Instagram Video Length Limit for Every Type of Video Post in 20224 min read

Instagram Video Length

The Instagram video length requirement depends on the post type. But, here’s the short answer: the length limit for a regular feed video is 3 seconds to 1 minute.

Are you wondering how long can Instagram videos be?

With four types of Instagram videos (Feed video, Story video, Live video, and IGTV video) existing currently, it can be quite confusing to know what the required length is for each video type.

Don’t worry. This article has you covered.

In this article, we’ll briefly explain about the length requirement for each type of Instagram video. As a bonus, we’ll also cover how you can post longer videos to Instagram with a nifty little hack.

Ready? Let’s get started.

Length Limit for Every Type of Instagram Video

Like we said before, the length requirement for a video on Instagram depends on the post type. Here are four kinds of Instagram videos and their length requirements:

Instagram Feed Video Length: 3 seconds – 1 minute

Instagram Story Video Length: Up to 15 seconds

Instagram Live Video Length: Up to 1 hour

IGTV Video Length: 15 seconds – 10 minutes (up to 1 hour for larger accounts)

Instagram Feed Video Length

Instagram feed video length

Your Instagram feed video is a traditional video post that appears on your main Instagram profile page. Your feed video should be between 3 seconds and 1 minute in length. You won’t be able to post a video to your Instagram feed if it’s shorter than 3 seconds and longer than 1 minute.

However, Instagram lets you select a video that’s longer than 1 minute and post a 1-minute section of the video. Let’s see how we can do this with the Instagram app.

First, tap on the plus (+) button at the bottom of your feed screen.

Plus button instagram feed screen

Then select the video from your camera roll and tap “Next”.

Next button camera roll

In the next screen that appears, you’ll be given the option to add a filter, a caption to the video and trim the video. To trim the video, tap on the ‘Trim’ tab at the bottom of the screen.

Instagram video trim tab

Now hold and drag the start and finish handles until you have the portion you want to use.

Instagram video trim feature

Instagram Story Video Length

Instagram story video length

An Instagram Story video will be visible only for 24 hours. After that time, it just disappears. Videos posted to your Instagram story cannot be longer than 15 seconds. If you select a video that’s longer than 15 seconds, Instagram will chop it into 15-second clips for you.

Instagram story auto crop feature

This, however, works only for videos that are up to a minute in length. This is because Instagram limits the number of clips generated to four. For a video that’s longer than a minute, you can chop it up yourself using Instagram’s trimming tool, similar to how we chopped the feed video above.

If you were to shoot an Instagram story live in the app, Instagram would allow you to shoot up to ten 15-second clips in a single take.

Instagram Live Video LengthInstagram live video length

Instagram live lets you broadcast live videos for up to an hour without retakes. The live video cannot be replayed after the broadcast and cannot be reposted. Once you hit the one hour limit, you can go live again for another hour and so on.

IGTV Video Length

IGTV video length

Instagram TV is an add-on to your main account that lets creators upload high-quality, long-form videos. IGTV allows you to upload videos that are between 15 seconds and 10 minutes in length.

For larger accounts – accounts that are verified or have lots of followers, the upload limit extends to 1 hour.

Great, that’s about it! Do you want to post a video to Instagram but it exceeds the length limit? Read on to learn a hack that would allow you to get around this issue.

One Handy Instagram Video Length Limit Hack for Posting Longer Videos

There are moments when you’d want to post a long video to Instagram that’s several minutes in length. One way to get around the length limit issue is to create a carousel post.

Instagram carousel post

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A carousel post lets you share up to 10 photos or videos as a single post that users can swipe through. If you have a video that’s longer than a minute, you can chop it into separate clips and upload them into a carousel post.

You could use Instagram’s built-in trimming tool or an online video trimmer to chop the video. Make sure to keep each clip under a minute.

To create a carousel post, tap on the carousel icon(looks like a bunch of squares stacked on top of each other) in the bottom right corner of the screen and select the clips you want to upload.

Instagram video carousel upload

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Pragadeesh N

Pragadeesh is a developer turned marketer, currently working as a content marketer at Animaker - a drag-and-drop video making tool that lets anyone create engaging animated videos using pre-made templates and ready-to-go assets with zero technical skills.