Reposting on Instagram is quite common yet only a few people know how to do it. It is an essential skill if you want to promote your business using Instagram. While posting your own pictures is highly encouraged, there are times when you need to post other people’s content. Don’t get me wrong. Posting other people’s pictures on Instagram is not stealing as long as you fulfill two things: you have the picture owner’s permission to repost their picture and you have properly credited the original owner in the post.
Now that I have cleared that up, let us go into the actual process of reposting. Saving an image from Instagram is forbidden. You could have tried that already and failed. Instagram has set up some mechanisms preventing photos from being stolen. In fact, their posts don’t have a report or share feature. The only share feature available on Instagram is the option to share images to Facebook and the option to share photos via direct message. There is also a tagging option but that’s about it. This goes to show how vigilant the platform is when it comes to image shares. With this, you may need to exert some extra effort just to repost some images. Don’t worry. All the processes will be covered in this article. In fact, you’ll learn 7 ways on how you can repost a picture on Instagram.
METHOD #1: Using Apps to Repost in Instagram
There are several apps that you can use to repost pictures on Instagram. Here are some apps that stood out to me.
Repost for Instagram App
You may have been looking for ways on how to repost pictures on Instagram. If you have searched for this in Google Play Store or the App Store, you may have seen the app called Repost for Instagram. The app does what it promises. It allows you to load Instagram into its platform and allows you to share the images (an option that is not present in the Instagram app itself). Just load the image and tap the 3 gray dots on top to share. Once you have done this, you are given the post URL of that image. You can then post this into your own profile or schedule it for future posting.
Another app that is worth looking into the Regram app. This instantly credits the original owner. Again, it has its own platform that is similar to that Instagram feed. But in here, there is a repost option. It is important to note that it also has a like option and whatever you do in this app will also be done in your main account on Instagram.
I personally suggest using Regram app. This allows you to instantly credit the author. I think that all shares should be done this way. The best part is that you can also tag the original author informing them about what you have done. This will show them that someone had shared their picture.
METHOD #2: Reposting Through a Picture’s Share
URL.Every photo posted on Instagram has its unique Share URL. This allows you to share all of Instagram’s content on Facebook and Twitter. Now, if you want to learn how to repost photos in the Instagram platform itself, you can use this. But it will require multiple steps.
First, go to the Share URL provided by Instagram. You can go to the 3 gray dots in the upper-right corner of the image. Once you click on that, you’ll receive a notification that you have copied the share URL to your clipboard.
From here, all you need to do is paste this URL in your social media platform. I prefer Facebook. I just put the share URL in the space provided and post the image.
Once you have done that, you’ll get a preview of the post. Post it on Facebook and you now have successfully shared and credited the author upon posting.
Now if you like to post the image on Instagram, there is another step. You need to go to your Facebook post and save the image that you have just posted. Only then can you post that image on Instagram.
Again, this is another way to bypass Instagram’s wall when it comes to sharing images. But that doesn’t mean that you can freely share images as you wish. Always credit the original author of he image.
METHOD #3: Use the Embed Code of the Image
Another feature that images on Instagram have is the embed feature. This means that you can embed images from Instagram into your blog. So if your goal is to repost a picture so that you can use it on your blog, you can just head over to the embed feature straight away.
To do this, you can just click on the three gray dots on the lower right corner of the post and choose the word Embed. Then, you have the option to include the original caption of the post. You also have the option to remove it. From here, click on Copy Embed Code.
Now, pasting the embed code in your site is easy. In fact, you can post it straight away on the post area in your WordPress site. It is accepted where HTML is accepted. And if you know a bit about code editing, you can easily paste the embed code within your site. This means that you can post this code no matter what type of blogging platform you are using. It doesn’t matter if it is WordPress, Blogger, Typepad or others. As long as it accepts HTML, you can use this code.
Now how can you use this code if you plan to post the image on your Instagram profile? Well, you can go the long route of posting the image into your site and then copying the image to your Instagram page. When the image is posted in your site, you can click save image as. Then once it is saved into your system, you can upload it on Instagram.
