Instagram doesn’t have an option to save a video to your camera roll, but it does have several work-arounds for saving the file to share, reuse, or save for later. In this post, I’ll describe three options for how you can save an instagram video on your phone or computer. 

Option One: Download the Video

If the user has a public account, anyone can download the video. Open the video in Instagram and click the three dot action menu from the upper right corner. Then, click “Copy Link.”

In the Instagram iOS app, I see a confirmation message that my link was copied to clipboard.

Next, open Kapwing’s free Convert Video tool by going to kapwing.com/convert-video in your browser. Paste the URL of the Instagram video into the “Paste a URL” box. 

Your video will load in the editor. Choose the “MP4” option to save the Instagram video to your camera roll, then click the pink “CREATE” button at the bottom of the page. You also have the option to “Trim” the video, if you only want the save a certain section of it. 

When your video is done processing, you can share the URL with your friends or download the video to your computer or phone. If you’re on iOS, you’ll need to download the Kapwing iOS app to save the video to camera roll.

Option Two: Save Video in Instagram

Video viewers can bookmark videos to watch later in the Instagram app. To save a video, click the Boomark icon in the bottom right corner of the post on Instagram.

Later, you can find the video in your “Saved” folder. Access the saved folder from your Profile page in the Instagram app. Click the three lines menu button in the upper right and find “Saved” in the menu. 

Option Three: Screen Record the Video

Screen recording is always an available option, even if the Instagram Video is private. On an iPhone, there’s a screen recording function built into the latest versions of iOS.

Just open the Instagram Video and start the screen-recording. Let the video play a couple of times through without scrolling or moving the screen so that you capture the full video from start to finish. Then, stop the screen recording, open the captured video in your camera roll, and trim down the complete video. You can use Kapwing or another app to crop out the area above and below the video.

Make sure that you un-mute the audio if you want to capture the video’s soundtrack. 

Conclusion

These are the three approaches for saving Instagram Videos on your phone. Although it isn’t possible to download videos directly, you can use this hacks for saving IG videos quickly. Creators can use a similar approach to download music and videos from YouTube. If you plan to “regram” or reuse the original content, make sure to ask the original creator for permission and add a watermark giving them credit.