Why is it so challenging to repost on Instagram?
Interacting with your followers, engaging with their content, and sharing amazing material is what social media is all about. Unfortunately, while most social media channels provide the option to reshare the content that you enjoy with one click of a button, there’s one network that goes against the grain.
It turns out that Instagram isn’t just unique because it’s the most popular visual social channel in the world. It’s also the only channel that makes it incredibly tough to repost content that you like online.
Why would Instagram do this?
Because it wants all the content on the platform to be relevant and unique. In other words, they don’t want you to just take what other people post and rehash it on your own account. No matter how good that content might be.
The good news, just because reposting on Instagram is tough – doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
All you need is a little creativity, and the guidance we have below!
#Regram – Why Repost on Instagram?
Before we get to the nitty-gritty of how to repost on Instagram, let’s consider why you would want to do that in the first place.
After all, why repost on Instagram when you can spend your time creating unique content instead?
There are several answers to this question:
- You can fill your Instagram profile with curated content that shows your personality and industry expertise. Sometimes it helps to show your community that you’re paying attention to the world around you.
- You get to collaborate with interesting people: Reposting content can be an excellent way to build collaborations with social influencers and other brands.
- You benefit from UGC social proof: Today’s customers want evidence that your brand cares about them. With user-generated content, you should that you’re not just using Instagram to make your voice heard – you’re also genuinely listening to your customers.
User-generated content both enhances brand trust and increases your potential of social sales. Consumers who interact with UGC are 161% more likely to buy from your business.
How to Repost on Instagram Manually
As mentioned above, you won’t be able to post to Instagram from within the app itself. It’s difficult to know for sure why Instagram won’t give us this feature. However, the good news is that third-party repost apps and work-around solutions still make #Regramming possible.
For instance, perhaps the easiest way to repost on Instagram is through screenshots. You may already be familiar with the process of taking a screenshot. If not, don’t panic.
If you’re not sure how to take a screenshot on your smartphone, search for the model, and make online. You should be able to find a basic guide that tells you how to collect visual data on your phone.
To Repost on Instagram manually:
- Take a screenshot on your mobile device
- Crop the image to exclude everything but the photo
- Click on the Instagram camera icon to upload your screenshot
- Post your picture with a caption that references the original creator
Unfortunately, there are a couple of downsides to manually reposting on Instagram. For instance, the photo quality will reduce each time a screenshot is taken. This is because you’re not using the original product. You’re just using a copy of the original.
Even cropping out the app interface in your shot is enough to reduce the quality of your image.
On top of that, screenshots only work for photos, not video content.
Using Instagram Repost Apps for Photo and Video Content
So, what if you want to repost both photos and videos?
Well, in that case, you’re going to need to check out some popular Instagram repost apps. These tools are created by third-party companies to help you #Regram content that will build your brand.
Here are some of the top options:
1. Repost for Instagram
Popular among both iOS and Android users, Repost for Instagram makes it easy to deliver the content you love to your target audience. All you need to do is use the Instagram app to find the video or picture you want to repost. Click the three grey dots in the right corner and choose the “Copy Link” option:
Tap on “Get Copied Link,” to open the image in the Repost for Instagram app. Tap Repost and the caption will be copied directly to your clipboard. You can also choose to add a watermark with the original username on it. In the popup window that appears, click on Open in Instagram. Go through the following process of cropping the image, adding your filter, and completing your caption, then hit Share.
Regrammer is another excellent option for downloading Instagram pictures and videos. Like Repost for Instagram, it’s focused on making sharing content easier. All you need to do is download the application to get started. To use Regrammer:
- Copy the link from the Instagram content you want to repost
- Return to Regrammer and enter the app home screen
- Click Preview to see the post stripped of any likes, usernames, comments, and frames.
- Edit the post to suit your needs (remember to include a reference in the caption)
- Click the blue button that says Share
Although there are a lot of Instagram repost apps out there, Downloadgram is best-known for helping users to share videos and IGTV content. The best news? You don’t have to download anything to use it. Unlike other apps that suck up your phone data, Downloadgram allows users to share photos and videos using their browser instead. Here’s how you use it:
- Open Instagram and find a video, photo, or IGTV post that you want to #Regram.
- Tap the “…” icon in the upper right of the app to get the URL
- Paste the post’s URL into DownloadGram.com and choose the Download button.
