How to download videos from Instagram
Would you like to download videos from Instagram to share them with a friend of yours who is not subscribed to the social network or to watch them even when you are offline, but you do not know if it is possible to do it? If you want, I could be of help. Taken by curiosity, you may have decided to find a solution on the web. And that’s how you reached my blog.
Luckily, I can tell you that you are in the right place. In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know to download Instagram videos in high quality and for free. I will refer to both the videos published in the Stories, and those found in the news feed or in the Explore section in the form of posts. Not only that, I will also show you how to download Instagram TV videos. I state that I will tell you how to do it on PC, iOS and Android. Are you ready to get started? Well, then “no more chatter”, let’s start right away.
How to download videos from Instagram
Before starting with the guide, I must point out that, although it is possible to download the videos from Instagram, please note that they cannot be reloaded or reposted neither on Instagram nor on other social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter.
Carrying out the unauthorized repost, in fact, would not be a simple sharing. It would represent a serious violation of copyright rules, as the contents are protected by copyright and are the property of their respective creators. For this reason, Instagram doesn’t give you the ability to directly download other users’ videos.
However, there are free external apps and services that allow you to do this. I will talk about them in the in-depth information below, in a general way, and I will give you, in broad terms, the instructions for using them, without preferring one over the other.
I want to clarify that the guide is written and published for information. Therefore, use the procedures described in your own discretion and assuming all the risks of your actions.
You can download Instagram videos ?
The answer to this question isn’t as simple as you might imagine. If we talk about technical possibilities, then the answer is yes, it is possible to download videos from Instagram; but if we talk about legal possibilities, then the answer is more complicated and, at first glance, the answer would be no (as I told you in the introductory text).
They could not download videos from Instagram, nor from any other social network or portal, unless the platform itself offers the possibility to do so to view them offline.
This, however, is not the case with Instagram. Instagram doesn’t give you the ability to download videos natively. It allows you to do this only with yours and in certain circumstances. A bit like downloading Facebook videos.
The only way you would have to share and then repost an Instagram video on other platforms, perhaps other social or instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, would be to copy a direct link of the video . You could then send it via Direct or share it on other platforms.
Then there are apps and free online services that allow you to download Instagram Stories and posts related to accounts. public. In the following paragraphs, I’ll explain how they work.
In summary, however, it is possible to download videos from Instagram, but it is not very legal to do so and it would be better to avoid.
Download Instagram Stories
As for videos, even for images, live broadcasts and Stories, it is not possible to directly download this type of content from Instagram. To do this, you will need to use third-party apps or web services .
Searching the stores for iOS and Android, you will find lots of Story Saver , which will allow you to download a story secretly, without appearing in the list of views and avoiding taking screenshots or recording the mobile phone screen.
If you go to Instagram and open a Stories of your contact, you will immediately notice that there are few clickable elements on the screen: there is his username at the top, which refers to his profile; there are reactions; there is space to send a message; there are also three dots that, if clicked, will allow you to report the post.
In addition to these options, however, there is nothing else. There is no link to share the Story. In short, there is no option that allows you to send it to a contact via Direct message.
But then, how can I download that Story ? The correct answer would simply be: it can’t be done. In fact, there are plenty of tools that allow you to spy on and download videos from Instagram Stories. The important thing is that they are public accounts .
These apps generally require a login with your Instagram credentials. This means that, to save a Story, you will need to log in with your Instagram login details, on an app that is not Instagram. Already this, should make you desist from using these tools, because it is not a very safe practice.
In any case, I can assure you that most of the apps I used in the test phase work perfectly. Apps like Story Saver for Android and Story Reposter for iOS. Or even the most famous tools for downloading Stories online, such as Storiesig and Anonymous Instagram .
You just need to know the Instagram username related to the person you wish to spy on to monitor their activities. Yes, even if he had blocked or hidden Stories from you. Moreover, you will be completely anonymous, invisible to the social network view controls.
In short, with these apps you can download all the contents that, at that moment, are published in the Stories from the public profiles you know. It does not matter if they are photos, videos or direct (live) finished. In addition, you will be able to download Instagram videos from Featured Stories.
You will not be able to view or download Stories from private accounts or those that have been included in the invisible Instagram list from public accounts. Read how to save the IG stories of others to learn more.
