Instagram will finally let you download Reels, with the same flaw as TikTok

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Another feature that has been emphasized for a long time. Last June, Instagram began testing the possibility of downloading Reels. It’s an option users have been hoping to see, especially on TikTok, which has been offering it for a while now. Therefore, it has been almost 6 months since the social network rolled out this functionality globally. Instagram head Adam Mosseri confirmed that all users will now be able to download Reels this Wednesday.

To do this, simply press the button sharingthen select the option download. Note, however, that creators will have the option to disable downloads of their Reels. In this case, the option will not appear on your smartphone. If you want to prevent your Reels from being downloaded you need to go to: Settings & Privacy > Sharing & Remixing then uncheck the relevant option.

Instagram finally lets you download Reels, but it’s not perfect

This, of course, is excellent news for users who will no longer have to go through a third-party app to get their hands on the Reels of their choice. However, not everything is rosy as you will have to expect some limitations and flaws in functionality. Let’s start with the most annoying: Just like TikTok, downloaded Reels will be given a watermark with the creator’s nickname.

If we can congratulate this initiative on the part of the creator, which will prevent the theft of his content, it is clear that the videos will lose quality due to this visual addition, which is not always necessary. Another overlooked point: Reels containing copyrighted music (the vast majority of videos) cannot be downloaded with audio. We think a silent video would be better than nothing.

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