Instagram’s Link In Bio Won’t Work properly for YouTube? Let’s fix that.

Instagram hates it when we share off-platform links — but it’s still possible to do.

Let’s face it — Instagram bio links suck for YouTubers. Sure, people can view your video in the horrible Instagram browser, but they can’t interact with your video in meaningful ways without a bunch of extra steps to log in, making your YouTube video cross-promotion efforts virtually worthless.

What if you could force the YouTube video links that you share on Instagram to open natively in YouTube’s app, giving your audience a better experience and increasing the likelihood that people will like, comment, or subscribe?

Well, after much research and testing, I’ve figured out a way via dynamic links (or deep links) using an intelligent link shortening and tracking tool that many YouTubers already pay for — Geniuslink — and I’ll show you exactly how I did it in this video.

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URLs by device type

To create your own deep links, copy the text below into a document and then modify the {VideoID} text I’ve placed in the brackets (including the brackets). Then just follow the steps in the video!

Having problems copy/pasting? Grab it from this Google Doc.

Generic URL syntax:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v={VideoID}

Android deep link (uses intent URL):

intent://www.youtube.com/watch?v={VideoID}#Intent;package=com.google.android.youtube;scheme=https;end

iOS (iPad, iPhone — uses iOS universal links):

vnd.youtube://www.youtube.com/watch?v={VideoID}

Desktop (Windows/Mac — uses regular URL):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v={VideoID}

Originally published at https://foxandlens.com on November 4, 2022.

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Lover of coffee and systems, photographer, videographer, YouTuber, writer, entrepreneur, rider of motorcycles, and all-around adventurer. Based out of Seattle.

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Lover of coffee and systems, photographer, videographer, YouTuber, writer, entrepreneur, rider of motorcycles, and all-around adventurer. Based out of Seattle.

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