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In addition to photos, videos are also regularly posted on Instagram. These can be videos that are placed as “message”, “story” (a story) or even as “live story”. This OSINT tip focuses on downloading videos that are posted as messages.

Manual or automated download?

It is of course easy to use a tool that can download videos from an Instagram account. However, there are a number of reasons why the use of a tool may not be desirable.

First, by using someone else’s tool, you may leave traces on the website that the tool offers. These traces can not only contain information about yourself but also about the person you are investigating.

Secondly, it can be difficult to justify legally what you have done if you have unthinkingly used third-party tools. Now this may be less of a problem when downloading a video on Instagram, but with other tools this can certainly be a difficult situation.

Fourthly, the use of a tool sometimes makes you dependent on the tool in question. If the tool fails, there is a chance that you yourself do not know how to secure a video on Instagram.

We therefore teach you how to download a video both manually and with the help of a tool.

Download an Instagram video manually

Step 1: go to the video on Instagram that you want to save. In our example we use the video below which can be found here;

Step 2: click on the video to open the video in a new screen. In the URL you can now see a URL like “”. The “B7sGHx8F6uB” section concerns the ID of the Instagram video.

Step 3: Open the “Developer Tools” of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox by clicking on F12. You can also open the developer tools by simultaneously pressing the Ctrl + Shift + I or by right-clicking on “Inspect Element”.

Step 4: click in the developer tools on the “Network” tab. Then click on the “Media” heading in the bar below and play the video. If all is well you will see a line appear.

Step 5: click on the URL and you will see that another window is opened on the right side of the screen.

Step 6: In the recently opened window you will see a URL under “Solicitation URL”. Copy this URL and Paste the URL into another tab.

Step 7: right click on “Save video as”.

Step 8: you now see that the video can be saved on your computer as an “mp4 file”. You have now manually secured the Instagram video.

Download an Instagram video with a tool

There are many tools that you can use to automatically download an Instagram video. With some of these tools, our virus scanner automatically issues a message: always ensure that the use of the tool is safe. Examples of websites that allow you to download videos from Instagram are

What about add-ons and extensions?

Are there also add-ons / extensions for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox that can help you download a video on Instagram? Unquestionably, look at the Stream Video Downloader for example. This expansion for Google Chrome consequently gives you whether a video can be downloaded on a page.

More tips or contact?

Do you want to know more about how you can do research on photos and videos? Is it true that you are interested about what data you can get from Instagram? Or on the other hand do you have augmentations to this article yourself? Then let us know!

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