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Reposting Instagram photos and videos is easier said than done. For starters, the mobile Instagram app lacks the option to natively repost someone else’s media so people usually screenshot Instagram photos to post as their own from iOS’s stock Photos app.

Not only does this requires cropping out unwanted UI elements from the image, but risks flagging your account if you forget to credit the original poster.

Fortunately, there are a number of applications available on the App Store that let you work around Instagram’s restrictions and repost someone else’s Instagram content while ensuring that credit goes where credit is due. Today, we take a look at one such app, Repost for Instagram by Red Cactus LLC.

How to repost Instagram media with Repost for iPhone

1) Download and launch the Repost for Instagram app on your iPhone.

It’s available at no charge with an optional one-time $4.99 purchase if you want to get rid of advertising, remove credit watermark, manage multiple Instagram accounts and get stats for your reposted media, such as who reposted your stuff and more.

2) Tap the Log in with Instagram button.

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On the next screen, provide your Instagram user name and password and then tap Log in. You must now confirm that you wish to give this app permission to access your Instagram account so tap Authorize to continue.

3) Time to find something to repost, much like you’d with the regular Instagram app.

Use the tabs that are at your disposal alongside the bottom of the screen:

  • Your content—Tap your Instagram account name at the bottom to browse your feed. To filter content, tap Feed, Media, Likes or Favorites at the top of the screen, right underneath your profile image.
  • Trending content—See what’s popular on Instagram by tapping Trending at the bottom. To see reposted content or trending users, tap the respective Reposts or Users buttons at the top.
  • Search people or hashtags—Tap Search at the bottom to find interesting photos and videos on Instagram by searching for people or hashtags.

4) After finding a photo or video you’d like to repost, tap it and then hit Repost.

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5) Select where you’d like the credit to appear by tapping the buttons at the bottom.

Your credit can appear in the upper or lower left corner, or on either side of the image. To change the credit’s styling, tap the Light or Dark button.

6) When satisfied with the credit’s layout, tap Repost to continue.

7) The app will paste the credit as an overlay on top of the Instagram photo, and then save the image into your Camera roll. Up will pop a prompt saying that the image is saved to your Photos. The original poster’s caption is copied to the system clipboard.

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8) Tap Open Instagram to continue, or Dismiss to cancel, and then give Repost permission to launch Instagram, if necessary.

9) We’re now in Instagram: tap the Library tab to switch to your library.

After selecting the image Repost just saved in the Photos app, reposition or zoom it if necessary and then tap Next to progress to then next screen.

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10) Optionally apply a filter or perform other edits, then tap Next to continue.

11) Now tap and hold the caption field at the top and choose Paste to insert the original poster’s caption. If I were you, I’d also tap Tag People and then type in the name of the original poster as another way of properly crediting them.

12) Tap Share to repost the item on Instagram.

The image appears on your Instagram as your own post, with the original caption preserved and credit given. You can now delete any media Repost saved in Photos.

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NOTE: Reposted media does not retain the previous likes, comments and location.

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Before signing off, let me just briefly mention a few noteworthy things regarding reposting other people’s photos and videos on Instagram.

Proper ways to credit the original Instagramer

As per Instagram’s Terms of Use, those who repeatedly infringe other people’s intellectual property rights run the risk of having their Instagram account terminated. Users on Instagram may not post copyrighted content to the service unless they own it or have permission to post it.

Reposting someone else’s Instagrams through your own account without properly crediting them is a clear violation of Instagram’s Terms of Use. “Remember to post authentic content, and don’t post anything you’ve copied or collected from the Internet that you don’t have the right to post,” the terms of service read.

The best way to avoid any problems is to credit the original Instagramer:

  • Watermark reposted media
  • Tag the original poster using Instagram’s people-tagging feature
  • Give the original poster a shout-out in caption, like “Re-posted from @username” or ”Original image via @username” or some such

Instagram clearly states that the photos posted on the service belong to the original photographer. If you repost someone else’s work without properly crediting them, your account may get banned. Depending on where you live, posting or reposting copyrighted content without permission may be a violation of the law.

To learn more about how Instagram enforces copyright protection, check out this help document or browse Instagram’s Help Center for other helpful articles.

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  • Leonardo Offredi

    Yeah but what about reposting items WITHOUT that awful watermark?
    I’m still crediting the original profile in the caption, therefore i dont want the watermark.