Step-by-Step Guide to Compress Video for Instagram

Compressing videos for Instagram can be easy with the methods introduced in this guide. If you are looking for ways to make a video smaller, do not miss these simple and quick ways.

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Sofia Albert

Updated on Aug 22, 2023

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Many users have reported a problem with Instagram: when they upload their videos to Instagram, the video quality becomes poor. Such a case may happen due to various reasons. Whatever the matter is, one of the best solutions to tackle this problem is to compress the video for Instagram. That's why we compile this guide, in which we will introduce three easy tips to compress videos for Instagram. 

Method 1. Compress Video for Instagram Without Quality Loss 

EaseUS Video Converter is a free tool for converting video files. At blazing-fast speeds, it will let you compress or convert your video (and audio) files from their source formats to hundreds of other options. During this process, you can do a lot to compress your video, such as choosing a lower-quality video format or directly converting your videos to the format that Instagram supports.

Asides from that, EaseUS Video Converter also provides different settings, presets, and the ability to switch between codecs for optimal video size outputs.

Now, you can download EaseUS Video Converter and follow these steps to compress video for Instagram via EaseUS Video Converter:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Converter on your computer, and then click "Video Compressor." 

Choose Video Compressor

Step 2. Click "Choose Files" to select one or multiple video file(s) you wish to compress. 

Add files

Step 3. Click the "File Size" option from the bottom menu bar to choose the file size you want. You can change the saving path by clicking the down arrow icon next to "Save to. Then, click "Compress" or "Compress All" to compress your video(s).

Choose file size

Step 4. Once done, you can check and view your converted files in the "Finished" tab. 

Compress completed

Method 2. Compress Video for Instagram Online

You're in luck if you don't need to compress videos regularly or are trying to save space on your computer because you can directly get the job done using some online services. The following instruction will show you some of the best online compress options.


Video processing can be complex, even if you want to prepare your video for social media. VEED aims to do away with this, offering a minimalist service devoid of bells and whistles. It is a freemium service with three subscription plans starting at $12/mo. There is a free plan - but you will have to make do with a watermark on your output video if you stick to it. Here are the steps of using VEED to compress videos.

Step 1. On the service's home page, click "Upload a File." You can also upload a video from cloud storage or paste a URL.

upload a file

Step 2. Locate the folder containing the video and select it. Click "Open."

click open

Step 3. Move the slider to adjust the level of compression and quality. To make further changes, click "Advanced Settings."

click advanced settings

Step 4. Click the "Compress video" to initiate the process. 

click the compress video

Step 5. Once Veed has finished compressing the video, click "Download" to save it to your device.

click download

2. FreeConvert

The next option is an all-in-one online tool for file conversions. With FreeConvert, users can change the formats of videos, images, audio, ebooks, and more. It also offers compression features for videos, JPEGs, PDFs, etc. FreeConvert's basic plan starts at $9.99/mo. That said, you get 750 minutes per month for free. If you don't mind, follow these steps to get the job done.

Step 1. Hover your cursor over the Tools dropdown menu on the home page. In the File Compressors tab, select "Video Compressor."

select video compressor

Step 2. Click "Choose Files" or drag and drop your video from its source folder.

click choose files

Step 3. Locate the folder containing the video and select it. Click "Open."

locate the folder containing

Step 4. Click the "Output dropdown" button to select the video format. For any additional tweaks, click the "Settings" gear icon.

click the output dropdown

Step 5. Click "Compress Now!"

click compress

Method 3. Compress Videos for Instagram on Android

Many people use Instagram on their mobile phones. If you own an Android device, you can compress your video for Instagram with a readily available app - Video Compress.

With more than 10 million downloads from the Google Play Store, Video Compress is a popular mobile option for reducing video sizes while retaining quality. What's more, it supports nearly every video format. Here's how you can compress a video for Instagram with this app.

Step 1. Scroll through the folders displayed on the Video Compress home screen. Select the source folder and the video.

select the source folder

Step 2. Select "Compress video."

select compress video

Step 3. Choose one of the options, depending on the compression rate you prefer. To help you choose, refer to the estimated output sizes provided. Your video will begin to compress.

choose the option

In Conclusion

This guide has explored three methods you can follow to compress your videos for Instagram and any other social media platform.

They consist of desktop, web, and mobile phone apps, respectively. What works for you will depend on the platform you prefer to use. EaseUS Video Converter does the job for Windows and macOS computers with its powerful yet easy-to-use desktop app. If you prefer online or Android, you can o with the other options. 

Compress Video for Instagram FAQs

1. Should I compress the video before uploading it to Instagram?

Yes, you should. Doing so serves a dual purpose - it allows you to upload a video that would ordinarily exceed Instagram's size limit and helps preserve your video's quality.

2. How do you compress a reel for Instagram?

If you use a Windows or Mac computer, EaseUS Video Converter is the best bet. Alternatively, you can employ other options like Veed and Video Compress for a browser and Android device.

3. How to compress a video for an Instagram story?

The options discussed in this guide will work for Instagram posts, reels, or stories. Use EaseUS Video Converter to compress videos for your Instagram stories on your computer easily. 

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