Instagram Reels are now available for anyone to download from within the app itself
November 26, 2023

Instagram Reels are now available for anyone to download from within the app itself

Since they are Instagram Reels started to become popular, users were constantly looking for ways to download them. That's why we have many websites, tools and apps that allow people to easily download Reels.

However, from now on all users will be able to download Reels directly through the app. This new feature was first released in the United States in June and is now available globally.

How to download Instagram Reels directly?

Adam Mosseri, CEO of Instagram, announced on his official channel that everyone can download Reels that are published from public accounts. This is a feature that will be automatically enabled for everyone, but you can turn it off whenever you want.

To download an Instagram Reel, all you need to do is visit a publicly posted Reel and tap the Share icon. You'll find a download button in the share menu, along with other options like Add to Story and Copy Link. All downloaded Reels will have an Instagram watermark, account username and audio attribute. The approach is similar to how TikTok allows users to download and share TikToks with others, writes TechCrunch.

If you don't want others to download Reels from your account, one option is to set your account to private. For those who want to continue using public accounts, Instagram allows them to disable downloads for each Reel individually or for all Instagram Reels you share.

The first option is, when setting up a new Reel, visit the advanced settings and turn off the switch “Allow people to download your Reels“. This process will have to be repeated for each new Reel you place.

If you want to disable Reels downloads for your entire account, you'll need to visit your account settings. Tap Settings & Privacy > Privacy > Reels & Remix, then turn off the “Allow people to download your Reels“. This is how you can control whether others should be allowed to download Instagram Reels footage from your public account.

Instagram is constantly adding features to give users more freedom about what they share and with whom. It has added a new audience feature that allows you to choose whether your Reel or post will be shared with all followers or only close friends. This is an expansion of the feature that was previously limited to Stories. That's why this feature will use the same list of close friends you created for Stories.

If you haven't received this option yet, check the application in the coming days as it will be available to users around the world successively.