Facebook remains the most popular social media network in the world, and YouTube is the primary destination for online video content. But if you post a YouTube URL to Facebook, your friends can’t watch it while they scroll through their timelines! Instead, they have to leave Facebook, load YouTube, and watch the video off of Facebook, causing drop-off and less engagement.
Instead, publishers who want engagement on Facebook need to re-post their video on Facebook. In this article, I'm going to walk you through the steps you'll need to share YouTube videos on Facebook directly by first downloading it with a free online tool called Kapwing. Kapwing works on your computer, phone, or tablet, so you can share all your videos on the go. To share YouTube videos on Facebook, you’ll need to know just four simple steps:
- Copy the Video’s Link
- Upload the Video to the Kapwing Studio
- Publish & Download Your Video
- Share the Video on Facebook!
Step 1: Copy the Video’s link
Finding your video on YouTube couldn't be easier – search for the video using YouTube or Google, or follow a link to the video you want to download. On YouTube you can find any video you want, from lyric videos to memes.
Once you’ve arrived at the video you want, just copy its URL! If you’re working on a computer, click on the website’s URL at the top of the page to highlight it, then right-click on the highlighted link and click “Copy.” If you’re using the YouTube app on a phone or tablet, tap the video, hit the “Share” button (it should look like a curved arrow), and then choose “Copy Link.”
Step 2: Upload the Video to Kapwing
Importing your video to Kapwing is just as easy! Head over to Kapwing.com and click “Get Started.” This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing’s video editing tools in one place.
To upload your YouTube video, click on the field that says “Paste an image or video URL.” Now, right click (or just tap again if you're working on your phone or tablet) on the field and select “Paste.” Kapwing will work its magic and upload your video to the Studio, where you can make any edits you want! For tutorials on adding more scenes, text, filters, animations, audio, and more, check out the Kapwing Resources page.
Step 3: Publish and Save Your Video
Now that your video has been uploaded to the Kapwing Studio, and you’ve made all the edits you want, just click “Publish” in the upper right-hand corner! Kapwing will immediately start processing your video.
When Kapwing has finished processing your video, you’ll go to a page where you can download your video or continue to edit it. If you're ready to share the video on Facebook, just click “Download” and Kapwing will save the video to your device! Once it's been downloaded, make sure you know where your video is located in your file browser.
If you’re using a phone, you’ll need to download the Kapwing mobile app to download your YouTube video. The mobile app is a really small download, doesn’t require any login whatsoever, and is only meant to help you download your videos to your phone! Simply search for “Kapwing” in the App Store and you’ll be able to download the videos you make on Kapwing in no time!
Step 4: Share the Video on Facebook!
Now that you have your video stored on your computer, phone, or tablet, go to Facebook. On your Facebook homepage, you'll see the post field near the top that says "What's on your mind, [name]?" Just under this, you'll find an icon that says "Photo/Video." Click on this and find the video you've saved! Facebook will upload the video quickly, and your post will be ready to share! This way, all of your friends and followers will be able to watch the video without leaving their timelines!
Remember to tag us @KapwingApp when you share your videos on social media – we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to check out the Kapwing Resources page! We’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.