If you enter a lot of contests on Instagram, chances are you’ve come across certain posts that have asked you to either repost their image or repost one of your own (with a #hashtag) in order to enter.
Here’s an example below:
The problem is however, that Instagram doesn’t have a native way built into the app to allow you to repost images (similar to how Retweeting works on Twitter).
This can cause a lot of frustration with users who have no idea how to repost the image in question.
Check out this post below on Instagram, there’s absolutely no way in the app for me to repost it:
How to Actually Repost on Instagram
There’s only two real methods worth considering when attempting to repost an image on Instagram.
Use an App
The first method involves downloading a 3rd party app like Repost for Instagram (available on both iOS and Android).
Once you install this app they make it super easy to repost an image. Here’s a step by step guide:
Open Up The Image You Want to Repost
Simply open up the image inside the Instagram app first.
Click The 3 Dots > Copy Share URL
Click the 3 dots at the top right corner of the image, then click Copy Share URL. This will copy the URL of the image to your clipboard.
Open up The Repost App > Select The Photo
Then open up the Repost app, it will automatically detect the Instagram URL in your clipboard and allow you to select the photo.
Copy it to Instagram > Paste Caption > Then Post
Then use the Copy to Instagram option, after which you’ll need to paste the Caption (Instagram doesn’t allow them to prefill it, so instead they save it to your clipboard).
Then you can post the image and you’re done. One of the good things about this method (and it depends what app you use) is that often they allow you to watermark and credit the original owner of the image.
Manually Crop The Image
This is the less desired method for reposting, as it doesn’t allow you to credit the original image owner. However it’s still viable for reposting competitions, as you generally don’t need to credit for the usage of that image.
Take a screenshot of the image that you want to repost on Instagram:
iOS: Press Home + Sleep/Wake button at the same time
Android: Volume Down + Power button at the same time
Once you have a screenshot you can open it back up in Instagram again, now you’ll need to crop out all the parts you don’t need.
Now just add your description, #hashtags and post it.
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