How To: Really Connect Your Instagram Account to Facebook on Your iPhone

Really Connect Your Instagram Account to Facebook on Your iPhone

How to Really Connect Your Instagram Account to Facebook on Your iPhone

I recently ran into a problem connecting my Instagram app on my iPhone 5 to Facebook, and neither Instagram's or Facebook's help pages were as helpful as they claim to be.

Instagram 3.4 is supposed to have improved sharing integration for iOS 6, supposedly making the connection to Facebook simplified and seamless on an iPhone 5.

Once you first try to share a photo on Instagram to Facebook, it will tell you to go to iOS Settings -> Privacy -> Facebook and then turn on Instagram to give it access.

If you're lucky, it will be as simple as that. But if you're like me, you'll never even see Instagram in the options.

As the help page on Instagram suggested, I deleted both Facebook and Instagram, then reinstalled, but it still would not work. Other folks on the web suggested disabling restrictions by going to iOS Settings -> General -> Restrictions and making sure it was disabled. Mine already was. Facebook offered no help on the matter.

It could have just been a temporary glitch, but no matter what I tried, I kept getting the message to enable Instagram in the Facebook privacy settings on my iPhone, where Instagram never appeared. So, if you've been having that problem too, this is what finally solved it for me.

How to Finally Connect Your Instagram to Facebook

The trick is getting on your computer and going to the Instagram app page on Facebook, which you can get to directly from this link. Make sure you're logged into your Facebook account before doing this, on both the online and mobile version.

NOTE: You will not be able to do this in Safari on your iPhone, because clicking on the Instagram app on mobile Facebook there will merely send you to the Instagram app already installed on your iPhone or to the one in the App Store. So, make sure you are doing this on your computer.

Once on the Instagram app page on your computer, click on Send to Mobile to "send" the app to your iPhone. Since you're already logged into the Facebook app on your iPhone, this will simply send out a notification to you.

Once you get the notification on your iPhone, click on it. If you missed the popup, you can always find it in the notifications bar, too.

This will open up your notifications in the Facebook app.

Then, click on that notification and you should be golden. It will open up the Instagram app on your iPhone and finally let you share your photos.

To verify, you can go back to the Facebook Privacy settings and see that Instagram is now turned on and not missing entirely.

And that's it. Pretty simple, despite this not being noted anywhere online. You'd think that since Facebook owns Instagram, that something like this wouldn't happen.

Maybe it just happened to be down temporarily while I was initially attempting this, but just in case it's happening to you, this will hopefully get you connected.

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thank you soooo much! this was driving me crazy! i just got the i phone 5 about a week ago and just signed up with instagram and could not get them to connect so i could find my friends and post to both at the same time. i could not find any info ANYWHERE on the web until i stumbled upon this. THANK YOU SO MUCH! haha. :)

Thank you for the help!!!

Ok so I tried this and it still didn't work !??? Help??

this happened to me too... were you able to fix yours?

it wont work until you try to share a photo.

take a pic with instagram
then tap share with facebook. (should be a list of most social networks below the pic you just took.)
then allow it to post on your behalf

??

profit!

An error occurred. Please try again later. This is what i got after clicking on the "send to mobile" button on the instagrasm app page.

OMG!!!! Thank you that was driving me crazy!!!!!

Thank you! This was incredibly helpful and solved an extremely frustrating problem.

I tried this and it still didnt work. Help!!!

Omg thank you!! Have been trying to figure it out all day. :)))

I just got a iPhone 4S and cannot link Facebook to Instagram. On my HTC wheni took the photo and went to post to Instagram I had the option of clicking FB. This option is not being offered any suggestions? Thank you.

Gerry, hopefully this process would have worked for linking your Facebook to Instagram. If not, I'm not sure what to tell you. If it did, sharing to Facebook is pretty easy on Instagram from the iOS app.

When you take a picture using Instagram, after you get past the filter screen, you should see the options to select Facebook, so it shares to both Instagram and Facebook.

You can share pictures you've already taken by selecting your picture in Instagram, then clicking on the ellipsis button, and hitting "Share Photo". This will bring you to the share menu. Make sure Facebook is highlighted and hit the green "Share" button in the top right.

