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How to save Instagram videos

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There a ton of good reasons you'd want to download Instagram videos. If it's your own, it may be easier to download that route through your phone to find the video. Maybe you added something to a story you wish you had recorded instead. Whatever the case, when you need to download video from Instagram, it's not easy if you try to do it directly.

There's also no good way to save Instagram videos. Here, we'll walk you through how to download Instagram videos, how to save Instagram videos, and which apps are best for downloading and viewing downloaded Instagram videos anywhere.

How to download a video from Instagram

When you want to download from Instagram, there's just no direct method. Like Facebook, you can save videos to view later, but that's only good when you're in the app. Moreover, it only works when you have an internet connection.

Luckily, we know how to download videos from Instagram! You'll likely run across a ton of really sketchy apps for downloading videos from the web, and we'd say you should exercise caution when downloading any app from the web. Excitedly downloading an app to perform a task can bring with it tons of malware.

Save any video from Instagram to Mac

A better – and safer – option is the Pulltube app. It's secure, trusted, well-reviewed, and really easy to use. It can download any video on the web, which makes it really handy as an Instagram video downloader, too!

Here's how to use Pulltube to download Instagram videos and live stories:

  1. Open Pulltube 
  2. Copy the link to your Instagram video and paste it in Pulltube, or just drag and drop the URL onto the app 
  3. Trim the video or change the quality if you like 
  4. Click Download video. 

That's all you have to do! Your Instagram video will download to your Mac. You can view it any time you like, and save it wherever is best for you.

Download video

Download videos from Instagram and transfer to iOS device

Now that you've downloaded your Instagram videos to your Mac, they're viewable any time you like. And that's great – but what if you also want to watch them on an iPhone or iPad?

Perhaps you're traveling, and want to watch family videos on your trip when you know a signal will be unreliable. Maybe you're downloading them to make a montage video, and want to use an iPhone or iPad app to edit all the short videos together. Also, check out instagram video dimensions.

Whatever the case, downloading doesn't bring your video to other devices. For that, we suggest AnyTrans for iOS. It's an iOS manager for iPhone and iPad, but also handles file transfers with ease. You can easily take a download files on your Mac and transfer it to an iPhone with AnyTrans.

Download video from Instagram and save to iPhone or iPad

You could save your downloaded videos to iCloud, but there's no guarantee they will sync in time. If you're in a hurry, iCloud can be unreliable. Similarly, if your iCloud storage is full, it won't sync your new downloads at all!

How to download Instagram videos and save them to Android

Much like iOS devices, there's just no way to download an Instagram video directly to an Android handset. Instagram simply doesn't allow it.

And we have the same cautionary take about Android as we do Mac apps or online tools on the web. Downloading an unreliable app can bring malware or other features you don't want. Why risk it?

Any to get those videos onto an Android device, we again prefer AnyDroid, which is also available for Android! The files can be easily transferred to your Android handset via the AnyTrans app, and viewed any time you like. Because they're downloads, you don't have to worry about WiFi or a cellular signal at all.

Nothing about the download process changes when you use Android. Follow the above instructions.

Media downloader for Android

Is it alright to download Instagram videos?

Keep in mind Instagram wants to keep you tethered to the native app. Its business involves serving you ads, which is only possible when you're using the app. This is a main reason it doesn't allow downloads.

But there are so many good reasons to allow downloads from Instagram! Imagine trying to surprise someone with a video montage for their birthday; asking them to send you videos would be a dead giveaway of what you're doing. Downloading their publicly available videos is a much better way to surprise them.

It also makes editing the videos really easy. You can trim, splice, and append videos to one another however you see fit.

That all begins with downloading and transferring videos, which is why we love the workflow of Pulltube, AnyTrans for iOS, and AnyDroid for Android. Downloads are a snap, and transferring those files to other devices is totally seamless.

And both apps are available for free as part of a seven-day trial of Setapp, the best suite of productivity apps for Mac. Along with Pulltube and AnyTrans, you'll have immediate access to dozens of other excellent apps during your free trial. Once your free week ends, Setapp is only $9.99 per month!

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