How to Download and Save Someone Else’s Instagram Video

Instagram continues to be the leading online photo and video sharing platform. Since its launch in 2010, it has expanded massively to include loads of exciting features and updates. Now, the app does not only allow you to share photos and videos in your Instagram posts, but it also allows you to upload images and clips that disappear automatically after 24 hours through Instagram Story.

How to Download and Save Someone Else’s Instagram Video

Instagram is full of excellent media that others share; people might want to save them to their own devices. Some may wish to archive essential pictures or videos from their feed and even from other people’s feeds.

After much heel-dragging, Instagram caved to the overwhelming public pressure and started allowing users to save their own stories. However, they have stood firm on denying saving content belonging to other people: they don’t and won’t support it. Users can save their videos from their Instagram stories but aren’t supposed to meddle with others’ images.

However, users still insist on saving other users’ media, so they have found ways to do it. There are many different approaches to downloading and saving someone else’s Instagram live video stream.

How to Save and Download Other User’s Instagram Videos

Our most uncomplicated way to save and download videos on Instagram is to use an online tool, but this can be very tricky as most free tools have some ads. That’s why the TinyWow team decided to add a new feature for downloading videos from social media platforms. Here’s a simple step on how to download Instagram videos using TinyWow on your PC.

  1. Log in to your Instagram account; click the three horizontal dots on the top right of the video and hit the “Copy Link.”
  2. Now, go to the TinyWow website and click on the “Video tab.”
  3. Scroll down and look for the “Instagram Downloader” button.
  4. Then paste the link in the URL box, and click Find.
  5. Once done processing, click on the “Download” blue button.
  6. And choose where you would like to save.

There are countless screen recording apps, both for desktop and mobile users. The iOS 11 Control Center comes with a built-in recording feature, so you don’t need to install anything extra. You can also use the macOS Control Center and customize it to record.

iPhone users can get TechSmith Capture for free. It’s pretty easy to use, and clicking on that link will lead you to the instructions to use it.

Over on the Android side, one of the most powerful free apps is Screen Recorder, a screen capturer and video editor with a wealth of features. Screen Recorder is ad-supported, so it is entirely free, and it doesn’t require root access to work.

Windows users might want Open Broadcast Software (a.k.a OBS), a free, open-source video recording and editing suite that captures great screen videos easily. OBS is also available on Linux and Mac, and it will run on any Windows version, Windows 7 and up. OBS Studio is still actively supported.

Use Instagram Apps and Websites to Download Other User’s Media

Whenever a significant site like Instagram refuses to create functionality that people want, third-party app makers leap into the gap to deliver the goods. Instagram’s embargo on downloading other people’s instant videos is no exception. There are a host of Instagram-enabled apps that will grab that video for you. Here are a few video grabbers for Instagram.

Blastup by Gramblast

Blastup by Gramblast is a website where you provide the media’s URL, and the site does the rest. Blastup gives you a free trial that will let you see if you like the service.


Available for iOS or Android, IFTTT (If This Then That) is a powerful scripting solution that can do just about anything. IFTTT runs a lovely little applet that automatically downloads any Instagram video that you like, or you can add to your feed or Dropbox account without lifting a finger. Getting IFTTT configured is a little trickier than just visiting a website, but it isn’t difficult.  You’ll also want to ensure you set up a Dropbox account beforehand, which is decidedly not tricky, and it helps grab a lot of media from the internet. Memes, anyone?

To download Instagram videos using IFTTT, do the following:

  1. Connect Instagram and Dropbox to your IFTTT account.
  2. Choose a Recipe.
  3. Click Activate Recipe to download Instagram videos straight into your Dropbox.

Do you have suggested apps or websites for downloading Instagram live videos? Have any experiences with grabbing videos using these tools or others? Please, feel free to share them with us in the comments section below!

10 thoughts on “How to Download and Save Someone Else’s Instagram Video”

jessie says:
amazing tips! your tutorial on smartphones is effective on my end. I used to record someone else IG live with iMyVid Free Online Screen Recorder on PC but it is not yet available on smartphones. Good thing that you introduced methods applicable for cellphones, Thanks for sharing them!
darkd says:
Avalon says:
The Chrome IG Story extension doesn’t exist on the Chrome Store. Is there another way to download live videos through Macbook with Chrome?
Carol king says:
Where do you get the url to a live video?
justine says:
is there anyway still to access the extension? somehow i can’t find it anywhere on the extensions page
Suli says:
I tried the Chrome IG Story Extention and it worked but it said we need to download separatedly the video and the sound and merge them ourselves. The thing is how to merge them?
ira says:
Hello, may it’s late and you already find a way.
If not, you could mux the video and audio file, try using MP4Box GUI
Rizna Zawahir says:
I also found a good trick buddy, Thank you for the tricks
Osman Afifi says:
Great App, it’s working .

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