How to Download Instagram Videos Without any App

There are hundreds of apps built to help you download your pics and videos from Instagram in exchange for your email address.

Most people don’t realize this is something you can do by yourself in about 30 seconds with no tools, apps, or money needed.

There’s only 4 steps needed to download public or private videos to your computer.

  1. With Google Chrome, use the actual Instagram website to get to the page where the image or video you want to download is.
    If the page is private, you will need to log in to your Instagram account first.

2. Click on the Image or Video you want to download to make it “full screen”

3. Right-click directly on the Image or Video, then click “Inspect”

This crazy looking HTML should pop up:

4. Get the URL to your Image or Video

You’ll see an HTML bit starting with “<div …” highlighted on the right.

For Images:

There’s a line right above the line that’s highlighted also starting with “<div …”.

Click the “▶” next to the “<div …” that’s above what’s highlighted.

You’ll see a bunch of URL-looking things, the one we want to grab is the bottom one. It starts with src=”long link”.

Copy that URL and paste it into a new tab. You can do whatever you want with the image now.

For Videos:

There are two lines right above the line that’s highlighted also starting with “<div …”.

Click the “▶” next to the “<div …” that’s two lines above what’s highlighted.

Keep clicking the “▶” button until you can not any more and instead see URLs.

Find where it says type=”video/mp4" src = “ … “ — Copy the URL for src and paste in a new tab.

Click the three dots and “Download”, you’re done!

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