Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How to Save an Instagram Video to Your Computer

[UPDATE 6/26/13 10:45am] IFTTT just announced support for Instagram video triggers. I recommend that option instead of my post below. You can learn more here.

Before I get started with the main focus of this post, here is a little backstory:

I love Instagram for sharing photos of my life with my close friends and family, but soon after I started using it, I realized that accessing those images from my computer was rather tricky.

I could export my photos with Instaport.me but I wanted to automate the process.

I later discovered IFTTT, one of my favorite online tools. Using it, I created a trigger (known as a 'recipe') that saves a copy to Dropbox of any photo that I (or my husband) post to Instagram. Then, I can easily access all of our photos for printing, sharing or creating an annual yearbook of our life together, which I'm pretty sure will become a tradition.

And now, back to the reason for my post...

Instagram released video sharing functionality recently. After waiting a bit for the Android version to roll out, I was finally able to test it out today.

As soon as I was able to test out the video functionality, I wondered how it would interact with my IFTTT recipe. It seems that IFTTT doesn't support Instagram videos yet. Neither my video nor the still I chose to represent the video have been passed to Dropbox.

But, I found a manual workaround. I'm using Chrome, but I'm sure something similar could be accomplished with any other modern browser although a few steps might be different.

How to Save a Local Copy of an Instagram Video using Chrome:


1. Log into Instagram on your computer.

2. Locate the video.



3. Right click and choose 'Inspect Element.'


4. Locate the .mp4 file in the code that appears. It should be hyperlinked. Click on it.


5. Right click on the video that opens in a new tab.



6. Choose 'Save Video As'.

7. Choose a location to save the video on your computer.


And that's it! 

Do you have any thoughts about the new video sharing functionality in Instagram? Feel free to share them by leaving a comment.


Jenna Weiner is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, Firefly, dresses, indoor plants and life-hacking. Have a suggestion for a post or a question? Feel free to get in touch.
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30 comments:

  1. Can't you just look in your camera roll and email the video to yourself and/or others?

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    1. Hi Michelle.

      I'm sure that's possible.

      I personally hate that extra step of emailing things to myself from my phone. If I'm on my computer and want to embed the video or images in a blog post, I want my media accessible from my computer. That's why using IFTTT works so great for me! I've connected Dropbox to Instagram with their new video trigger. That gives me an online backup of all my pics/vids too.

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    2. doesn't seem to work correctly on android

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    3. Anonymous: What doesn't seem to work? I'm not sure if you are referring to IFTTT or Dropbox or Instagram based on the thread you commented in.

      This post is about saving an instagram video *from your computer*... without having to send it to yourself via email or some other sort of method.

      If you can be more specific about what you are asking, I'm happy to help.

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  2. it's not working

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    1. Hi there Anonymous. I just tried the same method I outlined here and it worked just fine for me, although Step 4 was a bit complicated and I had to click around a bit to be able to highlight and copy the url.

      If you need help, please be more specific regarding what step isn't working for you.

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    2. if searching for the url is tricky for you, press F3 to highlight the word "mp4". the url should end with ".mp4", mind you

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  3. Thank you!!! It worked for me, but them again, I'm also using Chrome.

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  4. Thank you! It worked for me.

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  5. Thank you, worked for me using Firefox. Although, I had to copy and paste the entire code into word, then find the mp4 link and copy it from there as it wasn't a hyperlink.

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  6. Thank you so much for this! I used Firefox and it worked a treat. I did have to double-click on the link for it to highlight just the URL itself and not the stuff around it.
    You've saved the day - thank you!

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  7. Easy peasy, thanks!

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  8. This Was awsome!!!...thank you..and Im hanging around with you now...Gems throughout your blog!! keep it up!

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  9. Thank you so much! This trick really comes in handy sometimes.

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  10. On Google Chrome if you log into your account through statigr.am you can just play the video first then right-click it and select "save video as".

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  11. thanks so much for this!! it worked easily and like a charm!! :D

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  12. Does it work on firefox

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    1. It should. You're able to use 'View Source' when right clicking on a webpage in Firefox, I'm sure. Easiest way to find out is to give it a try yourself. :)

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  13. OMG YOU ARE SO BRILLIANT!! THANK YOU! IT HELPS! :)

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  14. Hi there. I got to the part where I can save the video, however, its just a black page and wont play :( What could I do

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    1. Sometimes, when you download something, your internet browser opens a blank page. But, if you find the video that you saved on your local computer, you should be able to play it by double clicking on the file.

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  15. This is one technology that I would love to be able to use for myself. It’s definitely a cut above the rest and I can’t wait until my provider has it. Your insight was what I needed. Thanks

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  17. You are amazing, thank you!

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  19. It worked...thank you!!

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  20. does it show if you download someones picture

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean. This post is about Instagram videos. If you're trying to save a picture, it won't work quite the same way. But, the person who owns the account won't get a notification that you've downloaded it, if that's what you are asking.

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