How to repost on Instagram

Instagram is nothing if not aesthetically pleasing. What gives the social media platform its visual edge over Twitter, Facebook et al are the readily available reams of carefully curated photographs it houses.

You might think the site precludes you from participation if you don’t happen to be a budding William Eggleston, but those without a flair for photography needn’t despair. Instagram supports the reposting of other people’s content. If you want to spread a message, share a photograph, or bolster your own lacklustre profile, you can – but the original poster’s permission must be granted as a prerequisite.

Instagram’s Terms of Use dictate that reposters must seek the permission of the original poster before replicating their material. Don’t let that put you off; you can either contact them directly on the image itself via the comments section, or write to them privately using Instagram’s Direct Message service (enshrined in the paper airplane icon on the top right-hand sign of the screen).

One you’ve solicited permission, you’re free to repost. Now the fun can begin, just follow our step-by-step guide…

  1. Download Repost for Instagram by Regrann. It’s available for iOS and Android users alike, and is a solid choice for both, with limited adverts and a user-friendly interface.
  2. Open Instagram, and select the image you want to share by tapping the three grey dots on the top right-hand-side of image, then selecting the “copy link” option.
  3. Open Regrann, and tap “Repost to Instagram” (pretty intuitive, this step).
  4. A screen should come up from your phone, giving you the option to (among other things) “Copy to Instagram”. Select this by tapping on the accompanying Instagram icon.
  5. You will be redirected to the Instagram app, where you’ll have the chance to edit your picture.
  6. Once you’re satisfied with your edit, tap Share, on the top right-hand-side of the screen, as you would normally (you known, with your boring, run-of-the-mill content).

It’s as simple as that. Alternatively, you can do it the manual way – by screenshotting the image and uploading it afresh to your Instagram page from the camera roll. But Repost for Instagram is free, and saves you the hassle of the screenshot rigmarole. Hapless photographers everywhere, rejoice.

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