Downloading videos from Instagram is easy – if you want to save your friend’s videos onto your Android so you can watch them later then check out this article.
The photo sharing giant that is Instagram threw another hurdle into the dust when it started allowing users to share videos on the platform as well. This change made the app even more of a dominant social media platform in the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. But it also posed a question to many: how to save Instagram videos offline?
Getting a picture off of Instagram is easy. While the app doesn’t allow users to save other people’s shared photos, a simple screenshot is enough to get around that. However, you can’t screenshot a video (unless you do so to every single frame and then mash them together into one structure, which is insane). But downloading videos from Instagram is actually very easy and can be done by installing some third-party software onto your Android.
In this article we’ll go over the best ways to save videos offline from Instagram, including a step by step process on the installation of the appropriate software to do so, and how to use it once it’s on your device.
How to Download Videos from Instagram
When trying to save Instagram videos offline, the first thing you’ll need to do is download some third party software. The best option for this is FastSave for Instagram apk. To download this software, simply go to Google Play Store and install it for free – the app contains ads, but this will not impair its usability in any minor or major way.
Once you’ve got FastSave for Instagram apk on your Android device, open the app and activate it, then press “Open Instagram” and the app will open. From here, you can browse through videos on Instagram, hit the three dots symbol in the top right of the video and press “Copy Link.” This will automatically save the video to FastSave. Now go back to the FastSave app and your videos will all be in the app. From here you can save them onto your Android device’s files.
It’s worth noting that with this app you can save multiple videos on a roll by clicking “Copy Link” – you don’t have to paste the link into FastSave for Instagram, you simply copy it and it will save in the third party app. This makes the whole process simple and clean and will allow you to scroll through you Instagram feed saving videos at will without distraction.
Best Features of FastSave for Instagram:
FAST: You don’t have to keep going back and forth, just activate the app and copy as many video links as you want in one session, they will all be exported to the app automatically.
FREE: Don’t worry about paying any money along the way – the app is funded by advertisements (which aren’t invasive).
SIMPLE: The app is easy to use and keeps things as simple as the need to be.
ON GOOGLE PLAY: The app is from a known source, so you can guarantee that it’s secure. You don’t have to worry about downloading a potentially malicious software onto your device which could hide malware of some kind.
GETS THE JOB DONE!
While this is by far the easiest way to save videos from Instagram, there are also other methods, too. Some of the other methods allow you to do more than just save Instagram videos – they also allow you to download videos from YouTube and more. Let’s explore further…
Other Ways to Download Videos from Instagram
Yes, there are so many ways to get your friend’s videos onto your device. One cool method is to use the IFTTT app (If This Then That). This is a clever app that has many functions. To sum it up, IFTTT allows you to connect all the apps on your phone so that they can perform functions that link in with one another – an example of this is automatically saving your liked songs on YouTube to a playlist on Spotify; another example is saving videos you like on Instagram onto your Android device.
To set up this method, which is more automated than the previous mentioned one, you’ll need to download Instagram (obviously), IFTTT and you’ll need to set up a Dropbox account, as the app works in conjunction with this service.
Once you’ve done this, go into the IFTTT app and set up an “applet” (a function within an app) to automatically save Instagram videos you like onto your device. This will work passively in the background, meaning you won’t have to open the app every time you want to save a video. Convenient, ey?
Just search “Save Liked Instagram Videos to Dropbox” applet and turn it on. Now, all the videos you like will be saved in the cloud service and you can export them onto your phone, PC, tablet, or any other device. Simples.
One point is that sometimes the applet may malfunction, meaning you’ll have to reactivate it or wait for it to work again. This isn’t an issue with the IFTTT app itself, but more with the applet released by an independent developer.
This app allows you to set up many other cool applets that make your life more convenient, it’s certainly worth browsing through them and getting an idea of which ones you could use.
Best Features of IFTTT:
PASSIVE: The applet to automatically save Instagram videos to your Dropbox works passively in the background so you don’t need to open the IFTTT app to use it. This makes it more convenient.
FREE: The app is free and comes with no ads, meaning you get a totally fresh and uninterrupted experience using it.
ON GOOGLE PLAY: The app is a verified secure one that has been installed by tens of millions of users around the world, so you can trust that it’s secure.
OTHER APPLETS: The amount of other cool applets on IFTTT unlocks massive potential on your device.
So, here you have two very effective ways to download videos from Instagram onto your Android device for free. We recommend you try both – FastSave for Instagram is more purpose specific and will guaranteed work every time, while from time to time the applet on IFTTT will have to be reactivated or may have some bug (this is an issue with the applet, not the IFTTT app itself).