Download Instagram reels without third-party apps: Here’s how

Users on Instagram won't be able to download reels from private accounts
An undated image illustrates Instagram logo. — Instagram
An undated image illustrates Instagram logo. — Instagram

After going through the testing phase, Instagram — meta-owned social media platform — recently rolled out the latest update of app.

What makes this update outstanding among the rest integrated into this app is its ability to let users download video reels.

The official announcement was made public by the company’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, who took to his account on the platform and informed the users about this latest update.

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Why you’re unable to download Instagram reels

As part of the list of privacy policies of this feature, Instagram, the default settings to download reels for users under 18 are turned off. However, this can be turned on whenever a user wants.

Reels management

It’s noteworthy that you can only download reels from public accounts. With this, Instagram leaves a margin to manage reels so that strangers or people out of your followers list don’t use your content for the purpose of impersonation.

If your account is private, users on Instagram won’t be able to download your reels, unless you make your account public.

Gad Insider has brought the simplest guide to downloading Instagram reels. Let’s get to know how it's done.

How to download reels on Instagram

Follow the steps listed below to download Instagram reels:

  • Open the Instagram app and login to your account.
  • Play the reel you want to download.
  • Then tap the 'Share' icon on the reel and Select 'Download' and the reel will be saved in your device storage.

Important: Users with the older version of Instagram can not avail this feature. If your Instagram doesn't have the option to download reels from public accounts, update your Instagram to the latest version.