An error occurred. Please try again later. This is what i got after clicking on the "send to mobile" button on the instagrasm app page.

I get this too - I am really starting to get frustrated with the whole thing! The worst part is that it WAS connected to one of my old facebook account on my phone, it is just switching it to THIS fb account that is giving me this issue

Most helpful, thank you so much for taking the time!

thank you! this exact problem has been driving me crazy for ages and this finally sorted it for me!

I'm glad this solution is working out for most of you! For those of you it isn't working on... persistence is key... it may take a few tries. Or, maybe it just doesn't work for everyone. It's pretty lame that we have to go through a process like this anyway to link accounts!

After trying out that "Send To Mobile" option which kept giving me persistent ERROR results, MR. CARLO SALGADA (a commenter at wonderhowto.com) finally did it for me!

And mind you, I just created this account to thank him! I'm a happy boy.

So ATTENTION EVERYONE. TRY THIS:

  1. Settings > Facebook > Click Currently Logged In Account > DELETE ACCOUNT
  1. Go to Instagram App > Click Cog Icon Upper Right > scroll down to PREFERENCES > Click SHARE SETTINGS > Click Facebook and VOILA! IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY REDIRECT YOU TO A PAGE THAT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO LOG-IN ON YOUR FACEBOOK (which eventually re-directs you back to Instagram that will show a highlighted Facebook Icon above Twitter; i.e., FB is already connected to your IG!)

That's it! Believe me, after all the frustrating attempts, searching high and low, THIS tip by a certain Carlo Salgada was the HOLY GRAIL to all this sht. Hallelujah!

  1. REJOICE!

=)

Now I can Instagram back! Much thanks to Carlo! KristoffersonGuela y'all c",)

HOLY CRAP!!!!! FINALLY!!! I AM BACK ON TRACK!!!

this is was driving me crazy, at first when i did this it forced closed on me and i thought i was totally f*ed and than i tried it again!! now i can ONCE again post my pictures from instagram to fb!

uhhhhhh what a amazing feeling!! thank you my new favorite person!!!

Thank you! I have been doing everything I could think of to fix this issue and what you listed is the ONLY thing that worked!

THANK YOU! i've been screwing around all day trying to get these apps relinked after i made across the board password updates. This FINALLY got me straight!

This worked for me. Thank you SO MUCH.

i did everything suggested, but instagram does not show up in privacy/facebook on my iphone 5- even though i have successfully connected to instagram on the computer.

mine is still not working and after a lot of research i think i have narrowed the problem down, but still am extremely unsure of how to fix it. When I go to Settings>Privacy>Facebook all i see is the stock message of "Applications that have requested access to your facebook will appear hear" and i do not see the actual facebook app like the picture shown above. I have deleted and re added my facebook app and the facebook account in my phone a million times and I still cant get facebook to ask for privacy permission. Even when i have reinstalled my account once you log in and it shows the apps that have access to your account, mine only lists calendar and contacts but does not actually list facebook. HOW DO I FIX THIS?! this is driving me nuts. My settings keep popping up and asking me to enter my facebook password because there was a problem accessing my account and no matter how many times i enter the correct password it still doesnt work. I need help!!!!

Katie, your problem sounds like a doozy.

First, maybe go to Settings on your iPhone and just scroll down until you see the Facebook app (usually right beside Twitter). Click on that and you'll see the account that you're logged in with on the iPhone. If you're not logged into Facebook, try to do so from there.

If you are logged in, you should also see the apps that use your account, including the Facebook app. Make sure it's turned on (and Instagram if it's there). Then proceed with the instructions above (if it didn't already take care of the problem).

If you're still having issues, maybe go to Settings -> General -> Reset and Reset Location & Privacy. This could clear all of your privacy settings, which might make things easier, except be warned... it reset privacy settings for all apps. Then, try to go from there.

Thanks heaps! I had tried all instruction given but it didn't work for me until I find your solution!

Thanks for the additional help! I tried it, and unfortunately it still didn't work. I will keep on searching for a solution and when I figure out what went wrong I will let you guys know!

