Download Instagram Reels Without Third Party App – Complete Guide

Know How to Download Reels Without Using Third-Party Apps


The most sought-after photo and video sharing platform, Instagram, has recently launched a feature that enables users to download reels for offline playback. The Meta-owned platform introduced reels back in 2020 following the ban of popular short video app, TikTok. Instagram reels, which have time limits ranging from 1-90 seconds currently, and are featured on the ‘Explore’ page of Instagram have been surging in popularity ever since its conception.

The platform has recently introduced anew feature that permits users to download reels without using any third-party applications and then view it in offline mode as well. The major advantage of being able to download Instagram reels is that it cuts down the consumption of your internet bandwidth. Previously, the social media application permitted users to download reels using third party apps.

Recently, the app launched a new feature enabling users to download reels from public accounts for offline playback. The reels download option will be turned off by default for individuals under the age of 18. However, they may allow others to download their reels by changing the option in settings.

The feature to download reels was made accessible to US residents earlier this year. It has now been rolled out globally from November 23. The new feature eliminates the need to download third-party applications to download Instagram reels. The feature might not be immediately accessible to all the users.

How To Download Instagram Reels Without Using Third-Party Application?

  • Firstly, choose the reel that you wish to download. Make sure that the reel belongs to a public account. This is because reels from a private account cannot be downloaded.
  • Navigate to the share option
  • Locate the three dots situated on the bottom right corner of the screen
  • A menu with several options gets displayed
  • Choose the ‘Download’ option and enjoy viewing it offline

How to Manage the Download Settings?

Creators have the authority to determine if their reel can be downloaded by others. To adjust this setting, follow the steps outlined below:

  • Navigate to Settings on the Instagram app
  • To do so open the Instagram app and go to your profile
  • Tap on the three horizontal lines on the top right corner of your profile screen and head to ‘Settings and Privacy’
  • Search for and click on ‘sharing and remixes’
  • Scroll down and toggle on the option that reads ‘Allow people to download your reels’
  • If you do not want people to download your reels, disable the option

Things to Keep in Mind Before Downloading Instagram Reels

Here are a few things to bear in mind before you go ahead and utilise this newly launched feature.

  1. You can download reels only if it belongs to a public account
  2. The downloaded reels will have a watermark displaying the Instagram handle name of the creator. This is to ensure that the original source of the content gets the due credit for it.
  3. Creators with public accounts will be able to turn off the reels download option if they wish to
  4. It is prohibited to use the downloaded reels for commercial purposes
  5. If the reel has a licensed audio clip, the downloaded version will not have any audio in it

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I download reels on Instagram?

The default setting for Instagram allows individuals aged 18 and above to download reels. For users under 18, the download option is disabled initially, but it can be activated by adjusting the download settings. If you don’t change your reels download settings, anyone on Instagram can download and share your reels.

Can we download private reels from Instagram?

Reels from private accounts on Instagram cannot be downloaded by anyone unless the account owner modifies the privacy settings to make the account public.

Which app is best for insta reels?

Instagram has an in-app editor that helps users make amazing reels. Also, there are a plethora of third-party applications like Canva, CapCut, KineMaster, Adobe Rush, etc. that help users create head-turning reels.

How do I download Instagram reels to private gallery?

To download a Reel on Instagram, follow these steps:

  • Go to your profile, navigate to the Reels tab, open the specific Reel you want
  • Click on the three dots icon, and choose the “Save to Camera Roll” option.
  • This should save a copy of your Reel to your device.

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