Download Twitter Videos to iPhone and PC

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July 18, 2017

Want to save Twitter videos to your iPhone for watching offline? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Just read the entire post and I’m sure you don’t have to go anywhere else.

In this post, I’m going to show you two methods to save your favorite videos from Twitter to your iPhone. The first one reveals a tool for downloading videos using your computer and then you can sync them through iTunes. The second method doesn’t require using a computer, you can just use your device alone to save videos directly to the Camera Roll – but you’ll need to install an app (it’s available for free on the App Store).

Method 1: Save Twitter videos using your computer

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.

Download Twitter Videos using your computer

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

Download Twitter Videos using your computer

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 iPhone or iPad. With this step, you can use iTunes or any tool that allows you to sync files between the computer and the device.

Also read: How to save Instagram videos and photos to your Camera Roll

 

[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!

Configure the twitter download plugin

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.

Configure the twitter download plugin

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.

Method 2: Download Twitter videos to iPhone using third-party apps

Previously, I did write a tutorial on how to download Youtube videos on iPhone. If you’ve checked it out, then we’re literally going to use the same method.

We’re going to install an app named Documents 5. Why do we need this app? – Let me explain its functionality and how you can take advantage of using it.

As the app’s description on the App Store, Documents 5 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”.

Download Twitter videos using Documents 5

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 from their direct URLs. For example, if a URL to a video is http://example.com/file_name.mp4, you can easily download and save this video using the built-in browser of D5. If you open this URL in Safari, it just plays the video and there is no download option available.

The file manager of the app then lets you copy, move the downloaded videos to other folders or to the Camera Roll. So you got the idea of this method – Let’s see how to do that!

Step 1: Download Documents 5 [here]

Step 2: Launch the Twitter app, find the video you want to download, then tap and hold on it. When the Share Sheets show up, select Open in Safari to open the tweet in Safari. The purpose is to grab the URL to the tweet. So tap on the address bar and copy the URL, it’s something like this https://mobile.twitter.com/{username}/status/…

Open Twitter Videos in Safari

Copy Twitter Video URL

Step 3: Now open the Documents 5 app. You’ll see a small icon that looks like the Safari icon located at the bottom-right corner of the app interface. Tap on that icon to launch the built-in browser and go to http://twittervideodownloader.com/ – the website that we used in the previous part.

Download Twitter Videos iPhone

Step 4: Paste the URL to the tweet and hit the Download button. Once the video is ready, tap on Download video to download it.

Step 5: Change the video name and the folder that will save the video if you want (The default folder is Downloads). Once done, tap Done. The browser will then start to download the file and when it is saved successfully, the app will inform you so that you can find it in the Downloads folder.

Step 6: 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 the video 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.

Move Youtube videos to Camera Roll

Now you’re done. Go to the Photos app and enjoy your video!

Note that the tweet URL pattern used in method 1 is https://twitter.com/{username}/status/…, while the URL pattern used in method 2 is https://mobile.twitter.com/{username}/status/… If the website cannot get the download link for you, this is the reason.

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 topic and provide us with a new handy method in the future. If you know a better way to save videos from Twitter to Camera Roll, feel free to let us know by leaving a comment below!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Rassan March 31, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Bro, you’re awesome AF! Finally, I was able to find a real method for doing it. All the other methods are literally bs and don’t work. Thanks again!

    • Reply Daniel April 1, 2017 at 9:42 am

      You’re welcome. Glad I helped 😀

  • Reply James June 26, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Hmmm, what if the video has been deleted from the twitter site? Attempting to go to the video URL link is unsuccessful (its been removed), but it’s still loaded onto my phone.

    Is there no way to take it out of the twitter app memory (or wherever it’s stored in the iPhone) and add it to Movies library?

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