Justin, I can't thank you enough for the help... The advices from the article also didn't help me and then I saw this picture you posted and went to check fb settings and the reason I couldn't post from instagram to Fb is because a few days ago I changed the password to Fb and so, Instagram couldn't connect until I resolved the issue in Fb settings... God bless you!

Thanks for this info Justin! But can you help me when the same problem happened for my iPad mini (iOs 6)? It doesn't work :(

I'm logged in, did all the steps. I even deledted facebook from the ios facebook privacy. Well, OK, this works on allowing instagram to pose on facebook account but when i click share on facebook it says "sharing succeeeded" but the photos does'nt appear on my facebook page. I'm back to square 1 man.

Mine says sharing succeeded but it really did not! Did you get yours fixed and how?

Try following the additional steps in my post below - hope it helps!

Thanks! This was the only thing that worked! Phew! :)

Thank you! Didn't quite know what to do, until you (via this article) came to my rescue. Worked like a charm. Thanks much!

Awesome, thanks so much!!! This has been driving me nuts...

There was an additional step that I needed to do, though, before Instagram appeared in my Privacy settings under Facebook:

  • Go to Instagram
  • Go to Profile
  • Go to Settings (Gear Cog)
  • Go to Share Settings
  • Click on Facebook and follow the authorisation steps.

I know all of us tried this the first time around, but it was only after following Justin's method that I had success with this. Perhaps this will help everyone who still cannot see the Instagram option when they go to the Privacy Settings for Facebook.

Great, thanks for sharing these extra tips!

i have tried all these steps and it still is not working for me

Thank you Justin! You are the only person who has been able to help me get my sharing of Instagram back on Facebook. A million thanks!

J.

thank you so much!!! it was really helpful :)

Thank you so much! I should have looked here before spending all my time uninstalling, reinstalling, etc.

Thank you so much!!! it's really helpful. :D

Finally a bit of advice on the internet that isn't written by a complete spastic. If there was an awards event for internet advice, you would get my vote. Thank you so much.

Worked like a charm! Thanks!

THANK YOUFOR THIS POST. IVE BEEN TRYING FOR THREE WEEKS TO GET THIS TO WORK & THIS DID IT INSTANTLY

Thanks for this... I think I echo the comments written a hundred times before - it worked for me. Although the instagram option didn't appear under facebook privacy settings, the app connected and that is all I was after.

Thanks again! :)

Great works a treat..... Many thanks

Don't see why it wouldn't work. Give it a try! :)

just created an account to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
works 100%

I went through all the steps and Im still getting that message "make sure youve allowed instagram to use fb in IOS>settings>privacy>facebook!!! HELP ME, please! What should I do?

OMG Thank you soooo much. I've been an android user forever, and recently got a free upgrade to an iphone 4 and I hate it so much. But thanks to you I finally got my Instagram and FB linked. God Bless you!!

thank you so much! This def solved my social networking crisis lol I was going crazy!

Thank you very much, I was pulling out my hair. It also works for my iPad as well as my iPhone 4S.
Great answer to this problem

Ugh, THANK YOU! I was driving myself crazy, wondering why it wouldn't work! But now, because of your post, it works! Thanks again!

I'm using iPad. Was deleting IG from FB cause friend got annoyed seeing my 'likes' running out. Have try this but still won't work

For everyone this didn't work for - after trying nearly everything (and almost smashing my iPhone) - I have found the solution!

  1. Click settings on your ios device
  2. Go down to Facebook
  3. Click your username
  4. Click delete account....

Then open Instagram and try again!

YAY!

This actually worked! After trying for the past hour a million different ways. You rock!

This worked! Thanks so much! The only thing I don't understand now is how I'm able to open my facebook mobile app when I just deleted the account from my phone! Weird!

I love you!!! I have tried everything hundred times in different variations! "Send to phone" through facebook app would show an error. It was driving me crazy!!!!

that did'nt work either

Thanks so much! After weeks of trying this is the only thing which has worked!

This is the only thing that worked - hallelu-yer!!

