Chances are you’ll see a photo or video you like as you peruse various social networking apps on your iPhone from time to time, but not all services will let you save them to your device.

A new jailbreak tweak called Social Downloader by iOS developer Elias will grant you access to saving just about any image or video from various social networking apps.

Social Downloader supports all of the following apps:

There are plans to support other apps too, but those are a work in progress. Nevertheless, the most popular social networking apps are supported in the initial release, and this is a great start for the tweak.

The process to save media differs from app to app because all of the apps’ interfaces are different. The following is required in each app:

  • WhatsApp story – save button is added to the bottom left corner of the story
  • Facebook – enter the video in full-screen mode and tap and hold on it
  • Instagram feed – double-tap on the photo or video from your feed
  • Instagram story – tap on the ellipsis button in the bottom right corner of the app
  • Twitter – enter the GIF or video in full-screen mode and tap and hold on it

Shown above, you can see what the save prompts look like in both the Instagram and Twitter apps. A button entitled “Save” is added to each menu.

Social Downloader adds a preferences pane to the Settings app where you can toggle any social networking app on or off on demand. For performance reasons, we recommend only enabling the tweak for apps that you’ve actually installed:

A respring button is included at the bottom of the pane so you can save your changes.

While it’s nice to have the power to download media from social networks on demand, we can’t stress enough that you should respect intellectual property and copyright laws of all works that don’t belong to you. With that in mind, you shouldn’t be sharing someone else’s work without permission. Given that you can accept that caveat, Social Downloader might be a worthwhile download.

Social Downloader works on jailbroken iOS 7, 8, 9, and 10 devices with any of the supported apps installed on it, and is available from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.00.

Do you like the idea of being able to download any media from your favorite social networking apps? Share why or why not

  • Iskren Donev

    Anthony, you almost gave me a heart attack!