How To Download Instagram Videos
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Instagram has added all sorts of compatibility in recent years, from short videos to Stories; and more recently, to the new Instagram TV (IGTV) option for watching your favorite creators. This makes Instagram not just a destination for uploading photos, but also unique and creative videos. In some ways, it almost seems like Facebook and Instagram are making it even harder to get away from the site, and if you’re headed offline, there’s a good chance you’ll want to take a few of the videos with you to watch without WiFi. Fortunately, the process of video downloading is quite simple.
Instagram showcases hundreds and thousands of videos uploaded by creators from everywhere in the world. These videos cover almost everything from professional EPs to slightly less savory subjects. There really is something for everyone on Instagram and quite surely, you will get hooked for hours of entertainment while scrolling the app. Once in a while you will come across corporate advertising and promotions, but past these is a ripe ground for interesting creations.
One of the obvious reasons why you may want to download videos is to make sure you save copies of your most favorite videos. Luckily for you, there are multiple ways to do this and we have compiled a list of the best methods for you.
There are four main ways to download Instagram videos. You can use an app or your browser and a couple of downloader websites. You can also download manually if you prefer or use IFTTT to automate it. Let’s take a look at each.
Downloading Instagram videos is not supported by Instagram themselves. They would obviously prefer having you spend as much time as possible on the social network. As long as you do not share the content you download and do not violate any copyright, you will be fine.
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Download Instagram Videos Using an App
The InstaSave Android app is a useful app that allows you to download whatever Instagram video you want. Here’s what you need to do:
- Download the app from Google Play and install it.
- Then, open it and paste the video URL into the app where it says ‘paste your link here’.
- Click Save Video and the app will do its work. The app also allows you to download any hashtags or text that comes with the video.
Other apps that do similar things include InstaTV for iOS. It works in much the same way and offers the same fast and simple downloading of media from Instagram.
Download Instagram Videos On Your Mac or PC Browser
There are a few websites that allow fast downloading of Instagram videos through your browser. One is W3Toys and another is SaveDeo. W3Toys is much more preferable but it can be busy and slow at peak times. For this reason, we are listing a backup website that has less traffic and works faster. We do have a fair warning if you choose SaveDeo, though. It does have a tendency to list the most popular video downloads and many of them are definitely not safe for work or for younger eyes!
To make this work, capture the URL of the video you want to download. Navigate to the W3Toys website and paste the URL into the box. Hit Go and the site will download the video onto your device to get started.
Another decent downloader site is Instadown. It works like the other two websites listed above. Add the URL into the box and hit Instadown. Alternatively, hit Get BB Link and the site will generate a permalink to the video that removes any ads included in the video.
Download Instagram videos manually
Instagram has no specific tool to download videos as they want you to stay on the site as much as possible and it’s also a slight privacy issue for them. Yet with a simple tweak you can change all that.
If you don’t trust apps or downloader websites, just try this. Open the video on Instagram using a browser. Right click anywhere on the page and select View page source or words to that effect. Press Ctrl + F on a Windows computer to perform a search and type ‘mp4’. The result should point you to a URL. Copy that URL into a new browser tab and it will play the video. Press Ctrl + S to save it to your computer.
While the manual way takes a few seconds longer, it doesn’t rely on anything, be it an app or downloader on a browser, or anything else. If you prefer to keep apps to a minimum or don’t trust those downloader websites, this is the way to download Instagram videos. It will work time after time and won’t get too busy and lag like the downloader sites.
Use IFTTT to download Instagram videos
The final way we are teaching you to download Instagram videos is also the coolest and the most “techy.” It uses an IFTTT recipe to automatically download any video you like onto your cloud storage. This is great if you’re on a mission to collect video series or just want to save videos for later use. You will need an IFTTT account, a Dropbox account and (obviously) an Instagram account for this to work. Log into IFTTT and use this recipe or make your own. To make a recipe, you need to activate the Instagram channel and your Dropbox channel, then use the recipe.
Set Instagram as the trigger and select an option. You will see ‘New video by specific user’, ‘Videos by anyone tagged’ or ‘You like a video.’ Select the last option, ‘You like a video.’ Then, click the ‘that’ link to set up the destination. Select ‘Upload File from URL’ as the action, select your Dropbox account as the destination and then create recipe. Finally just turn it on. Now, any time you like a video on Instagram, IFTTT will automatically download it to Dropbox for you to access at any time. How cool is that?
Each of these methods is a viable way to download videos from Instagram. If you don’t use the IFTTT site or don’t regularly download videos, using the last may not be worth your while. In that case, the manual method or websites that we listed above might be more to your tastes. Remember though, those videos highlighted and shown on the main page of SaveDeo will usually contain NFSW content. You have been warned!
Do you regularly download from Instagram? Have any other ways of downloading that aren’t listed here? Use any other Android or iOS app not mentioned? Tell us about it below and help the community.