- Download the post: You’ll go to a new page where your content is ready to download. Tap the Download icon and tap Save Image
- Return to Instagram: Your picture should save automatically to the phone’s camera roll, so you can edit it just as you would a standard photo. Don’t forget to add a filter if you’re permitted to do so, and crop the image as necessary.
- Add captions and hashtags to your post: As usual, remember to @mention the person who created the content. You can also include hashtags to make your content rank more effectively.
How to Repost on Instagram Stories
According to Instagram case studies, Stories on the platform are more than just a fun way to connect with followers. Your Stories and Story ads increase ad recall, message association, and purchase intent.
Using Instagram Stories is an essential part of developing an engaged following on Instagram and building up your community. So, what if you view some Stories content by another user that you want to share with your followers?
Do you know how to repost on Instagram Stories?
Reposting on Stories when You’re Tagged
Thanks to an update to Instagram released in 2018, it’s possible to quickly and easily share Stories that other users have tagged you in. If a friend tags you in their content, you’ll receive a DM from Instagram that lets you know, and you can repost that story within the next 24 hours.
- Go into your Instagram Direct Messages
- Open the alter telling you that you’ve been @mentioned in a story
- Tap Add This to Your Story
- Add additional tags, stickers, and text as if creating your content
- Remember to reference or @mention the original creator
Reposting on Stories when You Aren’t Tagged
If you’re using the native Instagram app, then you can only save and repost Stories that a user has linked you to with an @mention. Instagram sees the @tag as evidence that you have permission to post the story. However, if you have permission from a user to repost their content, but not a mention, you can use an iPhone workaround to record their Story.
Go to the Settings page and click on Control Center, then Customize Controls.
- Tap the “+” sign next to Screen Recording- This adds the screen recorder to your swipe screen. That’s where you’ll also find your camera, flashlights, and other shortcuts.
- Find the story you want to record and swipe up to hit the red Record button.
- Swipe back down to return to your Story. Your phone will automatically record everything on the screen, including sound.
Rules to Follow When You Repost to Instagram
Instagram deliberately makes it difficult to #Regram your follower’s content.
Some users believe that this makes reposting against the Instagram terms of service. However, Instagram states that each person has control over their own content. This means that another person can permit you to use their content if they want to.
With that in mind, here are the rules you need to follow when you repost to Instagram.
1. Obtain Permission
Make sure that you clarify the content that you want to share, and let the person know that you’ll respect their rules.
2. Avoid Significant Edits
Getting permission for your repost on Instagram is essential. However, it’s also essential to respect the guidelines of the original content. There’s nothing wrong with cropping the photo to get rid of the Instagram UI. However, don’t add multiple filters, logos, or graphics to the piece.
Make sure that the content remains as true to form as possible. If you know you want to change something about it, make sure that you ask for permission from the owner.
3. Always Credit the Owner
Secondly, you must always give full credit to the person who created the contest. Even if they permitted you to repost to Instagram, you need to let people know who the original material came from. The easiest way to credit a creator is to use the @mention symbol.
Since flattery gets you everywhere, it’s also a good idea to compliment the person who created the post too. Explain why you thought the image or video was too good to share and let everyone know how much you value the original creator. This could even help you build a relationship for influence purposes.
4. Don’t Use the Content Anywhere butt Instagram
Importantly, just because someone gives you their permission to reuse their content on Instagram, doesn’t mean you can do what you want with it. The material that people post on Insta belongs to them. If the original poster doesn’t explicitly outline that you have the freedom to publish the content wherever you like, make sure that you stick to their rules.
You can get yourself into some serious legal trouble if you start using the same photos on your other social media accounts, like Twitter and Facebook.
You’re Ready to Repost on Instagram!
While it’s always essential to invest time and effort into creating unique content on Instagram, don’t underestimate the value of a good old’ repost. There’s a reason why the term #Regram is so popular among the social media community. People love user-generated content, and they adore brands that are willing to share pictures from their followers.
Used correctly, reposting on Instagram can accelerate the growth of your brand and business. However, you need to do it correctly so that you don’t get into trouble with the person who formerly made the post.
Following the steps above, you’ll know how only how to repost on Instagram, but how to do it in such a way that you don’t end up in trouble!