How to Download Instagram Videos and Photos on Phone and Computer

Follow this guide to know how one can download Instagram videos, photos, profile pictures and stories on a mobile or a computer.

Instagram is a popular photo and video sharing social networking service. People follow celebrities, family and friends on Instagram. Its beautiful design and popularity are the key factors that motivates celebrities and common man to share photos and videos in the form of posts and status updates. This helps people gain attention among online audience.

When we watch a trending video on Instagram, we would love to download it on our mobile or computer and watch it over and over again. But Instagram does not provide any download options in the app or on the website. We must make use of various methods or apps to download Instagram videos and watch them offline.

Download Instagram Videos and Photos on Phone and Computer

We categorized downloading methods based on the device used to access Instagram. Follow the method that describes your device.

Download Instagram Videos and Photos on Android mobile

Today, most of the people have an Android mobile. According to an estimate, there are over 2-billion monthly active Android mobile users. Thus, Android mobiles shares about 87.7% of global mobile operating system market. If you are one of the users who owns an Android mobile, then you must check out the following simple and easy methods using which one can download media from Instagram on their Android mobiles.

Rooted Android mobile

If your Android mobile has root access then you can make use of a simple app developed by an XDA-Forum’s developer and senior member iHelp101. He made an Xposed Module named XInsta based on MohammadAG’s Instagram Downloader (no longer supported) that allows Android users to download Instagram photos, videos and stories with a single click directly from the official Instagram app.

The module was available on Xposed Repo since April 2015, the author of the module is still updating it to make it compatible with the latest versions of Instagram app. The module has been updated on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Instagram App Compatibility: Instagram 6.15 – Latest (Includes Alpha Versions)

Requirements:

1) Android mobile with root access. Root access is necessary for the Xposed Installer and Xposed Module i.e, XInsta to work.
2) Xposed Installer required for the Xposed framework, which is a requirement for all modules.

XInsta Features:

1) Change default save locations
2) Copy comments (Instagram has removed this functionality)
3) Download directly shared media
4) Download media from feeds
5) Follow indicator – Indicates when someone is following you
6) Following data to list – See all the users you are following
7) Download profile pictures
8) Download stories
9) Remove stories timer
10) Update unique hooks

Download Instagram Videos and Photos on Rooted Android mobile

Instructions:

  • Download and install XInsta module from Xposed Repo.
  • Open Xposed Installer and enable XInsta module. To do this, go to ‘Module > XInsta’ and click on the checkbox present beside XInsta icon.
  • You need to restart your mobile for the changes to take effect. Reboot your Android mobile.
  • After rebooting, open XInsta module and click on ‘Update Hooks’ option. Select a source option of your choice to fetch the latest hooks needed for downloading images and videos from Instagram.
  • Open Instagram app and find desired image or video.
  • Click on the ‘Three Dots Icon’ present on the top right corner of the media and then click on the ‘Download’ option to start downloading Instagram photos, videos and stories on your Android mobile.

Marshmallow Users: Enable storage access to Instagram. To do this, go to ‘Setting > Apps > Instagram > Permissions’ and enable ‘Storage Access’.

Non-rooted Android mobile

There are apps that helps us to download Instagram videos and photos even if we don’t have a rooted Android mobile. Apps that helps downloading Instagram media on a non-rooted Android mobile requires additional steps.

When using these apps, media cannot be downloaded directly from the Instagram app. Instead, you need to copy the URL of the media from the Instagram app and use it on these apps to download Instagram videos and photos on your non-rooted Android mobile.

The following app is among top five search results for the term ‘Instagram’ on Play Store and has been thoroughly tested by me on my Android mobile.

Instructions:

  • Install Video Downloader for Instagram app from Play Store on your Android mobile.
  • Open Instagram app and scroll down to the desired video or image.
  • Click on the ‘Three Dots Icon’ present on the top right corner of the media story and then click on the ‘Copy Link’ option. This will copy the URL of the video or image to the clipboard.
  • Click on the floating icon similar to the Instagram icon present on the right side of your mobile screen. This action opens ‘Video Downloader for Instagram’ app and downloads the media automatically from the copied URL.
  • Alternatively, manually open ‘Video Downloader for Instagram’ app. This should automatically start the download process. If the download does not begin, click on the ‘Check URL’ button and paste the copied URL into the input field. Then click on the ‘Paste’ button. This should start downloading Instagram media.
  • You can copy tags from the media, download or repost videos and photos using this app.

