Meta-owned Instagram is rolling out a new feature that allows users to download Reels posted by public accounts. This feature was previously available only to users in the US, but now it is being expanded to users globally.
“Today, we’re thrilled to announce that you can now save Reels from public accounts to your camera roll. Each downloaded Reel comes with a watermark showcasing the creator’s Instagram handle. Originally launched in the US earlier this year, this feature is now accessible worldwide,” announced Instagram Head Adam Mosseri through his Broadcast channel.
“To download a Reel, simply tap the Share icon and select Download. Public accounts retain the option to disable downloads, ensuring creators have control over the distribution of their content. If a particular Reel isn’t downloadable, don’t worry—just tap the three dots and Save it for later viewing within the app,” he added.
If an Instagram account is public, anyone can download and share Reels, unless they change the settings. By default, downloading is disabled for public accounts of users who are under 18, but they can still enable it. In contrast, private accounts come with more privacy, and no one can download their Reels unless they switch their account to public.
The new feature of downloading Reels is now rolling out to all Instagram users globally. This feature will make it easier and more convenient for users to save and share Instagram Reels.