Ah, Instagram video. A yardstick by which we can all measure our online popularity—or not.
We’ve already shown you everything you need to know about Instagram video, but what if you want to download them, share them, and view them at your leisure?
Whether it’s your own amazing creations or quality content from your friends, downloading videos from Instagram is as easy as pie. Just choose one of the methods below and get cracking.
1. Video Downloader for Instagram
Available on: Android
Android users can find an abundance of specialist apps for downloading Instagram videos in the Google Play Store (tips for using the Google Play Store).
One of the most popular is Video Downloader for Instagram. It lets you download or repost videos from Instagram with a single tap. The app can even download the tags that accompany the videos.
The downloaded content is automatically added to your phone’s gallery app.
Download: Video Downloader for Instagram (Free)
Available on: Android, iOS, Web
Do you want to download all of your Instagram videos? Or maybe save Instagram videos you like? You can set up an IFTTT applet. To get the applet working, you will need an IFTTT account, an Instagram account, and a Dropbox account (how to get more done with Dropbox).
The result is an automatic process in which any Instagram video you add or like is automatically downloaded and added to your chosen Dropbox folder. What could be simpler than that?
3. PostGraber [No Longer Available]
Available on: Web
PostGraber differs from a lot of the other web-based Instagram download tools. Whereas most of them can only grab one piece of content per post, PostGraber can download all of the photos and videos that are associated with a single post.
All you need is the URL of the Instagram post you want to download. You can get it on the mobile app by going to Copy Link, or from the browser’s address bar on the web app.
Paste the URL into the box on the PostGraber website and click Go. The web app will take care of the rest.
Note: This app only works with public Instagram posts.
Available on: Web
Dredown—which is still sometimes referred to by its previous name, Instadown—is one of the original Instagram video download tools, and it’s still going strong.
Like PostGraber, all Dredown needs to work is a URL. Paste the URL into the box and click Dredown. Within a few seconds, your browser will start downloading the MP4 file.
Dredown works with more services than just Instagram. You can also use it to download content from YouTube, Facebook, Keek, Twitter, Twitch, Vine, Vimeo, Metacafe, Vevo, Kohtakte, and Tumblr. For all the services it supports, you just need to URL of the post, video, or photo you want to save.
Available on: iOS
Okay, so we’ve covered Android and web apps. But how do you download Instagram videos on iOS?
Well, there are several apps in the App Store that profess the ability to download videos—but they’re often packed with ads and in-app purchases, and are difficult to use.
One exception is Regrammer. The app is entirely free, and although it’s ad-supported, the ads aren’t so obnoxious you’ll want to steer clear.
Once again, you’ll need the URL of the Instagram video you want to download to make the app work. When you have it, open the Regrammer app, paste in the URL, and click Preview.
On the final page, you can choose to either download the video onto your device or repost it under your own name.
Download: Regrammer [No Longer Available] (Free)
For iOS, you can also check out how to download videos from any social media site, not just Instagram.
6. OG Instagram [NO LONGER AVAILABLE]
Available on: Android
OG Instagram is not in the Google Play Store. To get your hands on it you’ll need to sideload the app on your Android device.
The app is not just a way to download and save Instagram videos on Android—it’s also a full-featured Instagram client that lets you follow hashtags, use two accounts on the same device, view the profile picture of users (by long-pressing), and share URLs to external apps.
Download: OG Instagram [NO LONGER AVAILABLE]
Available on: Web
We will leave you with one more web app. It’s always sensible to keep a few web apps for downloading Instagram videos in your arsenal, as they will often go down for a couple of days at a time.
By now, you’ll be familiar with the process for using the service. Grab the URL of the video or picture you want, then paste it into the Gramblast web app and click Download.
Depending on the size of the file, you should have a new MP4 on your computer within a matter of seconds. You can use the video to re-upload to a different social network, or just keep it on your hard drive so you can refer back to it later.
Remember Instagram Video Copyrights
As easy as it is to download videos off Instagram, don’t forget that you have no rights over videos you did not create.
Yes, you can download them. Yes, you can enjoy them. But don’t go uploading them as your own, or distributing them in any other way, especially without giving due credit. You wouldn’t want the same thing done to you.
Other Ways to Download Instagram Videos
If these seven apps don’t give the results you want to download videos from Instagram, there are some additional methods you can use.
For example, you can one of the generic apps that let you download streaming videos from websites. VideoGrabby, Video DownloadHelper, and Freemake Video Downloader are all solid options in this department.
Not being able to download videos is just one of Instagram’s annoyances. We’ve covered how to get round other Instagram restrictions.