Knowing how to save Instagram videos can help you:
- Share helpful content with your users
- Increase engagement on Instagram
- Interact and collaborate with other users
Plus, you can download adorable puppy videos to watch later.
If that sounds up your alley, we want to help out. Here are five easy ways you can save Instagram videos today.
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5 simple ways to save Instagram videos
Note: If you’re saving another person’s video to share it on your own social feed, make sure to credit them in the post!
Not only is it the right thing to do, but you can avoid the kind of backlash that happened to Jerry Media in early 2019. The brand and their Instagram meme account came under fire for repurposing users’ tweets and posts without getting permission or crediting them.
Consider reading Instagram’s in-depth copyright policy before reposting any content from other users.
1. Save Instagram posts to your Collections
This method helps you save videos to your private Instagram profile. You can further organize the posts you save via “Collections.” Collections organize all the videos and pictures that users save on Instagram.
And it’s a simple: When you see a video you want to save, click the save icon below it.
Once you tap the icon, it’ll be available to view in the Saved page of your profile. You can access that by going to your profile page, clicking the hamburger icon in the top left side, and selecting Saved.
If you want to save the video to a specific Collection you’ve created, tap and hold the save icon and choose which collection you want to save the video to.
This method allows you to return to a video any time you want and watch it again. But, you can’t repost content to your own feed from Collections.
2. Save your own Instagram videos
If you have a video you created on Instagram for your profile or story, you can easily save it when you’re finished making it.
Simply record your video, and click on the download button at the top before you post it on your feed or story.
This works with videos you create for your feed and the ones you create for your Instagram story.
Luckily, if you’ve already posted the video to your Instagram Story, you can still save it.
Start by going to your Story and viewing the video. In the lower right hand corner, click on the three dots for more options.
You’ll then be taken to a menu where you can tap Save Video.
Your video will then download directly onto your phone.
Pro tip: Go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Story Controls and then toggle on Save to Camera Roll to automatically save all your Instagram Stories to your phone.
3. Manually record Instagram Stories
Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t allow you to download videos you find on your feed or on other users’ stories.
But, as long as you have the original poster’s permission, there are several workarounds for that. One easy way to save Instagram videos is to record your screen while the video is playing.
For iOS users, you can do this in five steps:
- Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone to reach the Control Center.
- Press the circular Record button.
- Tap Start Recording. A three second countdown will now begin before recording.
- Record your video.
- Open the Control Center again and tap the red circular Record button to stop.
Your video recording will now be available in your photos app. Check out the gif below for a full breakdown of this.
Androids don’t currently have a built-in function that allows you to record a screen. But there are some great apps out there that allow you to do it. Here’s a few of them:
Any of these apps will give you a good screen recording experience—and they’re free.
4. Use an app to save Instagram videos
The easiest way for you to save an Instagram video to your phone in order to repost and share with your users is with a third party app.
The good ones will allow you to easily download Instagram videos from another user’s feed or Instagram Story (again: as long as you have their permission). With it, you’ll be able to share it or save it to view at another time.
To help you out, here are a few great apps to download Instagram videos.
Note: For each app, we’ve included a link for either the Android or iOS download.
A free app that allows users to download videos and photos from Instagram stories. Users can download the images from the stories of users they follow. The app is very intuitive and easy-to-use. It takes just a few taps to download a video.
Once downloaded, you’ll be able to post the video on your own Story or feed (with permission from and credit to the original creator, of course).
Story Reposter (iOS)
Another great iOS app that allows you to download videos from users’ Instagram stories. Like StorySaver, you’ll be able to save and repost videos and images from different Instagram Stories.
All you need to do is search for the profile you want to rip the video from, and click on it before choosing the video you want to download.
Quick Reposter (iOS)
An app that allows you to both repost images and videos, as well as save and download them.
It has a very intuitive interface and simple design. Simply copy the link to the image or video you want to download, and it will save it to your device.
Another great app that’s similar to Quick Reposter. To save a post, simply copy the image or video URL and start downloading.
Also, with more than three million downloads, you’ll be in plenty of company with this popular Instagram video download app.
5. Use a web downloader
There are a number of great websites out there that allow you to download and save Instagram videos to your computer.
The catch is that you won’t be able to repost them on Instagram without importing them to your phone first. It’s a handy trick if you want to save Instagram videos and images for posterity.
Here are a few good websites that allow you to download a video with an Instagram link:
And don’t forget: Make sure you have the original poster’s permission to download their video, especially if you are going to repost it on your own account.
And that’s it. You now have the tools and know-how to save videos on Instagram.
Now go make great content (or repost great user-generated content).
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