How to Download Instagram Reels?

Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app, announced the Reels feature in 2021 and it has become a huge hit among all age groups ever since. At their core, Reels are short 30-second videos that allow users to share their creativity, product reviews, funny moments, or anything else they can think of.

Reels have become so popular that Instagram introduced many new features for Reels, such as the ability to remix other users’ Reels and the ability to create new ones from live videos.

As Reels continue to grow, Instagram decided to allow users to download them. This means people can now save their favorite Reels to their devices and view them online or share them with others. The announcement was made on June 21, 2023 by Instagram Director Adam Mosseri.

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How to download Instagram reels?

The feature is currently available to Instagram users in the US and only works for Reels that are posted to public accounts. If an account is private, Reels posted to it cannot be downloaded.

Users with public accounts can disable the ability to download Reels in their settings. This means that even if a Reel is posted to a public account, the user who posted it can prevent others from downloading it.

It is also essential to know that this function only works for mobile phones. Therefore, users using Instagram on the web or desktop app will not be able to access it.

The announcement was made by Adam Mosseeri, director of Instagram. He made this announcement on his Instagram streaming channel “IG Updates.”

The ad says, “In the US, we are rolling out the ability to download reels shared by public accounts to your camera roll. Simply tap the Share icon on a reel you like and select Download.”

“It’s worth mentioning that Reels shared by private accounts can’t be downloaded, and public accounts can disable the ability for people to download their Reels in their account settings.” he added.

To download a Reel these are the steps you must follow:

  • Update the Instagram app to the latest version.
  • Open your favorite reel
  • Click the “Share” button.
  • A new “Download” option will be available in the bottom tab.
  • Click the “Download” button.
  • The reel will download to your camera roll.


Source: Instagram (Adam Mosseeri)

The downloaded reel will have the account name of the user who published it as a watermark. This is similar to how TikTok and YouTube handle downloaded videos. The watermark will include the account name and Instagram logo.

To conclude, the option to download Reels is a valuable new feature that will make it easier for users to save and share their favorite Reels. It is also important to know the rules for downloading Reels and respect the rights of their creators.

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