How Do You Download Videos on Instagram Direct Message?

How Do You Download Videos on Instagram Direct Message?



This article was updated in February 2018.

When I first wrote this article, there was no way to save videos that had been sent to you through Instagram Direct Message, inside the app. The only way for you to save videos and photos that had been sent to you was using third-party apps. But luckily a lot has happened since then.

Instagram realized that a pain point with the app was that there was no way to save Instagram dm videos that had been sent to you through Instagram Direct Message, and the only way to save a photo on Instagram Direct Message was to screenshot the photo from inside the conversation, resulting in low-resolution photos.

Now, though, Instagram has made the process of saving videos that have been sent to you on Instagram Direct Message a lot easier.

Let’s dig into how you can save videos yourself!

Want to save a video from Instagram Direct Message to your camera roll?

If you want to download a video (or photo for that matter) that has been sent to you on Instagram direct message, there area very limited amount of apps that can help you do this.

You can download videos on DM with Direct Saver

Direct Saver – Insta Downloader allows you to download images and videos from Instagram Direct. This is one of the very few apps that actually work.

By logging in to Direct Saver which automatically downloads images/videos, you can save photos and videos on DM as you like.

There are a few more Instagram DM video saver tools out there, but since Instagram has now made it possible to save Instagram DM videos directly in-app with the tap of a finger, there’s no real need for third-party apps in order to be able to save Videos on Instagram Direct Message, which means few new apps will pop up, and the ones that exist might shut down.

Method 2: save videos and photos on Direct Messages in-app

This is a trick on how you save Instagram DM videos on your iPhone and Android.

When this update came out, I was ecstatic because this means that I could save videos and photos from Instagram Direct Message without having to use some sketchy third-party app, type in my Instagram username, and have a bunch of ads shoved down my throat in order to be able to save Instagram dm videos

Instagram, that is always for helping you do things on the platform without having to use any third-party apps, introduced the feature that allows you to save videos and photos from Direct Message inside of the app with a simple tap.

To save a video or photo, go to the message where you received the photo or video. Now, tap and hold on the video/image. Now, a text will appear right above it that says “Save”. Tap that.

Now, you have saved the video or photo to your camera roll. Note that in order to save photos and videos, you need to have given Instagram access to your camera roll. If you haven’t Instagram will ask you for permission.

Currently, there isn’t a way to save Instagram DM videos on your computer, because the Direct Message feature isn’t available from the desktop.

 




4 Comments

    • Jens Wirdenius

      Hi Kayla!
      If you get a video sent to you through Direct Message, tap and hold it until an option saying “save” appears. Tap that and the video should save to your photo library. Note that if the video is long, it might take a short while until it appears in your library.
      Hope it helps!
      Jens

    • Jens Wirdenius

      Hi Ian,
      The purpose of “vanishing videos” is that they should do just that – vanish. Therefore, there is (currently) no ability to save disappearing videos that have been sent to you, because that would remove kind of the whole purpose of them.
      Hope it helps!
      Jens

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