Last Updated on January 10, 2023 by James McAllister

By: James McAllister


Have you tried to share a TikTok to your Instagram story, but it keeps getting cut off after only 10 to 15 seconds?

This can be very frustrating, as it prevents people from enjoying the full video.

Therefore, you may be wondering – how do you upload a full TikTok to your Instagram Story, without it getting cut off or ruined in any way?

In this article, we’ll cover each available method to do exactly that!

Why TikToks Get Cut Off When Shared To Instagram Stories

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It turns out, there’s actually a really simple explanation as to why TikToks don’t post to Instagram Stories correctly.

It has to do with the maximum video length of each segment.

Currently, Instagram only allows each video segment within a Story to have a maximum length of 15 seconds. While longer videos are supported when filming within the app, the app automatically splits it into multiple segments, which each one being up to 15 seconds.

This is why when skipping through a Story by tapping on the screen, it doesn’t always jump from post to post. With long videos, each tap simply skips 15 seconds forward until the video ends.

Unfortunately with uploaded videos (or videos shared from other platforms like TikTok), Instagram doesn’t automatically split it into 15 second segments like it should.

Instead, the video gets cut off, and the full video does not get successfully uploaded.

Thankfully, there are a few workarounds you can use to upload the full TikTok to your Story, regardless of its length. This way, your followers will be able to watch the full video.

How To Post A Full TikTok To Your Instagram Story

At this time, there are two ways to post a full TikTok to your Instagram story.

Let’s look over each method now.

1. Cut The Video Into 15 Second Clips

If your TikTok is longer than 15 seconds in length (and is getting cut off because of it), the only way to get the full video onto your full video on your Story specifically is to cut it into smaller segments.

Keep in mind that you can always download and reupload the TikTok as a normal video post, or an Instagram Reel if you want to avoid the hassle. Then, you can simply delete it after 24 hours if you don’t want it staying on your profile.

In any case, uploading the TikTok in individual 15 second clips is also a solid option.

To do this, all you need to do is download the TikTok onto your device. Then, use video editing software to cut out each 15 second segment.

Export all the segments, then upload them to your Story in order. They should all play completely fine, and allow people to watch the full TikTok without any interruptions.

As far as video editing apps go, there are a few I recommend.

On iPhone, you can trim videos directly within the Photos app, and export the trimmed segments as new clips. For a more advanced solution, the iPhone’s built-in iMovie app is also fantastic.

Android also has similar trimming features. For more complex video editing however, InShot, Splice, Quik, KineMaster, and Adobe Premiere Rush are also all great options.

2. Upload The Video As A Reel

If trimming the video sounds like too much work, you can always upload the video as a regular post instead.

Alternatively, uploading it as an Instagram Reel is another great option. Keep in mind however that Instagram is currently suppressing videos that have been reposted from TikTok, so it may not get a whole lot of views in non-followers’ feeds.

Unlike a Story however, regular video posts as well as Reels won’t disappear after 24 hours.

Therefore, you’ll need to manually delete it if you don’t want the post to remain on your page.

3. Create Or Post A Shorter TikTok

Unfortunately, if you don’t want to manually cut the TikTok video into smaller clips or upload the TikTok as a regular video post / Reel instead, the only other option is to post a shorter TikTok video.

If the total length of the TikTok video is under 15 seconds, it should post to your Instagram Story without experiencing any problems.

The full video will play as normal in one segment, and everyone will be able to view the entire thing without any parts of it missing.

Originally, the maximum length of a TikTok video was only 15 seconds. So, in the past, every TikTok posted would be shared in full when posted to your Instagram Story.

Since today’s TikTok videos are much longer than that, unfortunately only the shortest ones still work without splitting the clip up.

So, consider filming a TikTok less than 15 seconds if you intend to share it to your Story – otherwise, uploading it as an Instagram Reel may be a better idea!

Instagram Is Testing Out Longer Video In Stories

Many people have been wondering – is there any way to extend the length of Stories, and post videos that are longer than 15 seconds in length?

Good news! Although longer videos are not yet supported for all users, Instagram does appear to be testing out longer videos within Instagram Stories – up to 60 seconds.

This means if this feature is rolled out, you should be able to share TikTok videos up to 60 seconds in length without having to split or cut them.

While this won’t take care of ALL TikTok videos (after all, TikTok now allows 10 minute uploads), it should significantly increase the number of TikToks that you’re able to share.

Of course, for videos longer than Instagram’s maximum Story length, they will still need to be stitched together in separate clips. Of course, the clips will be able to be much longer, so you won’t need as many of them.

Let’s hope this update rolls out to more users soon!


If you try to post a TikTok longer than 15 seconds to your Instagram story, it will be cut off.

This is because Instagram currently only allows videos up to 15 seconds per Story segment.

However, by cutting your video into multiple 15 second clips, it’s possible to share your full TikTok in your Instagram Story without it being cut off.

I hope that you’ve found this article to be helpful. If you have any questions about sharing your TikTok videos on Instagram, please ask them using the comment form below.

Wishing you the best,

– James McAllister

About the author 

James McAllister

James is the owner of He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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