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How to Post a Long Video on Instagram

How to Post a Long Video on Instagram

Instagram is currently one of the biggest online platforms for sharing videos and images. Millions of subscribers post their videos every day, and that’s why it has become so important to know how to do it the right way.

If you’ve tried to upload a long video and weren’t sure how to do so, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ll give you all the answers relating to videos and how to upload them to Instagram successfully.

How to Post a Long Video on Instagram

Instagram has made the uploading process easy, however, videos can only be 60 seconds long, and you can only upload them from your phone. You can upload videos via these options:

  1. Post
  2. Story
  3. IGTV
  4. Reels

When it comes to Posts and Stories, you can upload up to 60 seconds of video, while IGTV works well with long-form content features. IGTV is the perfect place for posting longer videos, and if you prefer lengthy videos, you should upload them using your computer, as on a phone, it can take up to 15 minutes.

How to Post a Long Video on Your Instagram Story

Should you want to post a new video on your Instagram Story, here’s how you can do so:

  1. Open your Instagram app.
  2. Open your profile page.
  3. Tap on the “+” in the upper right corner.
  4. Choose the video you want to upload.
  5. If you want to record a video, tap on the camera icon, hold the circle to start recording and release when you want to stop.
  6. Once you’re done recording, you can add some filters, text, or emojis.
  7. Then, tap on “Send To” and “Your Story.”

If you want to post longer videos, you’ll have to use your video editing tools to cut down your video into small 60-second pieces. That way, you can upload all of them at once and have your video available to your followers.

How to Post a Full Video on Instagram

The best way to post a full video on Instagram is to publish it in parts. You can use your phone’s editing tools to cut your videos into small 15-second pieces and post them in a specific order. This way, all your content will be out there regardless of its original length.

How to Post a Long Video to IGTV

You can upload a long video to IGTV using either your computer or smartphone. However, it’s often easier to use your computer since it allows you to employ various tools to edit your videos on advanced levels.

If you want to post a long video on IGTV from your computer, here’s how to do so:

  1. Open your Instagram desktop app.
  2. Go to your profile page.
  3. Click on “IGTV” and “Get Started” to create your IGTV channel.
  4. On the last step, click “Create Channel.”
  5. Now, you can click on “Upload.”
  6. Fill in all the details about your new video and a cover photo.
  7. Decide if you want it to be visible on your Facebook.
  8. Click on “Post.”

How to Post a Long Video to Instagram on Android and iPhone

Instagram have created an app for publishing IGTV videos as some users find it easier to upload their videos there. However, it’s still possible to use the native Instagram app for those who prefer it. Here’s how you can post a long video to IGTV from your Android or iPhone device:

  1. Open your Instagram app.
  2. Tap on your profile icon and the “+” icon on the upper right corner.
  3. Select an “IGTV Video” and choose a video from your Camera Roll (if you’re using iPhone) or Gallery (if you’re using Android).
  4. Click “Next.”
  5. Decide on the cover image your video will have, a title, and a description.
  6. Click on “Post,” and your video is public.

How to Post a Video Longer than One Minute to Instagram Without IGTV

If you want to post a longer video to your Feed, you’ll have to upload the same video several times and trim it so that it flows continually. Since each section can have up to 60 seconds, you can crop one 10-minute video into ten short ones, and then you will be able to post all of it. Here’s how the process works:

  1. Create a video using your camera.
  2. According to its length, save it multiple times.
  3. Upload videos through Instagram Post with multiple elements.
  4. Trim every video to create a natural flow.
  5. Tap “Share.”

How to Post a Video Link on Instagram


Now, it’s possible to post an IGTV video in an Instagram Story and to promote it with a link that everyone could use to access your video. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open your Instagram app.
  2. Open a new Story and click on the link icon on the top of the screen.
  3. Choose one of the videos from your IGTV channel.
  4. Tap on “Done.”

Your video will have its preview with a swipe up link in your stories so that every follower can watch its beginning and continue on your IGTV channel.

Additional FAQ

What Is the Maximum Length of a Video on Instagram?

Instagram Stories are limited in length and can only last up to 15 seconds, but since you can create multiple clips, they can last a lot longer than 15 seconds in total.

IGTV videos can last up to 60 minutes but only if you’re uploading them from your computer since if you’re using your phone, they can vary from 15 seconds to 10 minutes.

Instagram Feed ranges from 3 to 60 seconds – that’s the absolute maximum, while Instagram Live Broadcast can last up to 60 minutes.

What Is the Size Limit for Videos on Instagram?

When it comes to video size limits, Instagram decided that 10-minute videos could be up to 650MB in size. IGTV videos that last up to 60 minutes can go up to 3.6GB. All videos should have a minimum frame rate of 30 FPS and 720 pixels resolution.

How Long Should Your Videos Be on Instagram?

Depending on your content, the ideal video length on Instagram is between 25 seconds and around 3 minutes.

Ready, Set, Record


Instagram is one of the most developed online platforms for sharing video content. They’ve optimized their video sections to be more intuitive, but most of them are still quite overwhelming.

Now that you know more about managing your video size on Instagram, you can create better content and ensure your profile’s improved visibility. How often do you post videos? Have you tried uploading long videos on IGTV? Or do you prefer posting photos?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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Jessie Richardson

Jan 18, 2021

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