How to Download Videos on iPhone

How to Download Videos on iPhone

Have you come across a video on a social media platform or other sites, but you have limited time to watch, or do you wish to save it and use it later for other reasons? Then learn how to download videos to your iPhone. There are plenty of methods that depend on the platform you are downloading from.

On a long journey or in monotonous situations, nothing excites you more than watching a video on your iPhone. Therefore, it is good to download videos to your phone and watch them later offline when you have time to avoid boredom. However, it is simple to download videos to the android than on iPhone. Downloading a movie to your iPhone is much trickier.

However, we believe that where is a will, there is always a way where there is a will. So, it is possible to download or save videos to the iPhone for future reference. Luckily, there are many reliable downloading videos to the iPhone device.

And in our article, we will be guiding you on the same. Other than safari applications, there are also other effective methods and the video to watch later hassle-free. But always remember to credit the owner if you decide to share on the other social media platform, and if not, you will face copyright infringement law.

Otherwise, there are various methods to download videos to your iPhone from different social media platforms. Stay tuned.

How to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone

First and foremost, you can download youtube videos to your iPhone storage and then watch them later offline when you have time. While there are many other methods discussed in the previous article, we will use the Safari browser on your phone and the website in this section. is a well-known video-sharing platform that enables users to download videos from youtube and other streaming platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Therefore, if you want to download or save a youtube video using this platform, follow these steps:

Step 1: Get your phone and click the youtube icon to launch it

Step 2: While on youtube, select the videos you want to download from the collection and click on them to start playing. After that, tap on the Share button, which is located below the video title.


Step 3: Click on the copy link from the popup menu. You will have the link copied to the clipboard and proceed to the next step.

copy link

Step 4: Now launch the Safari browser on the device.

Step 5: The visit website uses the search bar

Step 6: While on the home page, you will see the blank search field; paste the copied youtube link or video URL. The site will start tracing the video.


Step 7: From the menu, you will see the name of the video, then select the resolution you need your video to have when you download it.

download it

Step 8: Then you will see a new popup to give you another option to start downloading or viewing the video.

new popup

Step 9: Tap on download from the menu, and the video will start downland immediately.

the video will start downland immediately

Step 10: It takes time; to check the video download status when you tap on the download icon found at the top right corner of the device.

Step 11: Immediately after the download finishes, you will be able to access the downloaded video in the file folder in your phone storage. When you click on the downloaded video, t starts playing.

We discussed more methods before on How to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone.

How to Download Videos on iPhone from Safari

How to Download Videos on iPhone from Safari

Other than using the above platform to download youtube videos, it is also possible to download videos using the Safari browser on iPhone. When you come across an interesting video while browsing Safari, you can still download it and watch it later. regardless of the video, here is the detailed step by step guide on how to download the video from the safari browser:

Step 1: First, identify the video you are interested in on the safari browser and make sure you copy its URL link.

Step 2: Then visit the website.

Step 3: After that, on the blank search bar found at the top of your screen, paste the URL of the video you need to download.

Step 4: Click on the arrow to start processing your video.

Step 5: Then click and hold down the download icon as displayed.

Step 6: You will see a quick action menu popup. So on the menu, tap downloads the linked file.

Step 7: At the top right c0orner of your Screen, you will see the download icon, then click on it.

Simple steps and you will have the video you have selected start downloading from the internet to your device through the Safari browser.

How to Download Videos on iPhone from Instagram

The method of downloading videos from Instagram to your iPhone is countless. one of them is through Shortcuts. iPhone has a shortcut app that helps you download the videos and save them to your phone storage. This method offers you a simple and easy strategy to have your favorite videos saved to the iPhone. if you are interested in this, then follow the below steps:-

Step 1: Open the app store on your iPhone and download the Instagram download shortcut. After that, follow the screen instructions to set it up and be ready to proceed.

Step 2: Then while on your Instagram, navigate through to locate the video you need to download.

Step 3: When done, click on the 3 dots, and from the menu, select ‘Share to.’

Step 4: It will redirect you to the second Screen. Then scroll down the share lists options until you find the Instagram download shortcut.

Step 5: Ensure you grant the shortcut access to the internet and your photo library only if it is your first time. The video will be downloaded and saved to the camera roll on your iPhone. You can then use it anytime you need.

and if you are using Facebook, then proceed to the next step.

