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’ve developed an App Store app that allows 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…
Because we weren’t satisfied with any of these apps, we ended up developing our own app called Reposter for Instagram, previously known as Regrammer.
Step 1: Download Reposter for Instagram for free.
Step 2: In the Instagram app, find the photo or video you want to download, then tap on the Share icon that looks like ” … ” above the photo, and select Copy Link.
Step 3: Launch the Reposter app and paste the link you just copied into the box, then hit Preview.
Step 4: Tap on the Repost button.
Step 5: Tap on the Repost on Instagram option. This will open the Instagram Share sheet, but it will also automatically save the photo or video to your Camera Roll. You can then close the Share sheet.
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.
The limitations of these apps
Most of these apps 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. Our Reposter app doesn’t work like this and is entirely free to use although it is ad-supported.
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.