How to Download Instagram Videos on PCs

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How to Save Instagram Videos on a Computer

Humorous, helpful, or just enchanting – videos on Instagram can often make viewers want to save them for future reference. If you find a video post that’s worth keeping, you can always bookmark it and refer to it in the Saved tab of your Instagram account. But if you really want to save an Instagram video on your PC for more flexibility, there is a simple way to do it – with the help of Movavi Screen Recorder. In instances like this, the software can be used as a video downloader. Open your favorite video posting in your PC’s browser, read this short guide, and then reproduce the steps! Learn all about how to save Instagram videos on PC.

  • Step 1. Download and Install Movavi Screen Recorder

    Download and run the installation file on your PC. Follow the instructions on the screen. When the installation process is complete, launch the program.

  • Step 2. Adjust the Recording Settings

    With Movavi Screen Recorder, you can save Instagram videos by simply capturing the screen while the video is playing in your browser. But before you do this, you’ll want to adjust the settings for the recording session. Click Preferences in the sidebar: a dialog box will appear. Here, you can manage different options: hide the sidebar, disable the countdown, select the output folder, and more. Once you are happy, click OK. Next, click the Screen recording button and select the area containing the video on the Instagram page.

    It’s vital that the recording of all system sounds is enabled: the System Audio icon on the recording panel is green if this option is turned on. Make sure the Webcam and the Microphone are turned off.

  • Step 3. Record the Instagram Video

    Click the REC button. The recording process will begin after a 3-second countdown. You can use the Pause and Screenshot buttons during the process. To finish recording, click Stop.

  • Step 4. Save the Instagram Video to Your Computer

    Click the Save As button.

    In the dialog box that appears, name the file and choose the output format. Click Save once more. Now you know how to save Instagram videos on your computer with Movavi Screen Recorder.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

Movavi Screen Recorder

  • Capture video from your computer screen
  • Grab sound from multiple sources
  • Use the simple editing tools to make your recording perfect
  • Save videos in any popular format

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

How to Save Instagram Videos on PC Using the Web Page Source Code

You can also download Instagram videos on your computer by inspecting the source code of the page in your browser. Source code is the programming used to create web pages. Don’t be intimidated, you really need just one line from the entire code.

First, open the Instagram page containing the video you want to save. Right-click somewhere on the page (use the ⌘ + click combination on a Mac) and select Inspect or View page source, depending on your browser. This will split your browser window in two halves.

In the section that appears, you will see the source code. You only need one line from it – the one containing the link to the video. To find the link, press Ctrl + F (or ⌘ + F on a Mac). This will open the Find box. Type “mp4” into it, press Enter, and you will see where the link is. Typically, it starts with “src=” and ends with “.mp4”. Right-click (on a Mac, press and click) on the link and choose the Open in new tab option.

The video you want to extract will play in a new tab. Right-click (or press and click) on the clip and select the Save video as option. In the dialog box that appears, select the folder in which the video will be stored, then click Save. This is how to download Instagram videos on a PC using just a browser.