If you've found an Instagram video that you love, chances are you don't want it to just disappear into the endless flood of posts on your feed. After all, you might want to see it again. But, if you've ever tried to download Instagram videos on PC or Mac, you'll know it's not all that easy. You can't do it straight from the app or website, so how can you make it work?
Here, we'll highlight a few tried and tested methods of how to download Instagram videos, so that you can save all your favorites for ever more.
Did you know that there's a way to inspect the source code of the Instagram video page? 'What the heck is source code?', we hear you cry. Well, it doesn't' really matter what it is, and you don't need to understand it at all, because all you're looking for here is a little link that will let you download the video directly to your computer. Here's how you do it:
Open the video you'd like to download on Instagram
Right click (or on a Mac, ⌘+click) and choose 'inspect element' or 'view page source', depending on the specific browser that you're using.
Press Ctrl+F (or ⌘+F on a Mac) to open the 'find' menu
Type in .mp4 into the box, and the search will return a section of code
Look for a hyperlinked bit of code that is next to 'src=' and ends with .mp4
Select this, and copy it using Ctrl+C (or ⌘+C) and then paste into your browser using Ctrl+P (or ⌘+P)
The video will play in the window. Simply right click (or ⌘+click) and select 'save video as' to download the video to your PC's hard drive
This might sound all a bit cumbersome, but once you've had a couple of goes you'll find it's not as hard as it looks. If you're not used to keyboard shortcuts you might have a bit of a learning curve to traverse, but overall, it's a tried and tested method to download Instagram videos on PC and Mac that is popular with many users.
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Method 2: Online solutions
If you'd prefer a more elegant way to download Instagram videos on PC or Mac, there are numerous online solutions that can work for you. We've picked DreDown to share with you; it's totally free, founded on excellent anti-capitalist principles and functions with all major social platforms as well as Instagram. Here's how it works:
In another tab, open Instagram and navigate to the video (or photo) you'd like to download
Highlight the URL in your browser bar that shows when you're viewing the video, and copy it using either right click / ⌘+click and 'copy', or the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C / ⌘+C
Go back to the DreDown webpage and paste the URL into the search bar, using either right click / ⌘+click and 'paste' or the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P / ⌘+P
Hit the DreDown button and your video will instantly download to your machine
We've tried DreDown with Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo and Vine, and it works smoothly and quickly without any issues on all of them. On the website it states it also works with Facebook, Keek, Twitter, Twitch, Vevo and many more too, so if you're wondering how to download Instagram videos or any other type of video, this is the website to trust.
Method 3: Add-ons
The one last method we wanted to share with you is to use a browser extension to facilitate your download. There are a few different downloaders out there, so feel free to explore your own solutions, but for the purposes of this tutorial, we've picked Instag Downloader as an easy option. Here's how you use it:
Go to the Chrome web store and search Instag Downloader, or click here to go to the page directly. Mac users will need to install Chrome if you usually browse using Safari
Click 'add to Chrome' in the top right of the screen to install this add on for your browser. You may need to restart Chrome for it to start working
Go to Instagram and find any video or photograph you'd like to download to your PC. You'll notice some new icons in the top right of the image, which are 'view, share link and download', added by Instag Downloader
Hit the download icon to instantly save that image or video from Instagram to your PC or Mac
It really is that easy.
Once you've downloaded your selected video to your computer, you can choose to transfer them to your iPhone or iPad either using iTunes or without. Find out how here. (internal link to our article “How to download Instagram video/photo on iPhone”)
The last word
Now you know how to download Instagram videos, do make sure you are doing so responsibly. Instagram take copyright and privacy very seriously, so if you did not create the content, you must not share or redistribute it without the permission of the owner. If you do share it, make sure you clearly attribute the content creator in your work.
You can now download Instagram videos on PC and Mac and can transfer them to any of your mobile devices too. Let us know which method worked best for you, or if you know of another way we've not yet mentioned.
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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