How long can a video be on Instagram?

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If you want to upload a video to Instagram, in whatever form that may be, it’s first important to know about the maximum time limits so you can plan your content in advance. Here’s everything you need to know about how long a video can be on Instagram.

Instagram remains one of the most popular places to share the latest snaps from your life, with users staying in touch with friends, family, and followers using the platform.

You can not only share pictures, but also video content in a variety of different forms. This could be as a standard post, a story, a reel, and more.

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However, just like most platforms, Instagram enforces a limit on how long your videos can be — though this differs for each type of video there is.

If you’re planning to post a video to the app, here’s everything to know about how long they can be.

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Users can post several different types of video on Instagram.

How long can videos be on Instagram?

As said previously, different types of Instagram video content have different time limits, so you’ll have to bear this in mind when posting a video so you don’t end up having to chop off the end of a clip you’re uploading.

The video time limits on Instagram are as follows:

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  • Instagram video — If you’re posting a video to your feed, it can be between 3 seconds and 10 minutes in length, however, only a 60-second preview will appear in your followers’ feed, where they’ll be able to choose to watch the video in full.
  • Instagram story — Stories you post can be up to 15 seconds, but if you decide to upload a longer video, it will be cut into multiple 15-second chunks.
  • Reels — Instagram reels can be anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds, however, in May 2022 they started rolling out a longer 90-second time limit for some users.
  • Instagram Live — While the limit for Instagram Live used to be an hour, they have since extended that limit to four hours.

If you want to know more about how to use Instagram, you can check out our other guides here:

How to link your Instagram account to TikTokHow to see your first-liked Instagram postHow to switch Instagram feed to chronological orderHow to re-share a post to your Story on InstagramHow to make money on InstagramHow to hide likes on Instagram