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.
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.
Use Screen Capture Apps to Download Other User’s Instagram Videos
One of the simplest methods of saving a live streaming video is to capture it as it plays on your device screen. Older PCs could not deliver the video processing bandwidth needed to do screen captures on their display in real-time, but that balance has radically shifted in recent years. Even a typical consumer-level PC should be able to screen-capture almost any video that it can play.
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:
- Connect Instagram and Dropbox to your IFTTT account.
- Choose a Recipe.
- 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!