How To Go Viral With YouTube Videos on Instagram Stories

Hey there! Are you looking to explode your Instagram audience and reach? ☝️

Well you, my friend, have come to the right place. 😎

Sharing YouTube videos on Instagram stories can seriously pump up your views and engagement.

But you can’t just copy and paste URLs and expect viral success.

In this jam-packed guide, you’ll learn the insider tricks used by today’s top social media managers to optimize YouTube videos for Instagram and captivate millions of daily story viewers. πŸ“ˆ

Why YouTube + Instagram Stories = Digital Gold

First, let me show you the immense opportunity here.

Over 500 million Instagram users watch stories every single day. That‘s more daily viewers than Netflix and YouTube combined!

These ephemeral story posts also generate 10x more replies than regular Instagram feed posts.

And YouTube? Over 2 billion monthly viewers–and growing.

Mash these two red-hot platforms together and you‘ve got digital dynamite ready to explode! 🧨

But YOU hold the match. The techniques you use to share YouTube videos on Instagram make all the difference.

Apply my advanced tactics below, and you could ignite an viral social media blaze! πŸ”₯

Method 1 – Resize & Upload: Step-By-Step

Reshaping your YouTube videos specifically for Instagram before uploading directly is the most effective approach.

I‘ll walk you through exactly how to reformat and optimize for success:

Step 1 – Copy YouTube Link

Always start directly on your phone:

  • πŸ“± Open the YouTube app
  • ▢️ Play the video you want to share
  • πŸ‘‡ Tap the "Share" icon below the video frame
  • πŸ“‹ Select "Copy link" to save URL
[iOS YouTube Share Icon Screenshot] [Android YouTube Share Menu Screenshot]

This copies the video‘s unique YouTube URL to paste later.

Step 2 – Paste Link & Download

Now hop over to your mobile web browser:

  • πŸ”Ž Go to
  • πŸ“‹ Paste copied YouTube URL into the search box
  • πŸ‘‡ Hit "Start" to initialize the video download

I recommend yt5s for fast, mobile-friendly YouTube video downloads.

[Mobile Screenshot]

When options appear, choose "MP4 1080p" for best results. This downloads the full HD version into your camera roll video album.

Step 3 – Trim & Resize for Stories

Here comes the video editing magic:

  • πŸ“² Open your camera roll and launch the MP4
  • βœ‚οΈ Tap "Edit" and select the crop tool
  • πŸŽ₯ Resize frame from 16:9 to 9:16 vertical
  • ➿ Trim length if needed to fit 60 second limit

Experiment with different crops and rotations until it fills the screen. You may need to zoom and pan across still images.

[iOS Video Edit Screenshots]

[Android Video Edit Screenshots]

This custom resizing and trimming prepares your YouTube video to shine in the Instagram story feed.

Step 4 – Upload to Instagram

Lastly, embed your expertly edited YouTube video into a fresh story post:

  • πŸ“± Open Instagram and tap the "+" story icon
  • πŸ—‚ Select the resized YouTube video from your camera roll
  • πŸ–Š Customize with text, stickers if desired
  • πŸš€ Share story as usual for your audience
[Upload to Instagram Story Screenshots]

And voila! Your YouTube video now looks like native Instagram video content.

Method 2 – Link Stickers: Simple Sharing

If downloading and resizing seems like too much work, here‘s a shortcut to get YouTube videos into Instagram stories:

Step 1 – Copy YouTube Link

Same initial step as Method 1:

  • ▢️ Play the YouTube video you want
  • πŸ‘‡ Tap "Share" icon
  • πŸ“‹ Select "Copy link"

This grabs the URL to paste into Instagram.

Step 2 – Create Story Image/Video

Instead of the video itself, upload an attention-grabbing image to your Instagram story:

  • The YouTube video‘s thumbnail
  • A custom graphic promoting the content
  • An intriguing text phrase or question

This sets the stage for the link sticker.

Step 3 – Access Link Sticker

When adding elements to your story, locate the link sticker:

  • πŸ“Ž Tap icon to open sticker tray
  • πŸ”— Choose the "link" option

Drag and drop wherever you want over your image/text.

Step 4 – Paste Link & Customize

Time to put that copied YouTube URL to use:

  • πŸ“‹ Long press the "Add link here" text
  • πŸ‘‡ Paste in full YouTube video link
  • ✏️ Customize link text if desired

For example:

"Learn How I Grew My Channel
to 1 Million Subscribers πŸ‘‡"

Short, catchy text encourages viewers to swipe up.

Step 5: Post & Watch Views Rise!

Complete posting your sticker-enhanced story:

  • Adding any other elements you want
  • πŸš€ Share as usual for your audience

When viewers see your intriguing image and text, the curiosity will be palpable. When they swipe up and tap to watch the full YouTube video from inside the Instagram app, their convenience and satisfaction will be through the roof!

So there you have it! Now you‘re equipped to harness the strength of YouTube, reformat videos for Instagram stories, and maximize your reach and results.

As you test these methods, pay close attention to what video types, lengths, and stickers generate the most views, replies, and shares. Refining based on such data is how the top social media experts regularly viral eruptions!

The more you tailor content to match rising Instagram trends, stick to the step-by-step video optimization process, and provoke emotional responses…the faster your audience and influence will grow.

Soon YouTube stars will be asking to collab with YOU! πŸ˜ŽπŸ€πŸ†

Let me know if have any other questions!

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