How long can Instagram and IGTV videos last?

How long can Instagram and IGTV videos last?

Instagram was once a social platform solely for sharing photos, but video publishing was introduced in 2013, followed by stories and IGTV later. Before you try to post one, you should know how long Instagram videos can be for each video sharing feature.


Video posts appear in your followers’ home page feeds and on your profile. They can be recorded as video via the camera card or selected from a folder on the device and uploaded to the app.

When you record a video through the Instagram app using the camera card, it will automatically stop recording after 60 seconds. If you decide to select a pre-recorded video from your device, Instagram will only allow you to use the first 60 seconds of the video, cutting out the rest.


Video posts are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. They also need to be a minimum of three seconds.

If you want to select a video from your device that takes more than 60 seconds to post on Instagram, but prefer to include parts closer to the middle or end of the video (rather than the very first 60 seconds, which Instagram takes by default and doesn’t allows you to customize), you will first need to trim the video before uploading it to Instagram.

Instagram video length limits for Stories


Unlike video posts, which stay on your profile permanently unless you delete them, Instagram Stories disappear after 24 hours by default.

Videos posted in your Stories will appear in your followers’ home feeds in the form of a comic with your profile picture, located in the horizontal Stories menu at the top. You can post a video story swiping right from the home page feed or by tapping your profile icon at the top of the home page feed.


Videos posted in your Stories can be up to 15 seconds long (with no specified minimum duration). If, however, you decide to broadcast your stories live, your live video can last up to an hour.

To make videos posted in your Stories last longer, you can add them to your Highlights, which pin them to the top of your profile until you decide to remove them. Go to your profile touch Highlights of the story tap the button with plus sign (+) and select the story you want to highlight. Highlighted Stories will disappear from your followers’ home page feeds after 24 hours, but anyone who visits your profile can tap them at the top of your profile to view them.

Instagram video length limits for IGTV


IGTV is an app Free standalone developed by Instagram and tightly integrated with the main Instagram app, designed for sharing and viewing long-form full-screen videos. In fact, IGTV was developed specifically for sharing and viewing videos longer than 60 seconds.


Videos shared on IGTV can be up to 10 minutes long and must be at least 15 seconds long. Some users who have very large followers or verified accounts can share videos up to 60 minutes in length, however, they must do so from a desktop computer and not a mobile device.

Although IGTV is a standalone app, you don’t necessarily need it to post your IGTV videos. You can do this directly from the main Instagram app by tapping the button TV in the upper right corner of the home feed. You will be asked before creating your channel. After that, you will be able to tap the button with the plus sign (+) to select a video from your device and add a title and description.

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