is readjusting everything, adding text, a thumbnail, or other content that may attract your followers, and tapping “Your Story.”

Image showing a YouTube video link appearing in an Instagram story
YouTube video link on Instagram

That’s it! Your YouTube video is posted as an Instagram story and will appear as an Instagram video.

This is a real handy feature that’s easy to use and quite accessible. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section and I’ll reply soon!


Why did the Swipe Up button disappear on Instagram?

When making the “Link” feature accessible to all users, Instagram decided to eliminate the “Swipe Up” button that would redirect users to third-party websites.

It wasn’t needed anymore, and for good reasons.

What you could do with the “Swipe Up” you can now do with the “Link” feature.

It’s all good news for every Instagram user.

Why is the Link sticker not on my Instagram?

Instagram brought this change to the platform in October 2021, so you need an updated Instagram app to use the link sticker.

If your Instagram app is outdated, it won’t show the Link sticker.

Simply update your app from the Play Store or Google apps to fix this.

When you start up Instagram again, it’ll have the Link sticker.

Why isn’t the Link sticker working on Instagram?

One common reason the Link sticker isn’t working for you is that Instagram hasn’t verified your Instagram account.

Other reasons may include – a full Instagram cache, a weak internet connection, bugs, a faulty app, or a faulty device.

Try force-quitting Instagram and restarting, and see if that does anything.

Alternatively, you can try rebooting your device and reinstalling Instagram to see if it does anything.

You could talk to customer services to find a solution if nothing else works.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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