How To Add Instagram Pictures to Tweets Instead of Just a Link

How To Work Around the Instagram Twitter Picture Feud

Instagram Pro Tip: How to display Instagram images within Twitter.

Twitter no longer displays the actual Instagram image, only a link, due to the rift between Facebook and Twitter.*

However, you can use IFTTT to circumvent this issue.

Here’s how:

  • Use the Instagram “any new photo” trigger and the Twitter “post a tweet with image” action. Voila!
  • Here’s a link to the recipe:

Here’s what the tweet will look like using IFTTT:


Here is how it looks without the IFTTT recipe:


You will not need to use a special hashtag and you do NOT need to share from the IG app.  IFTTT does all the work, automatically.

*The best explanation of the politics behind the rift is explained in Wired: It’s all about Twitter cards. Twitter cards are little pieces of metadata that publishers (Instagram, Tumblr, The New York Times) can attach to the things they push out onto the Internet. A Twitter card lets the publisher describe the item — be it a photo, a news story, or a video — and embed it into tweets. This is a system Twitter set up that any publisher can use. But in 2012, Instagram decided to stop supporting Twitter cards, choosing instead to direct everyone who wants to view a user’s photo to the Instagram website. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said the decision was made because the Facebook-owned company wanted better control over how and where users photos are displayed. It makes sense, but it doesn’t hide the fact that Twitter and Instagram are competitors and probably not the best of friends. Whatever Instagram’s motive, as Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said, “That’s their prerogative.”


Do this, you won’t regret it.  Pictures are much more likely to be retweeted.  One caveat:  If your end goal is to send Twitter followers back to your IG account, stick with the link only method instead of this IFTTT hack.

Have you tried IFTTT?  Any recipes that you want to share?  I’d love to know, so please leave a comment!

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How To Add Instagram Pictures to Tweets Instead of Just a Link
Show your Instagram pictures on Twitter, not just a link. We will show you how to work around the issue where sharing from Instagram only send the link to Twitter, not the actual picture.


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  1. Thanks Kim for the tip. Never tried IFTTT (though I’ve have seen and heard about it), but will look into it – thanks again! Keep up the great info!

  2. I’ve read this three times now and I don’t understand your instructions. Can you reframe your instructions? Thanks!

    • I have not tried it for video yet, but there is a video trigger for Instagram, so you can just substitute that in the recipe. Let me know if it works!

  3. Kimbely,

    thanks for this. just one question, do i still need to choose twitter under the “share” options in instagram, or will this just automatically post to my twitter without me having to chose the twitter share option. thanks

  4. I can’t get this to work – do i have to nominate a specific hashtag or something to make this happen? I have read about others IFTTT recipes that require some sort of hashtag…

    But yes – not working for me… alas.

  5. Is there a way to only post designated pics from IG to twitter? You’d think they’d have some sort of tagging situation for that. Thanks.

  6. Hi Kimberly – this is brat for Instagram. Do you know of a way that you can do the same sending an actual image from Tumblr to Twitter rather than the URL that they provide? If so, I would love to know how to do this!

  7. I have a question: this recipe was working for me. However, now every time I post a picture to instagram, it doesn’t automatically post the picture I just shared to instagram. It tweets an instagram picture from about 2 months ago. In fact, it tweets the same picture every time, from months ago. It’s like there’s a virus or something? Is there a way to turn off this recipe? Thank you!

    • Nevermind :) I went to the IFTTT website and logged in. It told me the recipes that are in use currently for me, and I just went in and turned it off. Hooray!

  8. I love this hack but can’t seem to figure it out. I’ve added the recipe but I am not sure exactly how to use this feature.

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