How to Connect Instagram to Facebook

Instructions to link these essential social media platforms

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Instagram and Facebook are two of the most popular social networks used by millions of people each and every day, but not everyone uses both of them. Some people only use Instagram, while others only use Facebook.

In cases like these, it can be helpful to link your Instagram account to your Facebook account so you can have posts you make on Instagram automatically posted on Facebook as well.

The Benefits of Linking Your Instagram Account to Facebook

When you link your Instagram and Facebook accounts so you can crosspost your Instagram content to Facebook, you'll be able to:

  • Increase the chances of more of your friends and followers seeing your content;
  • Save yourself the extra time from having to post the same content on two separate social networks;
  • Select whether you want to post your Instagram content to either your Facebook profile or a Page you manage;
  • Have all Instagram posts automatically posted to Facebook or manually select the posts you want to post to Facebook from the post caption;
  • Have Instagram photo and video posts show up as Facebook photo and video posts (as opposed to simply links to the original Instagram posts);
  • Choose whether you want to send posts, stories, or both posts and stories to Facebook; and
  • Have your Instagram stories automatically be posted as Facebook stories.

If you're linking your Instagram account to a Facebook Page you manage instead of your personal profile, you might also be interested in learning how to add an Instagram tab on your Facebook Page.

How to Link Your Instagram Account to Your Facebook Profile or Page

You can only link your Instagram account to Facebook via the Instagram mobile app for iOS or Android. You can't do it by signing into your Instagram account on the web at Instagram.com.

The instructions below can be followed by both iOS and Android users, but screenshots show the Instagram app for iOS.

  1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile device and sign in or switch to your account if necessary.

  2. Tap the profile icon to the very far right in the bottom menu.

  3. Tap the menu icon in the top right corner of your profile.

  4. Tap the gear icon, then tap Settings at the bottom.

  5. Tap Account.

    Screenshots showing how to reach the Instagram Account settings.
  6. Tap Linked Accounts.

  7. Tap Facebook and enter your Facebook login details.

  8. Tap Connect.

    Screenshots showing how to connect Facebook to Instagram.
  9. If you want to start sharing your Instagram posts and stories automatically to Facebook, tap Start Sharing to Facebook. If you want to leave this disabled and enable it later, tap Not Now.

    Tapping Not Now will still keep your Instagram and Facebook accounts linked, but now you can manually choose which Instagram posts you also want to post to Facebook. Whenever you create a new Instagram post and get to the caption tab, tap the Facebook icon to turn it on. (An additional popup might appear asking if you want to automatically share all posts—tap Not Now again to keep it manual).

  10. On the Facebook tab, your Instagram account is connected to your Facebook profile by default, but you can change this so posts are sent to a Facebook Page you manage instead.

To select a page, tap Facebook Profile in the Share to column. A list of Facebook Pages you manage will appear on the next tab. Tap any page to select it so you can share your Instagram posts to it.

You can only share your Instagram posts/stories to one Facebook profile or Page at a time. You can however choose to share only posts, only stories, or both. Simply tap the buttons beside Share Your Story to Facebook and Share Your Posts to Facebook to turn them on or off.

Screenshots that show how to choose options for sharing Instagram stories on Facebook.

Unlinking Your Facebook Account From Instagram

If you ever decide you want to unlink your Facebook account from your Instagram account, go to the Facebook tab from Settings > Account > Linked Accounts and tap Unlink Account.

You can link your Facebook account to your Instagram account again any time you want simply by following the steps above. If you decide to relink it, you may not have to log into Facebook again since Instagram might remember your login details.