Launched in 2020, Instagram Reels has gained a lot of momentum in India, especially after TikTok received a nationwide ban. While most viewers and content creators moved to Instagram, there are certain features of TikTok that Reels still hasn’t incorporated. One of them is the ability to directly save a Reel to the device. Sharing a Reel becomes easy when the video is saved as a file on your phone. Luckily, there are a few workarounds to it. In this article, we bring you 4 simple methods to share Instagram Reels as your WhatsApp Status.
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Share your own Instagram Reel as your WhatsApp Status
If you want to share a Reel you’ve created as your status on WhatsApp, the process is fairly simple. Instagram lets you save your Reels to Camera Roll. Once it is saved in your phone’s storage, you can easily share it on WhatsApp. Here’s how you can do it.
Step 1: Go to your profile and select the Reel you want to share.
Step 2: Tap on the three dots at the bottom right corner of the screen and select ‘Save to your device’.
The Reel will be saved to camera roll.
Step 3: Now, open WhatsApp and swipe right to the status tab.
Step 4: Select the camera icon.
Step 5: Select the Reel from your phone’s storage and hit share.
The Reel will be shared as your WhatsApp status.
Share an Instagram Reel as your WhatsApp Status using a third-party app
Unlike TikTok, Instagram doesn’t let you save videos directly from the app. You will have to download a third-party app to save Instagram Reels to your device.
Step 1: Install ‘Video Downloader For Instagram’ from the Play Store to your Android device.
Step 2: Open the app and set it up. It will require access to your gallery and a few other permissions.
Step 3: Go to Instagram and open the Reel you want to download.
Step 4: Click on the three dots at the bottom right corner of the screen and copy the link to the Reel.
Step 5: Open the ‘Video Downloader for Instagram’ app and it will automatically start the download.
Step 6: The Reel will be downloaded and saved to your phone gallery.
Now, upload the Reel you’ve just downloaded as your WhatsApp status using the steps mentioned previously.
Share an Instagram Reel as your WhatsApp status without using a third-party app
Some users avoid using third-party apps for Instagram as much as they can. Using a third-party app puts your user data at risk and exposes you to a lot of adware. Luckily, you can share an Instagram Reel as your WhatsApp Status without needing to download a third-party app. Here’s how.
Step 1: Before opening the Reel, hit screen record from the drop-down menu on your phone. You can always edit out the extra seconds before sharing the Reel on WhatsApp.
Step 2: Open the Reel and let your phone record the screen until it plays out.
Step 3: Stop the recording as soon as the Reel ends.
Step 4: Open WhatsApp and swipe right to the status tab.
Step 5: Select the camera icon.
Step 6: Select the screen recording and trim out the additional footage from the beginning and end of the video using the seek bar.
Step 7: Hit share. The Reel will be shared as your WhatsApp status.
Share the link to the Reel on your WhatsApp Status
Step 1: Open the Reel and hit the share icon.
Step 2: Scroll to the right and select WhatsApp.
Step 3: Tap on ‘My Status’ and hit share.
These are the 4 simple ways you can share any Instagram Reel as your WhatsApp Status. Apart from the 4 methods mentioned above, you can also share a Reel as your Instagram Story and then download it directly to your device. While this Instagram feature comes in handy, it downloads only a snippet of the reel. To put up an entire Reel as your status, the best methods are mentioned above.