Best 8 Ways to Download Reels From Instagram for Free

Instagram launched the reel feature on August 5, 2020. Reels feature allows you to record short videos like Tiktok. However, if you want to download reels from Instagram for free, it doesn’t have any tool for that.

Download Reels From Instagram

Although it’s an important tool that allows you to enjoy them offline or for later use. That’s why there are some internal hacks and external tools through which you can do it. I have curated a list of the best ways to download reels from Instagram for free.

8 best ways to download reels from Instagram for free

1. Download Instagram reels within the Instagram app:

  • Open Instagram.
  • Tap the “Search” button.
  • Open the reel you need to download.
  • And if you want to download a reel from someone’s profile,
  • Go to the profile.
  • Next to IGTV videos, there is a tab “New Reels”.
  • Open the reel you want to download.
  • Tap the three-dot icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap “Save”.

2 . Download Reels through your Instagram Story:

  • Open the reel.
  • Tap on the “Share” button.
  • Tap “Add reel to your story” after it.
  • It will take you to the story preview screen.
  • Zoom the reel enough to fill your screen and to push the logo or user name outside of the screen.
  • Tap the “Download” icon given at the top of the screen.
  • The reel will be downloaded to your Camera Roll or Gallery depending upon the phone you use.

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3. Download your unpublished reels with audio through the Close Friend list:

Although Instagram gives you the option to download unpublished reels, that option downloads the reel without audio.

To download your unpublished reel with audio you have to

  • Create a close friend list. ( Keep in mind they will be able to see your reel.)
  • Create a reel video.
  • Tap on “Share” or “Preview” to go to the Share screen.
  • Tap on the “Stories” and 
  •  Next to the “Close Friends” list, tap on the “Share”.
  • This will publish the reel only for your close friends.
  • Hit on the “Your Story” icon.
  • Hit the three-dot icon
  • Tap the “Save Video” option available in the menu.
  • This will download the reel from Instagram to your phone.
  • Now you can remove the reel from your story.

4. Download reels from Instagram using Screen Recorder:

For iPhone:

  • Check if the screen recorder is in the control center.
  • Open the reel.
  • Swipe up to see the control center.
  • Tap “Start Recording”.
  • Play the video on Instagram.
  • Video will start recording.
  • To stop the recording, tap the red bar at the top of the screen.
  • Tap “Stop”.
  • Edit the video to cut any extra part other than the reel.

For Android:

  • If your phone has a built-in screen recorder. That’s good. If not, then download some third-party app to record the screen.
  • Start your screen recorder.
  • Play the reel video on Instagram.
  • Hit the Stop button when you are done recording.
  • This will download the reel in your gallery.

5. Download reels from Instagram using Downloading Websites:

If you are not satisfied with the above-mentioned hacks, you can use downloading websites to download reels from Instagram for free. Here is a list of some of the websites you can use.


How to use these websites to download reels?

  • Open the Instagram reel you need to download
  • Click on the three-dot icon.
  • Select “Copy Link”.
  • Now open any of the above-mentioned sites on your Android or iPhone.
  • Paste the link in the given box on the site.
  • Tap the “Download” button.

6. Download reels from Instagram using Reel downloading apps:

If you don’t want to open websites every time you want to download reels from Instagram.

You can download reel downloading apps.

App For iPhone:

  • Open AppStore and Install InstantSave.
  • Copy the reel link through the three-dot icon.
  • Open the InstantSave app and it will automatically receive the reel from Instagram.
  • Save/Download it.

Apps for Android:

  1. Reels Video Downloader for Instagram_Reels Saver app
  2. Video Downloader for Instagram
  • Copy the link for the reel you want to download.
  • Open any of the two apps mentioned above.
  • This will automatically download reels from Instagram to your phone.


  • Hit on the “Share Link” available on the reel screen.
  • Choose the app you want for the reel downloading.

Can I download reels from Instagram in Audio Form?

Yes, you can do it. There is an app that can do it for you.

  • Copy the reel link.
  • Open
  • Paste the link in the given box or bar.
  • Hit the “Download” button.
  • If it shows some ad or asks you to switch to VPN, cancel it.
  • Go back and again hit on the “Download MP3” button.
  • Do this whenever it appears.
  • A confirmation asking for your permission to download will appear.
  • Allow it to download.


Downloading reels are quite useful if you want to promote your content on other platforms. In addition to this, you can recreate your content or someone else content through them. Although Instagram doesn’t allow you to download them, that’s no worry for you. Because I have covered all the possible and best ways to download reels from Instagram for free.

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