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25 Jun

Uploading a custom video into Instagram app (almost)

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Since writing a how to post on uploading a custom video into Vine, based on Chris Medina’s video walkthrough, lots of folks have been asking me for a similar trick for Instagram’s new feature.

Well thanks to BritAlb, who added this in the comments, we have a link to a post by Austin Tompkins that claims to have figured it out. I have not tried it yet.

BUT, it is only for Android devices.

I did another Web search and found this post by Nathaniel Akin on techenvy.com. This post is also just for Android devices.

Again, I have not confirmed if their process works, since I am iOS / iPhone.

On my end, using the iExplorer, I was able to find the location where all the Instagram video files are located:

iExplorer –> iPhone –> Apps –> Instagram –> Library –> Application Support –> Instagram –> Videos


I did the swap out test from the Vine hack and it didn’t take. I’ve done other experiments and they have also failed.

One thing I found interesting is that when I replaced the video with one of mine or another Instagram video, it would disappear from the app. When I restore it back to the original video it came back into the app.

In other words:

  • OG Instragram video –> externally edited video overwrites OG Instragram video –> video disappears from app.
  • Externally edited video –> A different OG Instragram video overwrites externally edited video –> video disappears from app.
  • Different OG Instragram video –> the ORIGINAL OG Instagram video overwrites different OG Instragram video –> video returns back to the app.

What this tells me is that there is some meta data tying it all together. I think the key is also the teaser image.

I’m about to board a plane, but I wanted to share this with others in hopes we can figure this out together!

We’re making progress.

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  1. June 25th, 2013 at 13:24 | #1

    Hey thanks for the shout out! If you get any info on how to get it working on iOS, I’d love to know and feature your info & help on my blog.

    Much appreciated!
    -Austin Tompkins

  2. June 25th, 2013 at 14:13 | #2

    Thanks for the shout out here as well. I was able to get this one clip to upload from iOS: http://instagram.com/p/aziW8yzhWr/ but haven’t been able to do it a second time. For that one I replaced the video after it was stitched, filtered and had the cover image selected. I agree that there must be some metadata somewhere that acts as a key, probably in the zero k mov file.

  3. jess
    June 29th, 2013 at 15:23 | #3

    any luck on iphone yet??

  4. Dmitriy
    July 2nd, 2013 at 03:33 | #4

    Good evening!

    I guessed about this idea some days earlier and was encouraged to recorded a small Tilt-Shift timelapse video near my house like an example. Here is it:

    After some hard working days I finally made tutorial about how made how to make it to look good after changing resolution and of cause how to upload your video to Instagram. Here is the tutorial:

    I will be very glad for your watching!

  5. soles
    July 6th, 2013 at 18:09 | #5

    Any updates? something simpler and cheaper than techenvy’s way ?

  6. Ben Spencer
    July 11th, 2013 at 14:06 | #6

    Hey thanks for this post here. For the iOS I found I a video that shows how to get this to work on the iPhone.


  7. July 15th, 2013 at 14:45 | #7

    Great, check this out guys. I think I got it to work..


  8. November 6th, 2013 at 11:15 | #8

    Hey we just released a native iOS app Vinyet that lets you post directly to both Vine and Instagram without and hacking! Check it out at http://vinyet.co

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