Download Instagram post
Until a few years ago, downloading images or videos from Instagram posts was much easier. It was enough to log into a user’s Instagram profile from a PC. Using a browser and activating the “Inspect” mode, it was possible to save the multimedia file of each post.
Today, this possibility, which was given by a security flaw in the web version of Instagram, is no longer available and there are no legal and legitimate methods to be able to download videos from the photo social network (at least officially).
The only legitimate tool at your disposal is the screenshot , just in case it was an image, or the screen capture , if it were a movie. These are not the most effective procedures, I agree, but they are the only tools that you can use without worries at the moment.
If you want to try your luck and try third-party apps, like Stories, there are apps to download Instagram posts . You can find them easily and for free on the stores for iPhone or Android.
There are hundreds of apps that allow you to save Instagram posts (both images and videos). Some allow selective downloads, i.e. they allow you to select all the posts you want to download one at a time; others automatically, which then allow you to select a user and download his entire feed.
Apps that allow you to selectively download Instagram posts usually don’t need a login, and you can use them freely. Among the many, you could use Video Downloader for Instagram or FastSave for Instagram .
Usually, to download a post from the Instagram feed, you have to go to the post you want to download, select the three dots in the top right and select the Copy link item.
Once you have copied the URL address, you can go to the download or reposting app and paste the link in the space provided, if present (some apps automatically import the link you copied).
To this period, you can choose whether to save the video or repost it . In case of repost , the app will automatically add an overlay , showing the profile picture and username of the original post author.
Please note that it is not possible to download Instagram posts from private accounts without following them. You should at least be accepted as a follower.
Lastly, I remind you that, for this purpose, the apps for reposting on Instagram are also valid. I have already presented them to you in the dedicated guide.
Download private Instagram video accounts
To download a post from a private Instagram profile , some of the reposting and download apps may not work. This is because, in order to have access to posts from a private account, that account must have authorized you to view their posts.
However, this does not mean that it is impossible to download posts from a private account. , but that’s simply more complicated. While to download a post from a public account, you can use any third-party app that allows you to download posts, to download them from a private account, you can only use those apps that require you to access your Instagram account .
If you had been accepted as a follower, in fact, you would have no problem downloading videos from Instagram shared by a private profile.
Once logged in with your data access to Instagram on an app to save IG videos, this will have access to all your information and will be able to see the posts of the users you follow, even if they have a hidden profile.
As soon as you have entered yours login data, you will have to go to Instagram , select the post you want to download, tap or click (if you use a PC) on the three dots located just above the post, and select the Copy link option.
Once the lin k to that post, you will need to import it into the application for download or reposting. The application will do all the work independently, then allowing you to save or republish the post.
If you choose to republish the multimedia content you have downloaded, the app will automatically insert an overlay with the profile picture and the name of the creator. The same is also true if you have to download the photos of others from Instagram. Further information, you can find them in the specific guide that I have already written.
Download Instagram videos online
The procedure I have explained to you so far, is valid both for PCs and smartphones and tablets, with one difference: on smartphones and tablets, the download takes place via third-party apps (usually).
On the computer or Mac, however, you will not have to install anything and you can use the very comfortable web app , in which you can insert the direct link to the post (image or video) you want to download. Then just select the resolution and click on Download.
Generally, these services do not allow you to download the video at maximum resolution, but stop at a previous step. If the video was uploaded in Full HD , for example, you will almost certainly be allowed to download it, at most, in HD.
This limitation is linked to the copyright of the content. According to US copyright law, in fact, it is possible to use fragments of a protected work, or the work at a low quality, for educational, parody and popularization purposes.
In short, at least in the USA, you can use copyrighted videos to create new material, as long as this does not represent competition for the original work.
Download high-quality Instagram videos
If you want to download videos from Instagram in high quality , or in any case at the maximum resolution, although it is not legal, you should know that there are offline tools that allow you to do this.
These are some programs that you will need to download and install on your Windows, Linux or macOS PC. Once installed, you will have to proceed in the usual way, that is copying the link of the multimedia content you intend to download, paste it or import it into the application, select the resolution of the original file (which in this case will be maximum), click on Download and wait for the video to be downloaded to your computer hard drive.
Download video from Instagram TV
IGTV is currently the most impenetrable of Instagram’s features. There are no apps or online tools that allow you to download multimedia content published on IGTV channels.
At the time of this writing, the only way to download videos from IGTV , is to use an app for recording the display of the smartphone or tablet while playing the video.