In the past, downloading your favourite Reels on Instagram meant relying on third-party apps or websites. However, Instagram has now simplified the process, allowing users to easily save Reels with music directly to their Photos gallery. If you’re eager to learn how, follow this quick and simple guide.
Steps to Download Instagram Reels on iPhone
- Tap the Share Icon While viewing a Reel on Instagram, tap the Share icon.
- Select Download Option From the share menu, tap the Download option.
- Let the Process Run Allow the download process to run its course.
- Access in Photo Gallery Once downloaded, you can find the respective Reel in your Photo gallery.
Conditions for Downloading
You won’t see the Download button if:
- The Reel was uploaded before Instagram launched this feature.
- The author has disabled the option to download their Reels.
How to Upload Downloadable Reels on Instagram on iPhone
Surprisingly, not everyone has access to the feature to allow downloading. Only users with public accounts can enable this feature. Here’s how you can do it while uploading a Reel:
- Launch Instagram Open Instagram on your iPhone.
- Create a New Post Tap the (+) icon to create a new post and select the Reel option.
- Choose or Record a Reel Choose an existing video or record a new one.
- Edit the Reel Hit Next and edit the Reel as desired.
- Enable Download Option Once finished, tap Next, make final touch-ups, hit OK if prompted, and fill in the details. Then tap Advanced Settings.
- Toggle Download Option Scroll down and toggle on Allow people to download your reels.
- Post the Reel Go back and post your Reel. Now, you’ve posted a downloadable Reel!
Note: When this feature is enabled, anyone can download your public Reels, original audio, and remixes.
How to Save Instagram Reels Unofficially on iPhone
While the official download feature is handy, there are limitations. If you encounter a non-downloadable Reel, consider these workarounds.
1. Use Instagram Stories
- Open the Reel you want to save.
- Tap the Share button.
- Select Add Reel to Your Story.
- Use pinch-zoom to view the Reel in full-screen mode.
- Tap three horizontal buttons at the top right.
- Select Save.
2. Use Screen Recorder
- Go to the Control Center on your iPhone.
- Tap the screen record button.
- Open Instagram and play the Reel.
- Stop recording from Control Center.
- Tap the red button in the Status bar to save the Reel in Photos.
Note: Enable Do Not Disturb mode before recording to avoid notifications.
3. Use Third-Party Tools
Various downloader tools offer the option to save Instagram Reels on iPhone. IG Downloader is a seamless option:
- Go to IG Downloader.
- Paste the Instagram video link and tap enter.
- Hit the download button.
Note: IG Downloader works on Mac as well, saving Reels in a shareable video format in the Downloads folder.