Download Instagram Videos and Photos on Android mobile

Download Instagram Videos and Photos on iPhone

Most of the free apps that allows downloading media from Instagram contains in-app purchases, or works on virtual coins-based system. That means either you have to pay, or use virtual coins (earn them by watching advertisements on the app) to download Instagram videos and images on your iPhone.

I researched a lot and finally found two free apps on Apple Store that does not require any in-app purchases or virtual coins to download Instagram media. They displays in-app advertisements to make money.

Instructions:

  • Install Regrammer or InSaver for Instagram app from Apple Store on your iPhone.
  • Open Instagram app and scroll down to the desired video or image.
  • Click on the ‘Three Dots Icon’ present on the top right corner of the media story and then click on the ‘Copy Link’ option. This will copy the URL of the video or image to the clipboard.
  • Regrammer
    • Paste the copied URL into the input field and click on the ‘Preview’ button.
    • Then tap on the ‘Repost’ button and then followed by ‘More’ option.
    • Now select ‘Save’ option to save the photo or video to the Camera Roll.
  • InSaver for Instagram
    • The copied link is automatically added to the input field when you launch the app.
    • You just need to click on the ‘Add to Favorites’ button.
    • Then click on the ‘Download’ button present on the bottom right corner of the app.
    • If you are asked for access permission, just click on ‘OK’. The Instagram media will be saved to your library.

Download Instagram Videos and Photos on iPhone

For jailbroken iPhones, one can make use of ‘Cydia’ for downloading apps like InstaBetter, InstaEnhancer, Instagram++ etc and use them for downloading Instagram media. These apps are rich in features.

Download Instagram Videos and Photos on Personal Computer

You are granted a restricted access to your Instagram when you login from a personal computer. That means, you won’t be able to download media from Instagram directly even when you use a personal computer.

Various methods can be used to download Instagram videos and photos on a computer. Follow the method you feel is the simplest and easiest.

Browser Addon

This method is probably the simplest and easiest method under this category. The only thing required in this method is the installation of a browser addon. It doesn’t matter whether you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, we have got you covered. There are various addons for both Chrome and Firefox.

I tested the following addons on their respective browsers (latest versions) and found out that they are working well without any problems.

Instructions:

  • Google Chrome
    • Add Downloader for Instagram addon to Google Chrome on your PC.
    • Login to Instagram using Chrome on your PC.
    • Scroll down to the desired media (video/photo) and drag your mouse pointer to the top left corner of the media.
    • You will be presented with a ‘Download’ button. Click on it.
    • Change media details if necessary and click on ‘Save’ button to save the media on your computer.
    • With this addon, you can even download all the media present on the current page with a single click. To do this, open a profile and click on the download icon present beside the profile icon.
    • You can do much more with this addon. Click on the link attached above to know more.
  • Mozilla Firefox
    • Add IG Helper addon to Mozilla Firefox on your PC.
    • Login to Instagram using Firefox on your PC.
    • Scroll down to the desired media (video/photo) and click on the download icon present on the top right corner of the media.
    • You can also click on the story and then click on the download icon.

Third Party Website

You can also download Instagram media using any working third party website. Follow the instructions below.

  • Open Instagram app or login to Instagram on your PC.
  • Scroll down to the desired media (video/photo).
  • Click on the ‘Three Dots Icon’ present on the top right corner or bottom right corner of the media story and then click on the ‘Copy Link’ option. This will copy the URL of the video or image to the clipboard.
  • Click on this link to open DreDown website on your browser.
  • Paste the copied media URL into the input field and hit ‘DreDown’ button.
  • You will be redirected to the download links page. Click on the desired quality button to start downloading Instagram media.

Webpage Source Code

This method works by analyzing the source code of the webpage for the video or image link. Follow the instructions below.

  • Login to Instagram using your favorite browser.
  • Scroll down to the desired media (video/photo) and click on its story.
  • Right click on any empty part of the webpage and select ‘View page source’ or ‘View source code’ option.
  • Press CTRL+F on the keyboard to enable find feature of the browser.
  • For photos, search for ‘.jpg’ or ‘.png’ files depending on the image file format.
  • For videos, search for ‘.mp4’ files.
  • When you find the desired video or photo link, right click on it and then select ‘Save link as..’ option.
  • Change media details if necessary and click on ‘Save’ button to save the media on your computer.

That’s it for today! I briefed various methods in simplest possible ways. There are other apps and third party websites apart from the mentioned ones that does the task but with a catch. Hope this small guide helped you in saving some time and trouble to download Instagram videos, photos and stories on your mobile or computer.

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