How to Share a Reel on Instagram?

by Khadija Anwar
3 minutes
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Instagram is an increasingly popular way to share short, creative videos with friends, family, and followers.

Whether you’re an influencer, a small business owner, or just someone who enjoys making fun and engaging content, knowing how to share a reel on Instagram can help you increase visibility on the platform.

Related Read: Guide On The Best Times to Post Reels on Instagram in 2023

In this article, we’ll go over 3 different methods you can follow to share a reel on Instagram to maximize engagement.

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Share a Reel on Your Instagram Story

Sure, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to share a reel on your Instagram story:

Step 1:

Open your Instagram app. Scroll down until you see the Reel you want to share on your story and tap to open it. Once the reel is open, tap on the paper “Airplane” icon.

tap on airplane mode

Step 2:

From the pop-up menu, select “Add reel to your story” and you will be taken to the Instagram story screen.

add it to your story

Step 3:

Now, you can customize your story by adding stickers, text, or other creative elements to make it more engaging. When you’re done customizing your story, tap on the “Arrow” icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

tap on arrow
Step 4:

Tap on “Share” to upload an Instagram reel on your story.

tap on share

Share a Reel in a Direct Message

Step 1:

Choose the reel you want to share and tap on the “Airplane” icon below the reel to open the “Send To” screen.

tap on airplane icon

Step 2:

Tap “Send” on the right of the person’s name or group you want to share the reel with. You can search for their username or select them from your recent conversations.

tap send

Step 3:

Instagram will automatically send the reel to your selected person. Wait for 2 seconds. When “Sent” appears on the right of the person’s name. Tap “Done” at the bottom of the screen.

tap done

Share a Reel with someone who doesn’t have an Instagram app

Step 1:

Select the Reel you want to share. Open it and tap the “Airplane” icon.

tap on airplane mode

Step 2:

Tap on the “Share” icon on the bottom left of the screen.

tap on share icon

Step 3:

Choose any social media app you want to share on. You can also copy the link and share it manually on other social media channels

tap on share your social channel

That’s it! Sharing reels on Instagram is super easy and can be done in three different ways.

Remember that when you share an Instagram reel, you should always credit the original creator and respect their copyright.


Why can’t I share reels on Instagram?

Here are a few common reasons if you are unable to share a reel on Instagram:

  • Your Instagram app may be outdated.
  • Your account may not be set up for sharing reels.
  • The reel you’re trying to share may not be shareable.
  • Instagram is facing a technical issue.

Why can’t I share someone’s reel to my story?

You can check the following reasons:

  • There is a temporary issue with Instagram or the internet.
  • The original creator has disabled sharing options.
  • The reel may have been removed or deleted.

Khadija Anwar

Meet Khadija Anwar, an accomplished tech writer with over 500 published write-ups to her name. Her impressive portfolio can be found on the ContentStudio blog, LinkedIn, and the Fiverr platform.

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