You’re looking for a way to find new people and share your amazing gaming skills. It’s natural that you’d look at Instagram first.
Here’s the bad news.
You’ll need to take seven steps (on two devices!) to move your clips from Xbox to Instagram. And it’s not clear if the people you want to reach will ever see your clips.
If you’re determined to share on Instagram, we can help. There’s also an easier way to share clips with people who care about gaming as much as you do, and we’ll tell you about that too.
How to Save Xbox Clips
Before you can start sharing on Instagram, you’ll need something to share. And since you’re planning to post on Instagram, holding your phone up to your monitor to record the action just won’t cut it.
Instagram demands high-quality video, and that means you must capture your clips from the console.
While you’re playing, press the “Xbox” button followed by “X” to capture a clip. The clips will default to a 10-second length, which is just about right for Instagram. But if you’d like a longer clip, we have more information about how to do that right here.
Your clips are stored on your console and automatically shared with your friends and followers by default.
How to Share Clips to Instagram
Once you’re ready, press the Xbox button again to open up the guide, and settle in. As we mentioned, this can take time to complete.
From the Xbox guide, head to Broadcast and Share and find the list of recent captures. Your new clip should be in this list, but you can always select See All if it’s not.
To move your clips from your Xbox to Instagram, follow these steps:
- Pick your clip. Scroll through all of your saved options until you find the one you want to share.
- Save to the cloud. In the center of your screen, you’ll see a glowing green box with a cloud in the middle of it. Click on that, and then hit the option that says “Upload to OneDrive.”
- Switch to your phone. You’ll need a mobile device connected to the internet to do the next steps. Your phone must have both the OneDrive and Instagram apps installed and running.
- Find your file in OneDrive. Navigate to OneDrive, and select the video you want to share. It should be under “Photos.”
- Download the clip. Hit the “Save” option on your clip, and it will download to your phone.
- Upload to Instagram. With the image on your phone, you’re ready to start posting. Hit the plus sign, and select the clip from the images on your phone.
- Add descriptions. Instagram will prompt you to tell the world what your video is about and why it matters. To really get seen, you’ll also need to add hashtags that point to the game you’re playing and your personal brand (if you have one).
If your head is swimming at the thought of all these steps, we understand. It’s cumbersome to get your Xbox and Instagram to play together nicely.
Here’s a handy hint: our app lets you upload to Instagram immediately. Check it out.
Why Send Clips to Instagram?
You’re a busy person with a lot on your plate. Why should you bother taking all of these steps to share on Instagram? Unfortunately, our research suggests it might not be worth your time.
SproutSocial says that Instagram has 1 billion monthly active users. In theory, all of them could interact with your gaming content, follow you, and give you the fame you’ve been craving.
But Instagram is far from a gamer-specific social media site. People head there to do all sorts of things, from watching cat videos to shopping for shoes. They may not even be interested in watching gamers play.
In addition, it’s incredibly difficult to move people from Instagram to a gamer-specific platform like Twitch.
You can’t pop links in the description box of an Instagram post. You can only put them in your biography.
If people want to watch the full clip, they have to move from your post, to your bio, and then tap the link. There are a lot of steps, and unfortunately, most people won’t bother with them.
What’s a Better Way to Create and Share Clips?
If want more people to follow you and your work, Clutch makes that easy.
With our app and its Windows uploader, you can import your captures directly to our system. From there, you can edit those clips to make them the best they can be.
Speed them up, slow them down, or add a bit of commentary. Do it all on your phone, and save it there, too.
You could share that video from the app to Instagram. But we have another option that might work better.
Share that perfected vid right on our platform. You’ll be talking to other gamers who really care about what happens online, and if you connect with enough of them, you could be a featured gamer (and you’ll grab even more attention).
Try out Clutch and see what you think of it. Find out more here.
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