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Tips for Posting TikTok Videos to Your Instagram Account

TikTok has become an increasingly popular social media application. It is known for allowing users to create short clips and post them with various effects and other fun features to generate likes and followers. Building on the path its predecessor Vine paved, TikTok has revolutionized the video-posting aspect of social media.

What many users particularly love about TikTok is the ease with which they are able to cross-post their videos, especially to Instagram. Given the focus on visuals both apps have, it made sense for TikTok to make it easy to cross-post. Once users learn to cross-post, it can become almost like a reflex action.

So, let’s learn shall we?

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Why Would You Want to Post a TikTok Video to Instagram?

Why Would You Want to Post a TikTok Video to Instagram

One of the key reasons users like to cross-post between social media apps is to generate views, likes and shares across a number of different audiences.

Social media apps often have groups of users with key common characteristics. These audiences also evolve and change over time, so for people looking to get their message (in whatever form that is) out to more people, it makes sense to cross-post their content.

Instagram has proved to be quite popular with younger professionals and the so-called “influencer community.” TikTok also has its own massive influencer community but less of a share of younger professionals.

For Instagram to maintain longevity, it needs younger users. This mutual benefit is reflected in features like cross-posting and is the chief reason why someone would want to post a TikTok video to Instagram

What Is The Difference Between Posting a TikTok Video to Instagram and Sharing a TikTok Video to Instagram?

What Is The Difference Between Posting a TikTok Video to Instagram and Sharing a TikTok Video to Instagram

Whilst the step for doing these processes across the two platforms differs slightly, they largely achieve the same outcome.

Posting your own TikTok video to Instagram and sharing a TikTok video to Instagram means they will both be “on” Instagram for other users to see. In fact, many users may not even notice the difference!

Steps to Share a TikTok Video to Instagram Story or Feed

Steps to Share a TikTok Video to Instagram Story or Feed

Sharing across platforms is not a difficult task! Just follow these steps:

  • Open the TikTok app and click the ”+” icon at the bottom of your screen.
  • Hold the record button to film a video or select Upload to choose any video that you’ve saved on your phone.
  • Once you’ve uploaded the video, select Next.
  • Edit the video or simply select Next again.
  • Tap on the right arrow next to Who can see this video and select the Public option.
  • Select the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select Post.
  • After a few seconds, the video will be posted on TikTok and then you’ll be redirected to your Instagram account. Tap on either Story or Feed option.
  • Now it is shared it with your followers!

Steps to Post a TikTok Video to Instagram Story or Feed?

Steps to Post a TikTok Video to Instagram Story or Feed

When you are posting a TikTok video to your Instagram account’s Story or Feed section, the process involves you actually downloading the video to your device and then uploading it to your Instagram account. So, the video will remain saved on your device somewhere.

Downloading a TikTok Video to Your Android Device

If you own an Android device, posting a TikTok video to your Instagram feed or story is a simple process. Simply:

  1. Open the TikTok app.
  2. Find a video you want to download from TikTok’s home tab, search tab or your own profile.
  3. When you find the video you want to download, long press (hold finger on) the video. Your phone will vibrate and a menu will appear.
  4. Tap Save Video.

Downloading a TikTok Video to Your iPhone or iPad

The TikTok app has a built-in download feature. So simply:

  1. Open the TikTok App.
  2. Search for the video you want to download.
  3. Click the Share button.
  4. Select Save Video.
  5. The video will begin downloading in the background and will be saved locally.
  6. To find the video, open your Photos app and you’ll find the video here.

Uploading the TikTok Video to Instagram

Downloading a TikTok video (as previously outlined) and then adding it to Instagram is just like posting other content on Instagram. Once you have the TikTok video, it’s simply a matter of tapping the squared “+” button at the top of the Instagram homepage and going from there.

It should be noted though that not all TikTok videos that you download and share may be permitted by their creator. While many users want to accumulate likes, shares and comments, some don’t and prefer their content to stay within the original app. Ensure there are no warnings attached to TikTok videos before posting to Instagram and ensure the video doesn’t violate Instagram’s community guidelines either.

Can I Automatically Share My TikTok Videos to Instagram?

Can I Automatically Share My TikTok Videos to Instagram

An easy way to seamlessly post TikTok videos to Instagram is to connect your profiles across accounts. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open TikTok and tap your profile icon in the bottom right corner.
  2. Tap Edit Profile 
  3. Select Add Instagram.
  4. Log into your Instagram account using the pop up window.
  5. Select Allow, and you’re all set!

Problems Sharing a TikTok Video to Instagram?

Problems Sharing a TikTok Video to Instagram

Of course, sometimes sharing a TikTok video doesn’t go to plan. One key is to ensure both Instagram and TikTok are up to date.

If problems persist, deleting and reinstalling either app is a great fix. It’s simply a matter of logging back in when reinstallation is complete. You won’t lose any content when doing this.

Other troubleshooting tips include checking your Internet connection. If it is poor or slow, cross-posting content may be difficult.

Can’t Share a TikTok Video Because the Account Is Set to Private

Can’t Share a TikTok Video Because the Account Is Set to Private

A number of TikTok users (especially younger ones) like to avoid the toxicity, trolling and other forms of online bullying without switching to a private account. To do so, these TikTok accounts tweak their account settings to offer some protection while still getting their content out there. 

If an account is set to private, though, videos from that account can’t be shared to other apps by others, nor downloaded.

TikTok Gives an Error When Sharing Video to Instagram

TikTok Gives an Error When Sharing Video to Instagram

One of the most common fixes for error messages when trying to cross-post content between TikTok and Instagram is to simply clear TikTok’s cache.

The cache stores small files of content from accounts you’ve visited to speed up your TikTok app. It’s like the cache prepares the app’s content by preloading. The only problem with this is that it takes up space and can cause problems with the app, such as error messages for sharing.

TikTok Doesn’t Share the Full Video to Instagram

TikTok Doesn’t Share the Full Video to Instagram

Continuing this topic about speeding up the app and making the user experience as smooth as possible, it’s important to know that TikTok is notorious for truncating user videos when they are cross-posted to Instagram.

To avoid this, users should download the video first. Downloading the video from TikTok, as opposed to simply sharing, means users have the full video at their disposal. Simply follow the steps mentioned above according to your device to download videos from TikTok.

So, there you have it. After reading this, you’re now an expert in how to share and post TikTok videos to Instagram. Maybe you’ll even be able to show your kids a thing or two!

If you enjoyed the information or have other hints and tips that worked for you let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!

— Sean