Yours worked!!!!! Thank you!!!

Thanks you so, so, much - It was so frustrating and there was no where on line on how to do it. Much thanks...Blessings

wow... thanks... i've been working on it for the past 3 days... couldnt get to that IOS Settings... while instagram was already "ON" on my facebook...

it worked with just a click... thanks a lot!

Yay Georgia, what a relief...I prefer to post pictures to tell my friends what's happening in my life. I nearly went spare trying to figure this out. Thank you so much for eliminating the frustration!! I'm so happy to be able to share again. :)

THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I have been trying repeatedly to fix this error and this fixed it immediately with NO PROBLEM!! :-))

I've tried removing both apps and re-installing, no luck, tried all methods above, no luck, worked fine on my 4S but upgraded to the 5 and now it doesn't work, very frustrating!!! grrrrrr

Sorry to hear that Dawn. If you end up figuring it out, let us know what fixed it for you, in case someone else runs into the same problem.

Ugh. Clicking "Send to Mobile" is just giving me an error. I have activated my phone number on Facebook so I'm not sure what the issue is. Could just be down but I have no idea. I sent them an email to report it. Hopefully I find a solution soon.

HEY EVERYONE!
i found a solution. Go to Settings > Facebook > Select Current Facebook Account. Then Delete you Account Details.

after that, go back to instagram and it should connect to facebook now.

MY OH MY!
F-I-N-A-L-L-Y!

After trying out that "Send To Mobile" option which kept giving me persistent ERROR results, CARLO SALGADA finally did it for me! And mind you, I just created this account to thank him! I'm a happy boy.

So ATTENTION EVERYONE. TRY THIS:

  1. Settings > Facebook > Click Currently Logged In Account > DELETE ACCOUNT
  1. Go to Instagram App > Click Cog Icon Upper Right > scroll down to PREFERENCES > Click SHARE SETTINGS > Click Facebook and VOILA! IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY REDIRECT YOU TO A PAGE THAT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO LOG-IN ON YOUR FACEBOOK (which eventually re-directs you back to Instagram that will show a highlighted Facebook Icon above Twitter; i.e., FB is already connected to your IG!)

That's it! Believe me, after all the frustrating attempts, searching high and low, THIS tip by a certain Carlo was the HOLY GRAIL to all this sh*t. Hallelujah!

  1. REJOICE!

c",)

Now I can Instagram back! KristoffersonGuela y'all ;-)

Not working. I just get an error message when I click on "Send To Mobile". What can I do??

I just found an even easier way!! Went into Iphone 5 Settings>Facebook (the actual Facebook settings) Then where it gives you your name and login details for facebook, click on your name and delete the login account. When deleted, go to instagram and try to share the photo again and it says that you need to login to facebook, click ok and accept the requests and instagram happily allows posting via the facebook app. Then just add your details back into the settings and everything works fine.

OK, this works on allowing instagram to pose on facebook account but when i click share on facebook it says sharing succeeeded but the photos does'nt appear on my facebook page. I'm back to square 1 man.

When I click on the send to mobile button, my computer takes me to a page that says "An error occurred. Please try again later." I have tried at different times on different computers...nothing works!!

Nevermind - I tried the deleting my facebook account, and then I was all set! Thanks guys!

An error occurred. Please try again later. This is what i got after clicking on the "send to mobile" button on the instagram app page. Please help me?

After trying out that "Send To Mobile" option which kept giving me persistent ERROR results, MR. CARLO SALGADA (a commenter at wonderhowto.com) finally did it for me!

And mind you, I just created this account to thank him! I'm a happy boy.

So ATTENTION EVERYONE. TRY THIS:

  1. Settings > Facebook > Click Currently Logged In Account > DELETE ACCOUNT
  1. Go to Instagram App > Click Cog Icon Upper Right > scroll down to PREFERENCES > Click SHARE SETTINGS > Click Facebook and VOILA! IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY REDIRECT YOU TO A PAGE THAT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO LOG-IN ON YOUR FACEBOOK (which eventually re-directs you back to Instagram that will show a highlighted Facebook Icon above Twitter; i.e., FB is already connected to your IG!)