METHOD #4: Take a Screenshot and Repost a Picture
Let me tell you a secret. Every mobile device have a way to capture their screens. This can vary depending on the model of your smartphone. For some, you may need to click home and the power button in tandem (iOS). For others, you can just click the home button with a screenshot option (Sony). Other Android phones require you to hit the volume down and power button at the same time.
NOTE: To know how to do screenshots using your smartphone, simply search for your phone’s model online along with the keywords “how to screenshot”. You’ll get the process that is tailored for your phone.
Once you find out how, you can simply hover over the image that you like to repost and take a screenshot. Now, screenshots are often rectangular in shape. But you can counter this by simply uploading your picture on Instagram using the Instagram square to crop the image. From here, you can apply your own filter to the image so that it fits your feed.
Why is this option attractive? Well, this option doesn’t require you to download any app. You can just repost images on the fly and just credit the original owner in the description of the image.
NOTE: This method of reposting can only be done on photos. After all, you cannot take screenshots of videos. For videos, you need another app.
ANOTHER NOTE: This is the easiest method. However, be responsible when posting images. Keep in mind that the original image is not yours and it should be properly credited. Always make it a habit to tag the original owner. If you need to, use the same description. You should also ask the permission of the owner via direct message just to be safe.
METHOD #5: Downloading the Image
Another way to easily repost an image is to download it. There are some apps that will allow you to do this. First, there is DownloadGram. This app instantly extracts the photo from Instagram so that you can download it. Again, you’ll need the post URL for this to work. Just copy the URL and paste it in Download Gram. Then, you can click on Download Image and that’s it.
Since the photo is downloaded to your system, you can now easily upload it to Instagram. Just open the app and upload the image.You can also type in your own caption. Be sure to include the Instagram account of the original author. This will keep you safe.
The same is true if you want to repost videos. Just look for an app that will allow you to download videos from Instagram and then repost it using the Instagram platform.\
METHOD 6: Use Buffer
Buffer is known as a social sharing application that helps you schedule your posts. What makes it special in Instagram sharing is that it has a built in sharing feature that allow you to share any share URL that is saved on your clipboard.
As I have mentioned earlier, every Instagram post has its own unique share URL. You can use this to share it to your social channels. Once you save this to your clipboard, you can just head over to Buffer and it will immediately detect the URL. It will then ask you if you like to post it into your Instagram account. Once you confirm this, Buffer will automatically fill the information about the image.
Now while Buffer is a scheduling app, it is important to note that Instagram doesn’t like auto posting. I have mentioned earlier how it has set up systems to prevent images from getting stolen. It seems that it has also set up some systems to prevent automation. With this, Buffer works in a way that only informs you when it is time to post the image. You can post once the schedule is up. Don’t worry. You can set this to immediate if you need the photo to be posted right away.
METHOD 7: Use Web Services
There are some web services that imitates how Instagram looks. Some of these are Iconosquare (also known as Statigram) and Webstagram. If you tried looking for your Instagram profile online, you’ll find that you will get more than just Instagram links. There will also be Statigram and Webstagram versions of your posts. Now, these posts will not have the restrictions that Instagram has when it comes to downloads and sharing. So you can easily save images from these platforms and reupload them.
This is the option of most businesses. Now, companies need instant content for their Instagram account. With apps like these, they can get all relevant images and even copy the description and credit the source. From here, they can schedule the posts via software like Buffer and they can already run their Instagram on auto.
Also, these posts have a Share option. Each post in Websta will have a “…” on the bottom right of an image. You can click on this and select the option to send the image to your email. You can then keep a copy of this image so that you can share it on Instagram.
Also, you can use the screenshot button of your desktop computer to share images. Just click Print Screen whenever you have an image loaded on Websta or Statigram. You can then crop it using Paint or other image editing apps. You can also post these to your Instagram app and let the square cut it.
Now, this will only work for images and not videos. For others, you really need to resort to apps.
As you can see, there are so many ways to repost Instagram photos. However, there are some restrictions on what you can do with these photos. First, you are not allowed to edit the photos. Also, you are not allowed to claim it as your own. As long as you keep this in mind, you’ll be safe.
I hope you find at least one of these methods useful. What method will you use first? Tell me all about it below.