Instagram Reels download: How to download Reels from Instagram for offline view

Download Instagram Reels on your device and watch them offline using these steps

Instagram Reels download: Instagram video download was covered extensively by us in our separate post. Today, we look at Instagram Reels video download on mobile phone and laptop for offline view. Reels is an Instagram feature that allows users to make TikTok-like short videos with dubbed dialogues and songs. Instagram Reels video, much like regular videos and photos, can only be watched online. However, there are ways through which Instragam Reels videos can be downloaded offline. If you have ever tried to download Reels from Instagram on a PC or Mac, you know that it’s not easy. You can’t do it directly from the Instagram app or website (you can save the Reels videos for later use via the app though). So how can you download Instagram Reels video offline view? Let’s take a look.


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How to save Instagram Reels video (official method)

You don’t need a third-party app to save Instagram Reels video for later. This can be done via the official Instagram app.

Save Instagram Reels videos
You can save Reels video via Instagram app itself.
  • Open the Reels video, tap on the three-dot icon, and hit ‘Save’.
  • Now, go to Instagram home screen –> tap your Profile icon –> then the hamburger icon –> Settings –> Account –> Saved, to access the saved Instagram Reels.

This will still consume data and can only be accessed via Instagram app. Follow the steps below to download Reels from Instagram and save them locally on your device.

Instagram Reels download

How to download Instagram Reels videos online

You can use web tools to download Instagram Reels video online on your choice of device, including Android mobile phones, iPhone, Windows PC/ laptop, and Mac. is among the nicest web tools out there. It works across web browsers that support downloads.

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Download Instagram Reels for offline view
  • Head over to Instagram Reels page, tap on the ‘three-dot icon’ and select ‘Copy Link’
  • Alternatively, you can visit a user’s profile –> navigate to new Reels tab, which you’ll notice sits next to the IGTV tab –> select the Reels video that you’d like to download –> open it and then tap on the three-dot icon to copy the link
  • Now, open your browser and visit Look for ‘Tools’ and ‘Select Instagram downloader’
  • Paste the Instagram Reels link in the box and hit the ‘Search’ button
  • Scroll down a little to see the results
  • Hit the ‘Download’ button below the video to save Reels video on your device. You can also play and check whether it’s the right video from the web page before downloading.

To access the Reels video head over to the ‘Downloads’ folder of your device.

Some other Instagram Reels download apps and online tools you can use

How to download Instagram Reels videos on Android mobile phone

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Instagram Reels download on Android mobile phone
  • From Google Play Store, install TwitterVideoDownloader app on your Android mobile phone to download Reels from Instagram. You can also use the app to download Twitter videos
  • Open Instagram and copy the Reels link in the same manner as stated above – open the Reels video you wish to download –> tap on the ‘Three-dot icon’ –> and select ‘Copy Link’
  • Now, go to TwitterVideoDownloader and paste the link and hit the ‘blue download button’ at the bottom right corner of the page
  • Instagram Reels videos will be stored locally on your device. Go to the ‘Downloads’ folder or gallery app to access the video, which you can share with your friends and watch using any third-party video player as well.

How to download Instagram Reels videos on iPhone

There is also a dedicated app for iPhone users to download Instagram Reels.

  • Go to App Store and look for InSaver for Instagram
  • Install the app on your iPhone and finish the setup
  • The app will automatically paste the copied Instagram Reels video link
  • Select Watch It! –> then Options –> Share –> Save video to download Instagram Reels on your iPhone. You can access the short video via the phone’s Photos app.

How to download Instagram Reels videos online using Google Chrome extension

Instagram Reels can be downloaded on the desktop via the web tool as well as Chrome extension Instagram Downloader. If you often download Instagram posts, this should be the must-have tool for desktop users. Let’s take a look at how this online tool works

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Instagram Reels video download via Chrome extension
  • Head over to Chrome web store and search Instagram Video Downloader. Alternatively, click on this link:
  • Select ‘Add to Chrome’ to add the extension to your Chrome browser
  • After this, open the Instagram on your desktop –> sign-in with your details
  • Unlike the app, Instagram’s desktop version doesn’t have a dedicated Reels section. But, you can access the short videos by going to the user’s profile and selecting the Reels tab next to IGTV.
  • Expand the video by clicking on it
  • Hit the download button next to the ‘Save’ icon to store Instagram Reels videos offline on your Windows/ macOS-powered desktop

The Instagram Reels videos will be saved on the last saved location or the ‘Downloads’ folder on your Windows laptop/ PC and Mac. The extension also offers the option to download all videos and photos on the Instagram account at once. For that, open the Instagram account whose files you wish to download and look for ‘Download All’ option.


Can you download Instagram Reels video from private account?

Instagram Reels video download from private account is only possible if it’s on your follower’s list. Otherwise, there is no provision to download Instagram Reels video from private account, at least for free. Ingramer asks for a subscription to save the video from the social networking site’s private account.

What is the video file format of Instagram Reels?

Instagram Reels video supports only two video file formats at the moment: MP4 and MOV. 

What is the maximum video file size of Instagram Reels?

Instagram Reels video supports a maximum file size of 4GB. Anything north of that will end up making the video a little shabby on the social networking platform.

How to share Instagram Reels video on Facebook

Instagram allows you to share Reels video to other apps like Facebook, without going through the trouble of downloading it and saving it on your device. To share your Instagram Reels video on Facebook, follow the steps below

  • Go to your Insta feed and open the Reels video
  • Now, click on the three-dot icon and tap ‘Post to other apps’
  • Toggle the button next to Facebook to share Instagram Reels video on Facebook
If you’re looking to share Instagram Reels video posted by others, go to the Reels section and look for three dots –> select ‘Share to’ from the screen that pops up, followed by Facebook app. This way you’ll be able to post Instagram Reels video on Facebook.