7 best ways to download Instagram reels on mobile devices

‘Can you download Instagram Reels?’ I’m pretty sure that question must have brought you here. The answer is yes and no. While Instagram does not offer a native method to download Instagram reels videos, there are a couple of solutions. We have covered 7 ways to download Instagram reels with music and without watermark. The following methods will work on both Android and iPhone. Please note that you cannot download private Instagram reels using these methods.

How to download Instagram reels

Whether you want to save Instagram reels to gallery for offline use or save to Instagram only, all methods are covered here.

1. Download reels using stories

This is an extremely useful trick that allows you to download Reels on Instagram without depending on any external services. All you need to do is share the reel with your story and download the story without posting it. Awesome, right?

These are the steps in detail.

one. In the Instagram app, open the reel you want to download.

two. Tap on the Send / Share icon and press the Add Reel to your story option.

3. The story preview screen will open. Now slightly enlarge the video with your fingers so that it fills the entire screen. If you don’t do this step, you won’t get the reel in full screen and you will see the reel’s logo and username in the downloaded video. After zooming in, touch the Download icon at the top.

That’s it. The downloaded reel will appear in your Camera Roll (iPhone) and Gallery (Android) along with its sound.

2. Download your own Instagram reels with sound

The above method can be used to download your own published reels with audio to your phone. But what about the reels that have yet to be released? Although Instagram offers the Download button for unpublished reels, it does not save the audio. To save your own Instagram Reel with music to Gallery without posting, you should take the help of Stories and Close Friends list.

Here’s how to do it:

one. Create a Intimate friends list and add someone close to it. Note that they will be able to view your reel using this method. If you already have a list of close friends, existing members will see the reel. So if you agree, follow the steps below.

two. Create the Instagram Reel video, add effects and whatever else you want to add. Tap on Advance o Share to go to the Share screen.

3. On the Share screen, touch the Stories tab. Tap on the Share next to Close Friends. If you do, you post your reel as a story to your close friends.

Note: This method only worked on Android for me. I didn’t see the Story option on the Share screen on iPhone. If you see it, it will work on iPhone too.

4. Now go to the Instagram home screen and tap Your history. You will see the reel posted as a story. Tap on the three dots icon and select Save video from the menu. That will download your reel with music to your phone. Finally, delete the Instagram story.

3. Use of online tools

If the above methods don’t suit your requirement or you keep getting the Reel logo on your video, you can also download Instagram Reels with the help of online tools. These tools allow you to download the video from Reels without adding any watermark. You simply need to copy the Reel link, paste it into the online tool, and hit the Download button. That’s it. The tool will automatically download the video to your phone or computer in original quality along with your audio.

Here are some of the Instagram Reel video download websites:

And here are the steps to use one of them:

one. Open the Instagram Reel that you want to download. Tap on the three dots icon and choose Copy link.

two. Now open instafinsta.com or any other reel download website in a browser on your Android phone or iPhone. Go to the Reels tab on the website if it doesn’t take you directly.

3. Paste the link copied in step 1 into the box available on the website and press the Download button.

Four. Wait for the website to process the video. Once done, you will see a preview of the video below the box where you pasted the link. Scroll down and press the Download button. A confirmation pop-up will appear. Grant permission to download the video.

In case the video starts playing instead of downloading to your phone, just tap and hold the video. You will see another Download video button. Play it. If that doesn’t work either, tap and hold the Download button from step 4 and choose Download linked file from the menu.

You will find downloaded reels with audio in the Downloads folder on your phone. On Android, you can access them using the Gallery app and File Explorer. On iPhone, you will need to open the Files app and go to the Downloads folder.

4. Using Reel Downloader applications

The downside to the above method is that you may need to fill out the captcha at times. If that bothers you or you don’t want to open an online website every time you want to download Instagram Reels, you can install the Instagram Reels video downloader apps.

Use Reel Downloader apps on iPhone

one. Install on pc InstantSave from the App Store on your iPhone. You can also use InstDown for Instagram reels.

two. Open Instagram Reel and copy your link by tapping the three dots icon and selecting Copy link.

3. With the link copied, open the InstantSave application and you will automatically get the reel. Wait for the application to process the video. Finally, touch Download or Save money depending on the option available.

Use Reel Downloader apps on Android

one. Install on pc Reels Video Downloader for Instagram – Reels Saver App on your Android phone. Another application that you can use is Video Downloader for Instagram. Open them once to grant permission.

two. Copy the reel link and open one of the apps mentioned above. The application will automatically download the reel to your phone. If not, tap Download. Alternatively, touch the Share link on the Reel screen and select the Reel download application.

5. Download Instagram Reels with audio

If you just want to download the reel audio without video, that is also possible. There are two methods for that.

First, get the spool link as shown in the above methods. Then open offmp3.com in a browser on your phone or PC. Paste the link in the box available on the website and press the Download button. While the app works perfectly fine, you might hate it for the ads. But something is better than nothing. After hitting the Download button, a pop-up may appear saying Switch to VPN or some other advertisement. Touch Cancel.

Click on the Download MP3 button on the page. If you see an ad again, go back to the previous page and press the Download MP3 button again. Finally, a confirmation popup will appear to download the audio. Allow download.

Alternatively, download the reel using one of the above-mentioned methods in your phone’s gallery. Then use a InShot Video to MP3 Converter App on Android and Multimedia converter on iPhone to extract audio from video Reel.

6. Flag Instagram Reel

If you don’t want to download Instagram Reels on your phone, but are interested in saving it for future use, you can bookmark it with the native feature.

Open the Instagram reel and tap the three points icon. Please select Save money from the menu.

To find your saved Instagram reels, go to the profile screen and tap the three bars icon followed by Saved.

Tap on All messages and you will see your saved reels along with other posts.

7. Remix Reels

Sometimes you want to unload a reel just to create a similar reel. What you can do is use Reel’s Remix feature. It’s similar to TikTok’s Duet feature and allows you to create your own versions of someone else’s reel. However, the original video will play alongside its own reel.

If you like the Remix concept, open the reel you want to remix and hit the three dots icon. Please select Remix this reel. Note that you may not see the Remix option for all reels. That’s because creators can disable the remix feature for their reels.

Have fun with Instagram reels

In case any of the above methods of downloading videos from Instagram Reels are not working, you have a couple of alternatives. To top it off, in addition to the ways mentioned above, you can also use the screen recording feature on Android and iPhone to save Instagram Reels. If your phone doesn’t support screen recording, check out the best screen recording apps for Android.

Finally, if you are new to Instagram, find out how to make reels with photos. You can also use reel editing apps to create amazing videos.

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