Most of us know that Instagram is for sharing photos and videos socially through an app for iOS and Android. However, if you want to use the full service on a PC, it takes a process to do a simple task like download Instagram video to your device.
We are not sure why the app makes it so hard to download videos from Instagram, but luckily there is a way you can take Instagram videos and save them to your device. As always on iOS and Android, there are Instagram video downloader apps that can solve your problems, and in this guide we will show you how to easily save Instagram videos to your Android device or iPhone.
Download Instagram Videos on Android
Like in most situations, the Google Play Store is your friend when trying to solve a problem on Android. While searching for a way to download Instagram videos to your smartphone, you will need to download an application imaginatively called “Video Downloader – for Instagram Repost App”.
For those users who are new to Android, you can do this by heading to the Google Play Store app, which is a small white briefcase icon with a play symbol inside. Once you open the store, search for “Video Downloader for Instagram” and select it from the search results. Select “Install” and wait for the Instagram video downloader to be installed on your device.
Download Instagram video to your Android
Once “Video Downloader for Instagram” is downloaded you need to head to Instagram and open Instagram video downloader. Find the video you want to download and tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the video. From the dropdown menu that appears, choose “Copy Link”.
As the last steps suggests, your device has now copied the URL for the video you wish to download. Next head to Instagram video downloader app and open the application. The app is very simple to use, with few options available. Tap “Paste Share URL” in the app windows and select “Paste”.
The URL for the copied video will now appear in the blank window. On the main screen of Instagram video downloader (no scrolling necessary), there is a download icon that is located in the bottom-right corner of the display. Select “Download Video” and the video will be downloaded directly to your Android device. To see the saved video, head to My Files/InstaSave/download.
Download Instagram Videos on iOS
The good news is that you do not need your device to be jailbroken (there is also no problem if it is). Like on Android, there is a service on the App Store that will do the heavy lifting for you, although it is a little more complicated on iOS than simply getting an Instagram video downloader on Android.
On your iPhone, install an application called “Browser and File Manager for Documents”. To do this, locate the App Store on iOS’ easy to understand locked down grid-based UI. The icon for the store is a blue square with a large white “A” inside it. Search for “Browser and File Manager for Documents” in the App Store and select “Install”.
Like on Android, the next step involves opening the Instagram app and finding the video you want to download. Select the three dots (this time running horizontally in an ellipses) in the top right corner of the video. Select the icon and then choose the “Copy Link” option from the dropdown menu.
Your iPhone has now stored the link, so you can head back to the “Browser and File Manager for Documents” app. The app (as the name suggests) is essentially a browser with a standard address bar however it can also be used as an Instagram video downloader. Enter the https://qdownloader.net/ link into the URL field and go to the website, which allows users to download videos from Instagram and other social media like Facebook, YouTube, etc..
On this website, paste the stored video URL link into the search box and select the download button. When the page reloads, scroll down to find a larger download button, hold on this button to begin the download.
Once finished, the video will be located in the Files tab on qdownloader. Under this tab, all files you have downloaded are located, with a three-dot icon next to each download. Use this icon to choose “Open In” and then “iOS” before selecting “Save Video”. Now the video will be sent to the camera roll of you iPhone by the Instagram video downloader for you to see whenever you want.
Download Instagram Video on a PC
You might be surprised to find out how easy it is to download videos from Instagram onto a computer. Just head to the Instagram Media Download website, copy and paste the link to the video to be saved into the tab offered on the website, and press the “Go!” button.
The Instagram video downloader will show you the video preview to check if you enter the link to the right video. Press the yellow “Download” button to download Instagram video to your PC.
All of these methods are much easier to do than they are to read, so even beginners should be able to download Instagram videos in seconds. You may also try to record streaming video on Instagram instead of downloading it.