Liking, commenting and sharing are all part of our daily vocabulary in the social media era.
However, one social media app doesn’t allow you to easily ‘share’ content from other users on the app.
There is no conventional way to actually repost or ‘regram’ an Instagram post like there is a share button on Facebook or a retweet option on Twitter.
So how do you put a video onto your profile in appreciation of the original video posted by someone else?
Instagram users can now technically share other Instagrams with their friends, but this is via a direct message, so the problem is how do you share to all your Instagram followers?
It is widely known that you can screenshot a picture to repost or use regram apps, but how do you repost videos?
There’s an app for that
Literally, there is an app generated specifically for this exact problem of sharing videos from Instagram.
I swear our ancestors must look down on us in disdain.
The apps work by the URL of the Instagram post you want to repost.
So as you’re scrolling and double tapping you may come across something so cool you want it for your own profile to show your own followers.
You don’t want to pass it off as your own and want to give the appropriate credit to the original Instagram account.
Click the three grey dots at the top right corner of the Instagram post – it should be across from the username.
Then a menu should come up with one of the options being to ‘copy link’ of the Instagram post.
Click that and it will tell you that the link is copied to the clipboard.
The reposting app you have downloaded will then detect that you have copied a link and will pop up to ask if you want to repost it that instant or save it for later.
The original Instagram poster’s username will be embedded in the picture or video and the caption will be copied to your post.
Do it the old fashioned way
If this all seems too complicated for you then you could just take a screenshot of the Instagram you want to repost.
Take the screenshot, then go through the motions of putting up a regular Instagram post but just choose your screenshot.
You should make sure you credit the correct original poster in the caption or tag them in the photo, and maybe ask permission to use their content.
With this method you are limited to reposting pictures only, so use the reposting apps if you want to spread a video to your followers.
Sharing Insta’s off Instagram
If you’re dying to share an Instagram post with your wider social media audience, you can.
Sharing Instagrams over Twitter and Facebook can be annoying but it is sure to drive people to that person’s Instagram, which gives them more satisfaction than you ripping their stuff.
You can copy a post’s URL by clicking the three grey dots and copying the link to your clipboard.
All you have to do then is share this link across your other social media profiles.