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How to use Instagram to share with other social networks

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

If you’re an Instagram user, there’s a good chance it isn’t the only social network that you post to. The app makes it very easy to send your post to a few other social networks — including Facebook (which owns Instagram).

Here’s how you do it through the iPhone app (the Android app is very similar):

Connect your social networks

To share Instagram photos to other social networks, you’ll need to link those accounts.

  • From the Instagram home screen, tap your profile icon, followed by the menu icon in the top right.
  • Select Settings > Account > Sharing to other apps.
  • Select the account you want to link and enter your login information. You can link a number of networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. (If you’re linking to Facebook, the app may already have the information to your account since, as mentioned before, both Facebook and Instagram are part of the same company.)
Instagram’s “sharing to other apps” page
The social networks you can share with can vary depending on your account and country.
Twitter authorization page
Once you choose a network, you’ll be invited to link it to Instagram.

Post your photo to Instagram and other social networks

Now, you can set it so that when your photo posts to Instagram, it will post to other social media accounts as well:

  • In the Instagram app, select the plus sign at the top of the screen. Select Post and then choose the image you want to share (or take a new photo). Tap Next.
  • Apply whatever filters and edits you want to the photo. Tap Next.
Instagram home page with post drop-down menu
On your Instagram home page, select the Plus sign and “Post.”
Instagram edit page
Once you’re happy with your photo, select “Next.”
  • On the final screen before the photo posts, you’ll have the option to write a caption, tag people, and add a location. You’ll also see a list of the current major social media services — Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler — along with any others you’ve linked to your Instagram account.
  • Toggle on all of the social networks to which you want to post the photo. If you haven’t connected that particular network yet, you’ll be invited to do it at this point.
New post Instagram page
After selecting a photo to share, you’ll be able to choose which network to share it to.
Advanced settings page
If you choose Advanced Settings on the New Post page, you can automatically share all your photos to Facebook.
  • If you select Advanced settings (which is right after the list of social media services), you can arrange to have your photos and videos automatically post to Facebook.

Update June 29th, 2022, 5:05PM ET: This article was originally published on February 21st, 2020, and has been updated to account for changes in the app.

Source: The Verge

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