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Instagram has a fantastic community of photographers, with some of them more gifted than others. Every once in a while, I’ll see a photo or video on Instagram that I want to save to my iPhone for later viewing, or simply because I find it interesting.

The problem is Instagram doesn’t let you save photos or videos from within the app. I’m not completely sure why this isn’t an option, but I’d argue that copyright laws may have something to do with that, along with the fact that Instagram wants you to use the app rather than download photos directly to your iPhone.

With that said, there are of course ways you can download Instagram videos or photos to your iPhone. While using jailbreak tweaks is an option, we’ll focus on App Store apps that allow you to save content from Instagram to your iPhone.

How to save photos and videos from Instagram

There are literally dozens of apps in the App Store that let you save photos and videos from Instagram to your iPhone. The good news is most of them are free. The bad news is they usually contain in-app purchases, tons of ads, and aren’t always the best looking apps. But whatever works…

I’ve gone through several of them, and I keep coming back to the same one as it seems to offer the best experience. In this post, I will show you how to save photos and videos from Instagram using RapidSave.

Step 1: Download RapidSave for free.

Step 2: In the Instagram app, find the photo or video you want to download, then tap on the Share icon, and select Copy Share URL.

Step 3: Launch the RapidSave app and paste the link you just copied into the box, the hit Preview.

Step 4: Tap on the Save button to save the photo or video to your Camera Roll..

As I mentioned above, there is a plethora of apps to save content from Instagram, and they’re not all really pretty, or even updated for the larger screen iPhones, but they do get the job done.

Other apps worth checking out:

The limitations of these apps

All these apps, RapidSave included, operate on a coin-based system to let you download content, where it costs one coin to download one photo or video. When you first download the app, you are given four free coins, but if you want more, you will have to watch ads to earn them.

Jailbreak tweaks

If your iPhone is jailbroken, there are different tweaks you can download from Cydia to let you save pictures and videos from Instagram to your iPhone. InstaBetter, InstaEnhancer, Instagram++, and InstaTools are just a few of the many options available.

  • leart

    That icon reminds me installous..

  • port87

    or just get the tweak “instagram++” and pay to remove ads.

    • Or just get the free savegram tweak and spend no money whatsoever and experience no ads.

      • Nesly Lacroix

        Thanks Nuff for referring Savegram. It integrates beautifully with the Instagram app.

  • Digitalfeind

    I use Instabot for saving Instagram stuff. It has other great features as well.

    • leart

      This one is free 😉

      • Name

        No longer free, now cost $0.99.

      • leart

        i got this for free last year, if you wait probably it would be on sale again

      • starchild

        It costs $2.79

  • William Melendez

    Thanks. I really missed this feature since I upgraded to 8.3 (jailbreak tweak)

  • Martynet

    My favorite is InstantSave. Does multiple saving too. Great app

  • workin

    How can u zoom on IG, is there an app for that? Like instahancer on jailbroke devices.

  • Riko

    Off topic: anybody know how to save Tumblr pics on iOS? Jailbroken or not?

    • Noah

      Hold down the image, or tap on the three dots (“…”) under a post. Save Image should be an option.

      • Riko

        Ugh. I guess I wasn’t looking hard enough. Those things need to be color coded. Thanks!

  • droid3000

    Is there an app that allows you to check who’s blocked you?

  • Noah

    Why not use SaveGram from Cydia? It plugs straight into Instagram. I imagined it being mentioned here because it’s been covered on iDB before.

    • I think it’s more directed towards those that aren’t jailbroken.

  • Rami Tabaa

    Try Padgram it’s compatible with iPad and gets the job done.

  • adal.javierxx

    this is useless cuz there are some many tweaks: savegram, instagram++, instabot, instahancer, etc etc etc

  • jb

    I downloaded the free version and when I try step 4 (click on the Share icon) I don’t have an option to “save”. Know why?

  • Noname1234

    Does it tell the person you downloaded the video or picture?

  • Aurion Corvica

    Instaboard is no longer free btw

  • Michelle :]

    Instagram used to AUTOMATICALLY save my videos to my camera roll. Now it doesn’t for some odd reason :/

  • Jerry and Kristie

    Instaboard doesn’t even work! It also has bad reviews? Are you linked to them?

  • Ane Steynberg

    What app should I use to DL someone’s instagram video or photos ?

  • Lix North

    This app is now defunct, it didn’t survive the last major Instagram API update and no longer functions. Do not purchase InstaBoard!

    • This post has been updated with a new app that is working perfectly to download photos/videos from Instagram.