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How to Download Instagram Videos [7 Ways]


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When browsing through Instagram stories, you may come across amazing pictures and videos that you want to save to your computer or smartphone. While it is very easy to save a single photo, downloading video from Instagram is a bit complicated but not impossible. 

We’ve introduced Facebook video downloader in the previous post, and here we’d like to show you several practical ways to download Instagram videos to your PC, Android and iOS devices. Let’s get started with the detailed steps.

Part 1. Download Instagram Videos on Your PC or Mac

1.1 Download Instagram Videos with Desktop Software

The best way to download Instagram videos to your PC or Mac is using a third-party desktop software. Here we recommend ClipDown Video Downloader. This program is designed to make the whole process of download online videos quick and easy. 

It can be used to download videos from Instagram as well as other video sharing websites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Twitch, Vimeo, etc. With this professional Instagram Video Downloader, you can download Instagram videos in their original quality and resolution.


To download videos from Instagram to your computer, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Download and install the ClipDown Instagram Video Downloader on to your computer, then run it.

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Step 2: Now, go to Instagram on your web browser and locate the video you would like to download. Right-click on the date of the video and then choose Copy Link Address.

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Step 3: Back to the downloader tool, click on the + Paste URL icon at the top-left corner to paste the Instagram video’s URL and the program will quickly start parsing the link.

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Step 4: In the popup dialog window, select your preferred download resolution and saving location for the Instagram video, then click on the Download button.

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Step 5: The program will immediately begin downloading the video. You can easily locate the downloaded video by clicking on the folder icon.

1.2 Download Instagram Videos from Source Code

On your computer, you can also easily download private videos from Instagram page’s source code. Just inspect the source code of that video page and extract the download link. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Instagram video you would like to download on your browser.

  2. Right click on it and choose View page source. On some browsers, the option is listed as Inspect element.

  3. Now press the Ctrl + F on your keyboard to open the Find function, then enter .mp4.

  4. This will highlight the section of the code with .mp4 in it. Copy this link and paste it into a new tab on your browser.

  5. When the video begins to play, right-click on it and choose Save Video as… to download the video to your computer.

download videos from instagram source code

1.3 Download Instagram Videos Using Online Tool

There are plenty of free online tools that can be used to download Instagram videos to your PC or Mac. One of the best you can try is InstaDownloader. We’ll show you the exact steps to download videos from Instagram online:

  1. Open Instagram and find the video that you wish to download. Copy the video’s URL.

  2. Now go to InstaDownloader.co to access the online tool and paste the URL in the field provided.

  3. Click on Download and the video will be downloaded to your computer. To download private Instagram videos, click here.

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1.4 Download Instagram Videos with Browser Extension

If you don’t want to rely on online tools, there are also many Chrome and Firefox extensions available to help you download videos from Instagram to your computer. The steps are similar on either browser.

Once you have the extension installed on your browser, follow these simple steps to download the Instagram video to your computer:

  1. Open Instagram on your browser and navigate to the video you want to download.

  2. Hover your cursor over the video and you should see a Download button popup. Click on it and the video will be downloaded to your computer’s default downloads folder.

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Part 2. Download Instagram Videos on Android Device

The following are the two options you can try when you want to download Instagram videos to your Android device:

2.1 Download Instagram Videos from App Cache

On Android device, the Instagram videos are automatically downloaded when you watch them. All you need to do is find the location that saved the downloaded video. Please note that only the part you have watched will be downloaded. So if you want to download the whole video, you should watch the entire video.

On your Android device, open the File Manager and go to Android > data > com.instagram.android > cache > videos. You will find all the videos you have viewed here, all of which will have the. clean extension

You can simply tap on them and select Video to play them. If you want to convert the videos to audio format, just rename the extension from. clean to .mp4

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Keep in mind that all these videos are saved as part of the device’s cache and will be deleted if the phone’s cache is cleared. If you want to keep the video permanently, we recommend you moving it to another location on the device.

2.2 Download Instagram Videos Using Third-party App

If you don’t have time to watch the Instagram video, you can also use a third-party app to download it to your Android device. One such option is Video Downloader for Instagram. It is free and easily accessible on the Google Play Store. Install the app on to your device and then follow these simple steps to use it:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your device, find and play the video you would like to download.

  2. Tap on the menu (three dots) at the upper right of the post and the select Copy Link.

  3. Switch to the Video Downloader for Instagram app and tap on the Paste button to copy the video link into the app. Then the app will download the video automatically and save it in the phone’s gallery.

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Part 3. Download Instagram Videos on iPhone/iPad

There are not many options when it comes to downloading Instagram videos to iOS devices. Nowadays, it is almost impossible to find a workable Instagram video downloader in the Apple App Store. In this case, you can use file manager app like Documents with a web-based downloader to save Instagram videos onto iOS devices.

Also, you can download your favorite Instagram video to iPhone or iPad using the native iOS screen recording tool. Play the video and go to Control Center, press the Record button to begin recording. Once the record is complete, the video will be saved in your device’s Camera Roll.

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The Final Word

In this tutorial, we’ve introduced 7 ways to download Instagram videos on your computer, Android, iPhone and iPad. Please keep in mind that you can only download videos for personal use. It’s illegal to save Instagram videos for any business use or share them as your own.

Carol J. Lee
Oct 13,2021 16:30:15 Post By Carol J. Lee to ClipDown Blog Center

Carol is a technical blogger with rich experience in writing video tips and tutorials. She has over 7-year experience in video and multimedia.

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