Twitter is one of the biggest social media sites in the world. And like the others, it doesn’t allow users to download video content. However, if you really want to download Twitter videos, to simply watch again or re-share with friends, you totally can.
In this post, I’m going to show you two methods to save videos from Twitter to your iPhone. Without jailbreak/computer, you can get Twitter videos directly to the Camera Roll by using the first method. The second method can be used if you have a computer nearby or maybe you prefer to store videos on your computer, to avoid running out of iPhone storage space.
Method 1: How to save Twitter videos on iPhone
Previously, I did write a tutorial on how to download Youtube videos on iPhone. If you’ve checked it out, then we’re basically going to use the same method.
We’re going to install an app named Documents. Why do we need this app? – Let me explain its functionality and how you can take advantage of it.
As the app’s description on the App Store, Documents is an “essential app for every iPhone and iPad that serves as a bridge between local files and any cloud storage, with the ability to download files using built-in browser“.
The difference between the built-in browser of this app with other browsers like Safari or Chrome is that it allows you to save files directly from URLs. For example, if a URL to a video is http://example.com/file_name.mp4, just enter this URL into Documents’ browser and it’ll act as a video downloader app allowing you to save the file. But if you open the URL in Safari, it just plays the video and there is no download option available.
The file manager of the app will then let you copy and move the downloaded videos to the Camera Roll. Here’s the complete tutorial on how to save any files (not only Twitter videos) using the Documents app.
Step 1: Download Documents here (free)
Step 2: Launch the Twitter app, find the tweet with the video you want to download. Next, tap on the drop-down arrow icon at the top right of the tweet and select “Share Tweet via”. When the share sheet shows up, select “Copy Link to Tweet”.
Step 3: Now open the Documents app. You’ll see a small icon that looks like the Safari icon located in the bottom-right corner. Tap on that icon to launch the built-in browser and go to http://twittervideodownloader.com.
Step 4: Paste the URL to the tweet and hit the Download button. Wait for the site to reload and generate download links. Once done, tap on Download Video to download it.
Step 5: Change the video name and the folder that will store the video if you want (The default folder is Downloads). Tap Done to start downloading the file. When the video is saved successfully, the app will notify you, go to the predefined folder to find it.
Step 6: (Optional) Move the video to Camera Roll: Switch to the file manager and select the folder that contains the video. If you haven’t changed it then the default folder is Downloads.
To move the video to Camera Roll, tap and hold its icon then drag it up to top left corner (where it says “Drag here”). Keep holding until the view switches to the folders screen. Drag the icon to Photos, keep holding to open this folder, then drag it to All Photos and now release your finger.
Now you’re done downloading the Twitter video. Go to the Photos app and enjoy it! I’ve tried to describe as detailed as possible :D, if you still have problems, you can watch the video below or leave a comment in this post.
You might find this method a bit complicated 😀 But it seems that this is the only method available at the present time. Hopefully, developers will work on this issue and provide us with a new handy method in the future.
Related post: Save GIFs From Twitter on iPhone, Android, PC
Method 2: Save Twitter videos using your computer
Using your computer is less time-consuming than the first method. Just in a few clicks…
Step 1: Open the web browser on your computer, go to Twitter and find the video you want to download.
Step 2: Click on the three dots icon and select Copy link to Tweet. Press Ctrl + C to grab the URL to the Tweet in the pop-up.
If it’s on Vine, just click through to the Vine website and right-click on the video in your browser and select Save video… (or a similar option). The file will then be stored on your hard drive as an MP4 file.
Step 3: Go to http://twittervideodownloader.com/ Paste the URL that you’ve copied and hit Download
Step 4: Wait for the website to get the download link. Once completed, click on “Download” button to start your download. Or right click and “Save Link As” to download.
Step 5: Now you’ve downloaded videos successfully to your computer. It’s time to sync them to your device. In this step, you can use iTunes or any tool that allows you to transfer files between the computer and your iPhone.
⊕ Tip: You can repeat these steps to download Twitter videos to Android devices as well. Android has an open filesystem so saving files will be as easy as on a computer.
[Option 2] Use Chrome extensions
If you often have to download videos not only from Twitter but from many other media websites like Youtube, DailyMotion, Vimeo or Facebook,… I recommend you to install a helper add-on/extension on your web browser. Currently, I’m using Google Chrome as my main browser and have an extension named Free Video Downloader HD installed. It works just fine!
After adding the extension, click on its icon on the extension bar (on the right of the address field). And then click “Plugins” to do configuration. It will open a new tab and allow you to select plugins.
From here, you can turn on the plugin for Twitter only. If you want to download videos from other sources such as Youtube, Vimeo embedded in Tweets, then enable plugins for these sites too.
That’s ok. Now each time you open a Tweet containing a video, the extension icon will inform you about the video download link. Just click on it and click the Download button.
If your preferred browser is FireFox, you can try the add-on named Video DownloadHelper.