That's it! Believe me, after all the frustrating attempts, searching high and low, THIS tip by a certain Carlo Salgada was the HOLY GRAIL to all this sht. Hallelujah!

  1. REJOICE!

=)

Now I can Instagram back! Much thanks to Carlo! KristoffersonGuela y'all c",)

thank you so much! your way worked the rest didn't!

I have done all the tips on this page inside and out! Instagram is not appearing in my settings, videos from instagram will not go to FB and videos from my iphone5 will not got onto FB. Any solutions

FOR ALL THOSE THAT NOTHING HAS WORKED FOR!! I figured it out. What you need to do is uninstall instagram. Install it again. When you open the app, tap on register. Then click use Facebook info. Allow Facebook to use instagram. Then hit the "back" button and hit "sign in" with your instagram username. This should work since I had all of the same problems! Hope this helps!!

None of this works for me unfortunately :( All appears to be connected however when trying to share a photo from Instagram to my Facebook, Instagram even says "sharing succeeded" but when I go on my Facebook the photo isn't there. Any other ideas on how to fix this?

Thank you so so so much ^^

You are amazing!!! Thank you so much! This was doing my head in for weeks.

Amazeballs! Thank you so much! I have been driving myself crazy with this for weeks!

Can someone please help me, I've been trying al the possible solutions i found on the internet for the last 3 hours.. But NOTHING works for me, i think i've tried everything... I'm just getting really angry, it happened from one day on another that i couldnt use hashtags anymore.. and instagram doesnt help with ANYTHING!!, please someone, try to help me some more.. i dont know what to do

I TRIEDDDD NOTHING EVER DOES WORK! I have ipod touch and tried to that but nothing work! Getting me frustration. =(

THANK YOU! I tried uninstalling the apps as well and nothing worked for weeks. Really appreciate your help.

thank you sooo much i was stuck on this forever i swear i was getting stressed cause i had to do double the work :/ but this helped so much thank you .

Learned something else.

I wasn't getting anything. I went into Settings->Facebook->Login and still nothing...wouldn't connect. Went into Instagram and clicked on the cog->Preferences->Share Settings->clicked on the greyed out Facebook expecting to go to the authorization page...and nothing. It wasn't until I actually installed the Facebook APP that things actually started working. For those of you who don't want the Facebook App on your phone but want Instagram to post to it, you MUST download the Facebook App to the phone FIRST, link the two apps, then delete the Facebook App. It seems Facebook wants a choke hold on your social media...

I followed all the steps given above but im still not able to share my instagram photos on facebook :(

My privacy>Facebook still does not show Instagram even though i've followed all the steps. Even my settings>facebook does not show instagram.

Some one please help :(
Im using an iPhone 5.

I have tried everything on here, and must now give up as either myself or my iPhone will be hospitalised.

anyone here can pls help me??? i am using andriod phn.. i cant even log in to my insta.. i need to change my insta password via facebook.. but it is not linked to my own insta acc.. how i can solve this problem??? this is the only way for me to change my insta password.

If after all this it still doesn't work, try and unlink and relink facebook in the Instagram settings, worked for me.

Just got a new iPhone 5s and tried every and still instagram does not show up under any of my settings linked to Facebook (where as it did before I started doing all of these steps). I can share my photo's however when I tap the 3 dots ... the option to share my friends photo's to FB does not appear anymore. It did before but wasn't working... Share is caring people and this is all I am trying to accomplish right now. This is BS I get a new phone and spend hours trying to get things working like they used to. I thought upgrading would make my life easier but instead I'm pulling my hair out!!!

There is a much, much simpler way!
I have the iPhone 5s with iOS 8.1.2

  1. In instagram app click on settings (top right corner, when your on your profile page)
  2. Go down to preferences
  3. Click on Share settings
  4. Click on facebook
  5. It will turn blue, which will allow sharing

Ta Da! Your done

oh my god! i can kiss u .. muuaah

Oh man thank you! I erased and reset my entire find and it still hadn't worked .... until I came to this thread! You ROCK! Finally I am up and running again.

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