A Guide to Officially Downloading Instagram Reels: Step-by-Step Instructions


Instagram has expanded the capability to download Reels from public accounts globally, following its initial launch in the US in July. While this feature is accessible to all users, creators retain control over who can download their Reels through the account privacy settings within the app. If a creator permits reel downloads from their account, users can easily save these captivating moments to their phones or tablets. You can also read about how to view and download Instagram stories without registration.

For those interested in downloading Reels from public accounts, this article provides a comprehensive guide on the process. Also, read about how to ensure the security of your Instagram Direct Messages.

Here are some important considerations before downloading Instagram Reels, the official way

  1. Public Accounts Only: Downloading Reels is exclusively possible from Instagram accounts set to public visibility.
  2. Creator Controls: Creators can decide whether to allow or prevent downloads for their Reels from the account settings.
  3. Watermark and Attribution: Downloaded Reels include an Instagram watermark, the username of the creator, and audio attribution.
  4. Personal Use Only: Reel downloads are intended for personal use and should not be used for commercial purposes.
  5. Age Restrictions: The download option is automatically disabled by default for Instagram users who are under the age of 18.

Also Read: Adding Musical Flair to Your Instagram Photo

Enabling Reel Download for Your Instagram Account:

  1. Record and edit your reel.
  2. Tap “Next” in the bottom right corner.
  3. Select “More options” at the bottom.
  4. Scroll down and tap “Advanced Settings.”
  5. Find the option “Allow people to download your reels” and switch the setting either on or off.
  6. Decide whether to activate or deactivate downloading for all your reels or solely for the one you are currently uploading..
  7. Tap the top-left arrow to go back.
  8. Finally, tap “Share” at the bottom.

Downloading a Reel from Public Accounts:

  1. Open the Instagram app and navigate to the desired reel.
  2. Tap the “Share” icon and select the “Download” option.
  3. The reel will be downloaded and saved into the camera roll of your device.

By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the flexibility of downloading Instagram Reels officially, respecting the privacy and preferences of creators. Also, read about How to Stop Instagram from Tracking Your Web Activity.

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