How To Download Reels on Android, iOS, and PC
Downloading short-form content for offline viewing can be difficult. In this article, we are going to show how you can download Facebook and Instagram Reels on PC, iOS, and Android devices.
With the advent of TikTok, short-form videos have taken the world by storm. Subsequently, all the other prominent social media conglomerates have jumped on this bandwagon head first with their short video services. The world's largest social media platform, Meta (Facebook), is no different. Facebook introduced Reels as a short-form video service back in 2021 in the US, followed by a global release in 2022. However, it already introduced Instagram Reels to the world in 2020.
What are Reels
Reels are short-form videos that have their duration capped at 60 seconds. And this service has helped Facebook become one of the world's largest video streaming platforms. But, similar to TikTok and YouTube shorts, there is no direct way to enjoy these videos offline without a metered data connection, which may not be available everywhere. Our detailed how-to guide will show you how to download the publicly listed reels and videos and enjoy them at your own pace and leisure. But please note that none of the below steps will help you recover private or deleted videos.
Downloading Reels on Android
If you've got an Android device, you can download Instagram and Facebook Reels in a couple of different ways. You can use an app to do all the hard work and download the Reels faster. Or, if you aren't comfortable installing a separate application on your device, you can visit a few websites that offer this service. We will discuss those sites in the iOS section below.
Check out the following steps to download Facebook Reels on your Android device using an application:
Wait for a few seconds for the download to complete, and then tap the download icon in the top right corner to access the reel offline. This process also works all the same for downloading longer Facebook videos. You should now be able to access it from your gallery.
Go through the steps below to download Instagram Reels on Android using an application:
The downloaded video will now appear in your gallery for safekeeping. You can also download longer Instagram videos by following the steps above.
How To Download Reels on iOS
Downloading Facebook and Instagram Reels on iOS devices can be tricky, as most of the applications that allowed the facility don't work anymore without requiring a jailbreak. However, you can still use one of the many websites available that would enable the same function. You can also use these websites to download Facebook and Instagram Reels on other OS and devices, Android, Windows, macOS, for example.
Follow these steps to download Facebook reels on iOS:
After the download, you should be able to access the video offline by visiting the Downloads folder in your Files app, located under the Favourites tab. But, if you want to access it from your gallery, simply tap the share icon in the bottom left corner, and hit Save Video by scrolling down. Similar to its Android counterparts, the website also works with longer Facebook videos.
To download Instagram Reels on iOS, follow the below steps:
Now the video will start downloading. To access the video from the gallery, follow the same steps mentioned above. And similar to other websites, it also allows downloading longer Instagram videos.
Downloading Reels on PC
Unlike iOS, your options aren't quite as limited on Windows. You can visit the same websites mentioned above to download the reels, and there are a ton of free applications that allow the same function.
Read the following steps to download Reels on your PC using an application:
The downloaded video should now be available to edit. You can also click on the folder icon beside the play button to visit its root folder and move it to another folder. If you have a specific video extension in mind, you may choose that before pasting the link. The app will automatically convert the video upon downloading.
With this detailed how-to guide, you'll hopefully have a better idea of how to access Instagram and Facebook Reels/videos offline. Additionally, this guide should also help you access videos that may become unavailable or get hidden in the future. But once again, these steps won't help with already hidden, deleted, or private videos, as the fetching process will just fail. If any of the above apps stop working, you can simply switch to using the mentioned websites.