Want to use both Instagram Reels and TikTok, but don’t want to invest a lot of extra time? The tips below will teach you how to easily use the same video on IG Reels and TikTok.
The social media world seems to get more crowded every day. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of places to post content.
It’s just not possible to create 100% unique content for every social media platform and still find time to eat and sleep.
To keep your sanity, use the shortcuts below to easily use the same video on IG Reels and TikTok.
Before you start
Before you try to share the same video on IG Reels and TikTok, check the maximum video lengths on both IG Reels and TikTok.
When IG Reels first launched, its maximum video length was shorter than TikTok’s maximum video length.
This isn’t a problem if the video you want to share is less than the maximum length on both platforms. But it can be problematic if the video length exceeds the limit on one of the platforms. Just double-check this requirement so you don’t end up frustrated after creating an awesome video that can’t be shared on the other platform.
In the U.S., copyright exists upon creation of a work (video, music, audio, etc.). There are plenty of caveats to this, but unless you are pretty well versed in U.S. copyright law, I’d steer away from other people’s work when sharing videos on multiple platforms.
Instagram will strip copyrighted music from its videos during the download, so Instagram helps you comply with music copyright restrictions. TikTok…yeah, not so much.
Unless you’re using your own audio, I recommend removing the music before you load a video to another social media platform. You can then add approved music using that platform’s music search tool.
Now to the good stuff! Here are some ways you can use the same video on IG Reels and TikTok:
Download a video from TikTok
One way to easily use the same video on IG Reels and TikTok is to create a video in TikTok and then download the video to use on IG Reels.
TikTok has more features than IG Reels (like the ability to use still photos and change how long text appears on the screen). To take full advantage of TikTok’s features in both your IG Reels and TikTok videos, you’ll want to create the video in TikTok first.
After creating and posting your video in TikTok, play it from your “Me” screen.
In the lower right-hand corner, you’ll see three dots. Click on those three dots.
In the resulting pop-up screen, click on the “Save video” option. The video will now be saved to your phone.
This creates a video with a “TikTok” watermark. If you don’t mind the watermark showing in your video, then your work here is done! Simply load the video to IG Reels and you’ve created one video that can be used on two different platforms.
But if the watermark does bother you, this article will show you how to easily remove the TikTok watermark before posting the video to IG Reels.
Download a video from IG Reels
IG Reels doesn’t have as many features as TikTok, but it is much easier to download a video from IG Reels and use it in TikTok than it is to do the reverse.
This is because IG Reels downloads don’t have any watermarks. You also have the option of downloading the IG Reels video in two different places. Once during the creation process and once after completion.
Downloading a video from IG Reels during creation
Because TikTok’s text editing tool is more advanced than IG Reels, I like to download the IG Reels video before I’ve made any edits to it. That leaves it a blank slate for easy editing in TikTok.
To download an IG Reels video during the creation process, start by loading video clips to IG Reels. Once you’re satisfied with the combination of video clips, click “Next” until you’re in the edit screen (see below for what this screen looks like).
In the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see a downward arrow representing the download button.
Click the download button to save a copy of the video clip you’ve created directly to your phone.
After I complete this step, I’ll then go ahead and finish making the IG Reels video. Next, I’ll load the video I downloaded from IG Reels into TikTok and will make additional edits to the video in TikTok.
This results in the videos having slightly different edits. I like this approach because I can tailor the final edits to match the aesthetics of each platform.
Downloading a video from IG Reels after completion
You can also download a video from IG Reels after you’ve completed and posted it.
To do this, play one of your IG Reels videos.
In the lower left-hand corner, you’ll see three dots. Click on those dots.
In the resulting pop-up screen, click on “Save Video”. This will save a copy of the completed IG Reels to your phone.
You can then load the video to TikTok and make any additional edits you’d like.
Make a screen recording
Another way to use the same video on multiple platforms is to make a recording of your phone’s screen while a video is playing.
While it’s super easy to make a screen recording, both IG Reels and TikTok have several icons partially obscuring the screen while a video is playing.
So if you make a screen recording of a video playing in either IG Reels or TikTok, you’ll probably want to crop out those icons. And by cropping out those icons, you also lose a portion of the video screen.
If you do want to make a screen recording of a video, then here are instructions to do so:
Create a video in IG Reels or TikTok
First, make a video entirely in either IG Reels or TikTok (whichever one you prefer).
Make a recording of that video using screen record
Next, open your phone’s screen record app. If you’re not sure where this is located, search for “how to record screen on [your phone version]”. Most later model Apple and Android phones have this as a built-in feature.
If your phone doesn’t have a built-in screen record app, not to worry. There are lots of third-party screen record apps. Just go to your phone’s app store and search for “screen recorder”. Most of these apps will give you the basic screen recording options you need.
You’ll then start the screen record app so that it’s recording your screen.
While your screen is being recorded, play the video you created in IG Reels or TikTok. The screen recording will capture the video as it’s playing.
Once the video stops playing, stop the screen recording. The screen recording will be saved on your phone.
Trim the screen recording
Open up the screen recording in your phone’s native editing tools. Then trim the beginning and end of the screen recording to cut out any portions of the screen recording that don’t relate to your IG Reels or TikTok video.
Crop out the icons
To crop out the icons that show when a video plays in IG Reels or TikTok, you’ll probably need a third-party app. Search your phone’s app store for “video crop”.
Load the screen recording to IG Reels or TikTok
After cropping out the icons, load the resulting video to IG Reels or TikTok. That’s it!
Create the video in another app
Another alternative is to make the video in an entirely different app.
There are several great video editing apps where you can create an entire video. You can then load this video to both IG Reels and TikTok without making any edits to the video on either platform.
Here are a few highly recommended video editing apps:
- Adobe Premiere Rush
- Quik for Apple or Android (this app was created by GoPro but you can use non-GoPro pics and video with it)
Social media can be overwhelming. But simple tricks like using the same video for both IG Reels and TikTok can help us to save time (and our sanity!). Happy posting!