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How to Download Instagram Reels

Want to repurpose your content on Instagram Reels and TikTok? Here’s how to download and save your Instagram Reels, IGTV videos and more.

Julia Cohen

Want to learn how to download Instagram Reels? It’s no secret that short form video content like Instagram Reels are completely reigning right now when it comes to successful social media content. This is for a number of reasons, including Instagram’s recent statement which highlighted their further shift away from just being a photo sharing app. Because video content naturally takes more resources and effort than still video content, you’ll probably want to repurpose the videos you create, share other users’ content, or post your Reels across all your platforms. In today’s article, we’ll walk you through how to download and re-use Reels, easily!

How to Download Instagram Reels

How to Download an Instagram Reel you’ve already posted 🤔

Created a Reel, and want to share it to another platform, like Instagram Stories or TikTok? You can directly download your Instagram Reel by heading into your Reels section on your profile.
  1. Select the Reel you want to download.
  2. Click the ‘…’ button in the bottom lefthand corner.
  3. Select ‘Save to Camera Roll’.
Easy as pie! 🍰
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How to Download an Instagram Reel without the watermark 😉

Want to post your Reel on TikTok and don’t want Instagram’s watermark on your content? You’ll need to use an app or Desktop converter that does this. We suggest using the Repost app, which saves all videos (it also saves IGTV, carousel posts and normal photos), without the watermark. You can then share direct to Instagram or download to your camera roll.

How to Download someone else’s Instagram Reel 👯‍♀️

Follow the exact same steps as you would to download an Instagram Reel without the watermark, by using the Repost app. However, if you plan on sharing this on to your own platform, you should always ask the original creator for permission.
If you want to just share the Reel on to your Instagram Stories, and keep the original link to the creator, you can also view the Reel, head to your Instagram Story, and click the ‘repost’ sticker to upload.

How to Download a TikTok Video without a Watermark 🕹

Some people prefer to edit and post their videos on TikTok, and it’s not as simple as using the Repost app to download a TikTok video without a watermark. If you’re planning on posting a video from TikTok onto Instagram, studies show that performance is better without TikTok’s watermark attached. And, you don’t want to have to recreate or content that already exists.
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So, the best thing to do is use a dedicated converter, like this one, which has proved to be the most reliable we’ve come across so far. Another quick trick you can use to make sure your video performs, is when you upload your video to Reels, overlay a track from Instagram’s music library on top, instead of keeping the music/audio copied over from TikTok. This will allow your video to hit the trending page easier, as it will take into account the track you have used, amongst other things.

How to Save Instagram Stories 📖

Most things can be done by using the Repost app, but Stories are slightly trickier as their links are not registered the same. To download a Story you have posted, you can just click the ‘…’ icon and select ‘Save to Camera Roll.’ However, when it comes to downloading someone else’s Instagram Story, it can be a little more difficult.
The best methods we have come across depend on whether you are downloading a static Instagram Story, or a video-based Instagram Story:
For static Instagram Stories – when you are watching the Story, tap and hold down on it. This should make the surrounding Instagram features disappear, so you can screenshot the image and save it to your camera roll.
For video-based Instagram Stories – turn on the screen recording feature on your phone, and click into the video Story you want to view. This will record the video, which you can later resize and edit, to remove any Instagram features you don’t want.
Finally, you can also ask the posted to save down and send the Story across to you, when you ask for permission to repost it 😉 If you want more tips and tricks on creating engaging and strategic Instagram Stories, check out our new guide, here!
Now, you’re armed with everything you need to know to be able to download Instagram Reels and repurpose your content to your heart’s content. If you want to continue your path to organic growth and step up your Instagram strategy, click the banner below to view our latest blog post!

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