How to Download Videos on iPhone from Facebook

Assuming that you now understand how to copy the Facebook video links, you can still save or download Facebook videos to your iPhone. for this section, we prefer using Documents. It is also a simple process only if you have this app installed on your phone. otherwise, it would be best if you did not worry since we will cover every step here:

Step 1: The first step is to download the browser and file manager for documents. You can click on the above link, download it, and install it on your iPhone device.

Step 2: Then launch the Facebook application and navigate through to identify the video you wish to download and make sure you copy its URL link.

Step 3: Then launch the documents app on your phone. Locate the address bar always found at the top of your app or Screen. Then while on that address bar, type down com and proceed to visit the website.

Step 4: Then when you are on the website's homepage, choose the Facebook button.

Step 5: Then proceed by pasting the Facebook video URL link you copied and then click the download icon.

Step 6: The files will be processed and downloaded. Immediately you are done, click on the files tab, then tap on the 3 dots close to the video files.

Step 7: And continue by choosing Open In from the option and choose to save video from the menu displayed to start downloading to your iPhone device.

You can always access the downloaded video on the documents> my files> Downloads.

Bonus: Record Your iPhone's Screen

Though this method sounds less elegant when downloading videos to your iPhone, it might be a favorite option to record on your Screen. And you can as well record with the audio clip playing, which we will also guide you under this section. Have you tried the above methods without success? Then never give up; you can still share that footage with your friends or send the guide to your loved one when you cannot download using the iPhone.

Without the built-in iOS feature on the iPhone, recording the on-screen video could not have been that easy. Thus, while we will guide you on how to record your favorite video, we will also take you through the precautions and prior preparations before the actual screen recording. first, you need to enable the screen recording on your phone, as shown below:

Step 1: Launch the Settings icon on your iPhone

launch the settings icon

Step 2: From the menu, click the Control Center and then select customize controls


Step 3: After that, click the green + button found close to the screen recording.

green + button

Immediately you ad the button, you now proceed to start screen recording following the below method.

Step 1: First, swipe down from the upper right corner of your screen to access the control center. And if you are using the old version, you can swipe up starting from the bottom of your screen.

Step 2: Click on the record button. Give it time to finish the countdown.

Step 3: Immediately it's done, locate the video and start playing after the countdown.

Step 4: You can then head to the control center again and click on the record button to stop the on-screen recording and save the video to your device on the camera roll.

You are done with that, but sometimes, you might want to screen record video with audio. It is still possible, especially when your video does not have any sound. Assuming you have added the screen recording control center, here is how to go about it.

Step 1: Still, swipe down starting from the upper right corner of your screen and open the control center. If it's an old version, swipe upward from the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Then press and hold the record button.

Step 3: Click on the microphone so that you can switch the microphone on

Step 4: Then click on start recording and wait to finish the countdown.

Step 5: Immediately after the countdown finishes, start playing the video and audio in the background simultaneously.

Step 6: Then follow the standard procedure to stop recording. Launch the control center and tap on the record icon to stop recording.

The video will be saved to the camera roll in either method, and you can access it anytime.

Where to Find the Downloaded Videos If You Use Safari?

Safari browser is the favorite browser stock on all Apple products. Therefore, you can always find videos on the file app when using default settings. However, that does not mean that the file app is the only location where downloaded videos and files are stored. one can easily customize and download the files to the iCloud drives download folder.

And if you have other cloud services, you can also redirect the download there, such as google drive, mega, and dropbox. Any of the above locations can be your primary download folder. Based on your preference, you can change your download storage location follow the below procedure:

Step 1: If you are using an iPad or iPhone, launch the Settings icon

launch the settings icon

Step 2: Then on the menu, scroll down and click on Safari


Step 3: In the general section, you can locate the Downloads option and then click to open it.

download option

Step 4: Then, choose the preferred location to keep your download files on the store downloaded file.


Our article taught you how to download videos on your iPhone from various social media platforms and websites. There are many other reliable methods that we covered in the previous article. But the above are most reliable and general that cut across different platforms as long as you are using iPhone.

Proceed and select the best according to your preferences. Even if the methods seem daunting, following the above guides simplify things.