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4 Ways to Download Instagram Reels on Desktop and Mobile

Charlene updated on Sep 21, 2022 to Video & Audio Downloading

Launched in 2020, Instagram Reels has become one of the fast-going short video platforms. Here you can find all kinds of short videos. If you want to keep Instagram Reels videos on your device. Check out this guide for all workarounds. 

Part 1. What Is Instagram Reels

Reels is a new feature Instagram developed to compete with TikTok, the giant of short video sharing apps and platforms. The feature is integrated into the Instagram app. When you tap the "+" icon, you can select "Reels" to post apart from POST, STORY, and LIVE. From here, you can post a 15-second video with audio, effects, texts, and stickers to your followers only on Feed or a wider community on Instagram through Explore. 

With a different algorithm from Instagram posts, it is easy for new creators to get their content viral on Instagram. People can be pushed with more funny videos based on their interests and view history. If you are going to increase your social presence, starting with Instagram Reels will be a good idea. Learn more about Instagram Reels here

Part 2. How to Download Instagram Reels

There are so many funny and interesting Instagram Reels that you would like to download and share with your friends. Then how can you download Instagram Reels? We will show you how to download Instagram Reels on different platforms and devices.

Method 1. Download Instagram Reels Using Desktop Applications

The uploader may delete an Instagram Reel at any time and thus you can't watch it again if you didn't keep it. If you like an Instagram reel very much, why not download it to your computer? 

EaseUS Video Downloader is a secure and efficient video downloader that captures Instagram Reels on Windows and Mac. With it, you can download any Instagram Reels video on a public Instagram page to your device, simply by copying and pasting the link into the downloader. If you want to download multiple Instagram videos, reels, or stories, you can use the batch downloading feature integrated with EaseUS Video Downloader to download them all at once. Furthermore, EaseUS Video Downloader helps you to download audio from Instagram videos and reels. 

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Note: You are not allowed to repost the downloaded Instagram reels on any platform and use them for any commercial use without permission of the owner. 

Step 1. Open EaseUS Video Downloader on your computer, go to "Downloader," and then click "Add URLs." 

Open the video downloader

Step 2. Paste the URL of the video or playlist into the box and click "Confirm." Afterward, select to download the whole playlist.

Paste the URL

Step 3. Choose to download video or audio files and then select the format and quality you prefer. Then click "Download" to continue.

Select the video format and quality

Step 4. Wait for downloading process to finish.

Start downloading videos

Disclaimer: Please make sure that your download behavior is legal in your country! EaseUS does not advocate downloading any video/audio for sale, distribution, or other commercial purposes.

Besides downloading content from Instagram, EaseUS Video Downloader supports other 1,000+ sites, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Dailymotion, and Tumblr. You can save videos from almost all video-sharing sites you know. While if you want to download songs from YouTube to Mac or PC for offline listening, EaseUS Video Downloader gives you a hand on this as well. It downloads songs from SoundCloud, Myspace, and more audio-streaming sites.

Method 2. Download Instagram Reels with Online Instagram Reel Downloaders 

Online Instagram Reeks video downloaders are also an alternative solution to get Instagram Reels to your device. Free of installation, you can access an online Instagram reel downloader easily via a browser on a computer or smartphone. 

Step 1. Find the Instagram Reel you want to keep to your device and copy the Reel's link. 

Step 2. Open the online Instagram Reels downloader (InstaVideoSave.Net ) in your browser. Paste the Reel's link into the search bar. Hit the download button. 

Step 3. Click the download button below the cover and select a location for the downloaded reel on your PC. Then click "Save" to start the downloading.

Step 4. Wait for the process to complete. Then you can view the Instagram Reel on your PC without a network connection.

Online Instagram Reels downloader

Online Instagram Reels downloaders can be accessed from a browser on your smartphone. Thus you could get Instagram reels on your iPhone ro Android phones with an online downloader as well.

Method 3. Recoding Instagram Reels on iPhone and Android

The third free way to download Instagram Reels on your device is to use the screen recording feature. Now almost all smartphones, both Android and iPhone, are equipped with a default screen recorder. Therefore you can save an Instagram Reel by recording it and then trim it to the length you need.

Here we will show you how to save Instagram Reels to iPhone by recording.

Step 1. Make sure you have added "Screen Recording" to the Control Center on your iPhone. If not, go to "Settings" > "Control Center" and tap the add icon next to the "Screen Recording" to add it.

Step 2. Launch Instagram on your iPhone. Find the Instagram Reel you want to save and play it.

Step 3. Swipe down from the top right corner of your screen and hit the "Screen Recording" icon/button. Then the recording will start 3 seconds later.

Step 4. After the recording is finished, tap the red icon at the top left corner and click "Stop" to end it. The recorded video with sound will automatically save to your camera roll. 

Record Instagram reel on iPhone/Android

Part 3. How to Download Your Own Instagram Reels without Sound

To post a Reel, you can upload a 15-second video or multiple clips, edit it until you are satisfied, and then post it to Instagram. Thus you need to download your own Instagram Reels if you want to repost the video to TikTok or YouTube Shorts. Do you still need another tool to download your own Instagram Reels?

The answer is No. Instagram allows you to download your Instagram Reels directly from the Instagram app. Let's show you how to download your own Instagram reel using the built-in download option.

Step 1. Open Instagram on your smartphone and go to your account. Tap on the Reels tab.

Step 2. Find the Reel you want to download, tap to play it on full screen, and click the three-dot icon to open more options.

Step 3. Tap on "Save to Camera Roll" to save the Instagram Reel to your device. If you use audio that isn't available for download. All audio will be removed from your Reel and you can only download an Instagram Reel without sound. 

Download your own Instagram reel

While the download option may not save the Instagram reel with audio in most cases, in other words, you can only get an Instagram reel without sound. If you want to download the audio part as well, you can use the Instagram Reels downloaders we mentioned above. 

Part 4. How to Save Instagram Reels to Watch Later 

If you want to save Reels to watch later and don't need to save them to your device for the offline watch, it is much easier. You just need to click the "Save" button to add the Reel to your "Saved" tab. Then you watch it when you are free. While, if the uploader deletes or hides the Reel, you will lose access to the Reel even if you save it on Instagram.

When you see a Reel and want to watch it later to save it to your Instagram for future viewing, click the three-dot icon on the right side and tap on "Save." Then the Reel will be added to your Saved list. You can access it from the Saved tab on your profile page.

Save a reel to watch it later

The Final Word

In this article, we have shown you how to download your or someone else's Instagram Reels to desktop and mobile devices. You can download Instagram Reels with or without audio. You can also learn how to save Instagram Reels to watch later. If you want to know more about video or audio downloading, like downloading a Facebook live video, find more tutorials from EaseUS on this page.

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