Do whatever makes you the happiest
There are some great Instagram quotes out there. This is one of my favorites. For those who aren’t familiar with it, it is a free social media platform for sharing photos.
As such, you are able to share your thoughts along with a picture or a video. Instagram limits the length of videos that you can share to 60 seconds, but you can still post them. Due to its ownership by Facebook and popularity, you might assume they operate similarly.
The sad part is Instagram does not allow videos and photos to be downloaded, at least not in normal use.
The videos and photos on Instagram can be reacted to and commented on, but they can’t be downloaded because the videos and photos are protected by the platform. Ever wondered how you can do it? I’m glad you’ve found us. We’ll now discuss some very easy ways to download Instagram videos and photos.
Facebook did not make it but purchased the company in 2012 for 1 billion dollars. Regardless of who owns this photo-sharing service, it is without a doubt one of the most popular photo-sharing websites on the planet.
But we ought to know a couple of things before we start!
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Why can’t you download videos and photos from Instagram?
The simple answer to this is “Copyright Rules”.
Unlike Youtube or Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are where celebrities thrive and gain their influence. While Twitter is meant to share small thoughts aka Tweets, Instagram is made to share photos and videos.
The thing is if you are someone who is a celebrity, then you will need to post a certain amount of photos to increase your influence.
Without the Copyright Rules, people can easily download your images and use them as their own. Furthermore, images of celebrities are clicked by highly professional personnel and they would not want their photos to be used freely.
Now, this not only applies to professional photographers and videographers but to amateurs as well.
Since this platform is meant for photos and short videos, it is natural that this platform will protect its content from being stolen.
How do you Download Videos and Photos from Instagram?
While we understand that we cannot download videos and images from Instagram, it doesn’t prevent us from wanting to do it. This is not helped by the fact that some of the best images appear on Instagram – whether be it gorgeous celebrities or breathtaking scenarios.
But that being said, How do you download videos and images from Instagram?
Well there are two methods that you can use to download photos and videos from Instagram
- Download from stories
- Download from feeds
Now one thing that you have to keep in mind while downloading videos or photos from Instagram is that you will be using third-party websites and add-ons to do these tasks. So although you are allowed to download using these third-party sides, it is not authorized by Instagram. With this being said, let’s move on to see how to do the actual downloading.
Download Videos and Photos from Instagram Stories
Instagram stories are Photos or Videos that are shot in “Portrait Mode” or Vertically that disappears 24 Hours after posting. These posts usually are not the major kinds of posts on Instagram but rather updates, instant news, or short daily uploads that don’t serve much for the Instagram account.
Along with this, the videos that are posted on Instagram Stories have a maximum length of only 15 seconds. So now you get why we said that these are not the major posts of the Instagram account?
Anyways to download videos and stories from Instagram Stories you can
- Use third party websites
- Use add-ons
Use of Third party websites
This is probably the reliable option to download stories. To use the third-party sites all you need to do is:
- Copy the link of the Story
- Open up a story saver website
- Paste the link of the story on the website
- Paste the Instagram Handle
- Click on Download.
There are quite a few websites that let you download videos and images from Instagram Stories. Some of them are:
Now while pasting the link of the story is more of a straightforward method, it only lets you save that single story. On the other hand, if you use a site that asks for the Instagram handle, then you will get the option to not only download the photos and videos on their current story also their “highlights” which can be called “Story Archives”.
These are the stories that the users have archived and can still be seen after they cross the 24-hour mark.
This method is a bit quicker and depending on situations even more useful than the one using links/handles. In this method, all you have to do is install an add-on to your browser and you will be able to download the video or photo on the Instagram story quickly.
These addons are usually on the browser Hotbar. To download videos and photos from Instagram stories using addons you have to:
- Install the addon to your browser
- Click on the download button provided by the addon
Now the location of the download button will depend on the addon so it can take some time to get used to this but if you are someone who is in love with the stories from any influencer, then it won’t take you that long. Although there are many addons, the ones we recommended are:
Now one drawback of this is that not all addons are supported on every browser so if you are not using the standard chrome or firefox, you might need to spend some time to find the right add-on for your browser.
Download Videos and Photos from Instagram Posts
This is the simpler one of the two. An Instagram post is any photo or video that the user shares on their profile. Now to download videos and photos from Instagram posts, you can follow the same two methods as mentioned i.e using Addons and websites. But that being said, the number of addons available for downloading posts is rather limited.
The drawback of downloading videos and images from Instagram posts using addons is further amplified with the lack of options. In this case, downloading these using a third-party site is a more reliable option. To download using the websites, all you have to do is:
- paste it on this site
- Click on download
- Click on download video
Although the exact steps will vary depending on the website, these steps do apply to most a lot of them. Some of the good ones are:
Now while the size of the video will depend on the upload size, most of the videos will range between 2 and 4 Megabytes.
Before We Go,
One final thing that you have to note is that you won’t be able to download every video and photo from Instagram. If the user has kept the setting of the post private, you won’t be able t download video or photos using any means.
Instagram is filled with celebrities who share their thoughts and posts. The only issue is that we can’t save them – at least not directly. But that being said, you can use third parties to download the videos and photos from Instagram.
Hope this was helpful for you. If you have any suggestions for us, do let us know then down in the comments below. And as always, thank you for reading till the end.