Figuring out how to save videos on Instagram isn’t as complicated as it first seems, as long as you have the right tools. While there used to be an option in the three-dot menu that let you save videos directly to your camera roll, platform changes in recent years have made that feature disappear. Thankfully, Instagram still makes it super easy – well, sort of!
If you have the best iPhone or Android phone, Instagram is probably one of your favorite apps. There is a reason for this. This beautiful social media platform is all about being in the moment, allowing you to snap a photo or video quickly and easily and share it with friends and family. Plus, you can view photos and videos shared by others, many of which you might want to download and save.
Finding and saving videos on Instagram so you can watch them again later is a piece of cake, but one problem with the app is that it doesn’t offer a built-in option to download videos you want to save for posterity. If you want to do this, you’re going to have to use a third-party app, which, interestingly enough, is all you need to do if you want to learn how to post to Instagram from your PC.
The good news is, there are plenty of these tools out there, so if you want to save videos from Instagram, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re on your best computer, your phone, or your best tablet, there are a variety of options for downloading Instagram videos. Here are some of the best…
Save Instagram Videos to Your Computer
There are many websites that allow you to save videos from Instagram, and they all work in a similar way. However, the easiest, smoothest, and most reliable is Vidmateonlinevideo (Opens in a new tab).
To use the site, you first need to visit Instagram and load the video you are interested in. Copy the URL from your browser address bar, switch to the Vidmateonlinevideo page, click on the Instagram link at the top, and paste the URL into the Vidmateonlinevideo page’s text bot. Click the Vidmateonlinevideo button, wait for the video to analyze, and then download.
Other web services that work in a similar way include DownloadGram(opens in a new tab) and Download Instagram Video(opens in a new tab).
Save Instagram Videos on iPhone
iOS’ security restrictions mean that saving videos on Instagram isn’t as easy as it is on the desktop, but it’s not too tricky either — you just have to choose the right app.
One option is Blaze: Browser and File Manager (opens in a new tab). Just copy the URL of the Instagram post from the Instagram app and paste it to Blaze. Next, you need to click on the download button and then select the “Export video to camera roll” option. Of course, you can also use any of the web-based options mentioned above if you prefer.
Save Instagram Videos on Android
For Android users, there are a few options when it comes to how to save videos on Instagram, including using one of the web-based services mentioned above. However, there are also apps that make things easier. One such option is Video Downloader for Instagram (Opens in a new tab), a free app that does much like its name.
Since the app is free, you’ll have to live with ads, but that’s only a minor distraction. Video Downloader for Instagram does a good job of explaining how to use it, but it’s worth summarizing.
In the Instagram app, tap the three dots button in the upper right corner of the post where you want to save the video and select “Copy Link.” Switch to the video downloader for Instagram, select the “Paste” option. That’s all there is to it.