How to Download Instagram Videos and IGTV on Your iPhone

Do you know how to download Instagram videos on your iPhone?

Video has always been a significant component of the Instagram experience. However, now that we the exciting new IGTV channel to enjoy, it seems like the only way is up for video content.

While you might love spending hours scrolling through your IG feed, checking out all the latest content, what happens when you see a video you want to hold onto?

Photos are easy to preserve on your iPhone -all you need to do is screengrab the picture – but videos and “Instagram Stories” are another matter entirely.

If you’ve already done some research into how to download Instagram videos, you’ve probably noticed that there are many options available for Android phones and desktops. Unfortunately, if you’re an #Apple fan, you may need to work a little harder.

The good news? We’ve got some simple ways to help you gather all the videos you can’t bear to lose – even the ones you find on IGTV…

How to Download Your Own Instagram Videos

Before we start looking at how you can download other people’s IG content, let’s start simple.

If you record your own videos directly from the Instagram app, you’ll need to make sure that you’re saving that content on your camera roll too. That way, you’ll have a back up of everything you capture, regardless of whether you’re sharing videos as posts, or Instagram Stories.

To download your Instagram video posts, go to your Instagram settings – the three dots on the upper right-hand side of your profile. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page, and you’ll find some toggle options that look like this:

Screenshot of video saving options

Make sure the “Save Videos After Posting” option is switched on, and everything you share as a post will also save automatically to your camera roll.

If you want to save your own Instagram Stories that you record directly in the IG app, tap the Save icon in the bottom left corner when you’ve recorded your video. This will save the Story to your camera roll.

You can also wait until after you’ve posted your story, then click on the three-dot Settings section, and click on “Save Photo/Video.” That way, you can decide if you want to save the entire story or just a few snapshots.

How to Download Instagram Videos with iOS Apps

Now we come to the fun part, downloading the videos other people make.

Disclaimer: Keep in mind that it’s illegal to download your IG videos with the intent to claim the content as your own. Don’t violate any copyright laws with your content.

As mentioned above, it’s much easier to download Instagram videos on your computer, but if you want to save something directly to your camera roll, you’re not entirely out of luck. Your best option is to use an app to grab that can grab videos for you. Here are some of the top choices:

To use these apps, open Instagram and copy the URL of the video you want to save. To do that, just click on the three dots on the bottom right-hand corner of the post and choose “Copy Link.”

Screenshot of the copy link option

Once you have your URL, go back to the download app, and paste the URL into the search bar. The tool will download your content, and you can either click “Repost” or “Save.”


If your iPhone is already Jailbroken, then you’ll have some other hacks you can use to download videos too. However, we don’t recommend doing anything that would void the warranty of your phone.

If you do decide (despite our advice) to use a slightly riskier strategy for figuring out how to download Instagram videos, make sure you do your research. Check out the forums for iOS apps before you download anything, and make sure that you back up your phone just in case.

How to Download Instagram Videos with a Computer Workaround

If you don’t like the idea of using apps to download Instagram videos to your iPhone, then you can always try a workaround.

Obviously, downloading something on your computer and transferring it to your iPhone is going to take more time than copy/pasting an URL into an app. However, it’s a good way to make sure that you have an extra back up of any essential video content you want to keep.

The first thing you need to know is that iPhones only support certain types of video files, like mp4. Fortunately, there’s a straightforward way you can download mp4 Instagram videos using the content’s source code.

Downloading the IG Video on your PC/MAC

To download a .mp4 version of the video you want on your Mac or PC, right click on the content and tap the Inspect option:

Screenshot of Video Inspect option

When the source code appears on the right of the page, hold Ctrl+F to search through the material for “mp4”. This will bring up a link like this:

Screen shot of video source code

Click on the link or copy it into a separate tab to go through to the source file. Right click on the video you find there and select Save, then choose somewhere memorable to store your data.

Moving a Video from PC to iPhone

Now, it’s best to avoid using iTunes to transfer your video onto your iPhone. Instead, you’re better off using third-party software like FonePaw.

Launch the FonePaw software on your computer and connect your iPhone to the PC through your USB charging cable. Once your software detects the presence of your phone, it will show you all of your data in easy-to-understand categories:

Screenshot of FonePaw tool

Go to the Movies tab and click on the option that says Add File/Folder.

From here, you’ll be able to browse and select the movies on your computer that you want to save onto your iPhone. Just click on the file you want and hit Open to start moving your Instagram videos across.

How to Download Instagram Videos on IGTV

If all these tips and tricks about how to download Instagram videos haven’t got your head spinning yet, we’ve got one more piece of advice to give you.

IGTV gives Instagrammers like you a brand-new way to consume and enjoy content. However, with videos up to an hour-long to watch, you may not have time to enjoy all the videos you’re interested in during your lunch break at work.

Fortunately, by learning how to download Instagram videos on IGTV, you can make the content you like accessible when you’re offline. To do this:

  • Go into your iOS browser on your smartphone
  • Copy the link of the IGTV video from Instagram or IGTV (Scroll up if you can’t remember how to do that)
  • Visit the IGTV Videos downloader web-based tool. It might be worth bookmarking this site for future reference.
  • Paste the URL of your video into the search bar and click Download Video

IGTV Videos downloader tool

To save your IGTV video, click on the 3 dots at the bottom of the page and select Download.

Make sure that you have plenty of space on your iPhone for the size of the file you’re about to download. You don’t want to go through all this hassle just to find out that a video’s too big!

Enjoy Easy Access to Your Favorite Videos

There you have it!

Now you know everything you need to know about how to download Instagram videos on your iPhone. If we’ve missed anything, make sure you let us know with a social media shout-out or comment! We’d love to hear from you.




By Rebekah Carter

Hi! I'm Rebekah, a full-time writer specializing in the spaces of digital content, business, social media and tech.

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