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How to download videos from Twitter

 How to download videos from Twitter
How to download videos from Twitter

Twitter is a great source for content, but it's not easy to figure out how to download videos from Twitter.

The simple answer is you can't directly download via the app or website in the same way you can download images, but it is possible through third-party apps and services. The method is slightly different depending on what device you're using, so we've broken our guide into sections for desktop, iOS and Android.

Since Elon Musk acquired Twitter, he's made quite a few significant changes - including how the Twitter API works for developers, so some older solutions are no longer available. As of writing, the methods we've detailed below are all functional.

Steps for how to download videos from Twitter

  • Open the Tweet with the video you want to download in the app or desktop

  • Click the share button and copy the link (desktop) or share it to your Twitter download app/shortcut (Android/iOS)

  • Download your video

Step by step guide - Twitter for desktop

1. Get a link to the Tweet's URL

Screengrab showing a Tweet open in Google Chrome, highlighting the URL address bar
Screengrab showing a Tweet open in Google Chrome, highlighting the URL address bar

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Open the Tweet you would like to download a video from in your browser and highlight and copy the URL in the address bar.

2. Open an online video downloader

Screengrab showing Twitter Video Downloader with a URL ready for downloading
Screengrab showing Twitter Video Downloader with a URL ready for downloading

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There are lots of Twitter video downloaders out there, but we tend to use Twitter Video Downloader, Twitsave or SaveTweetVid. Please note these are third-party services users should leverage at their own risk.

Head to your chosen downloader and paste in the Tweet URL from the last step. Then, click 'Download'

3. Download your video

Screengrab showing a Tweet open in Google Chrome, highlighting the URL address bar
Screengrab showing a Tweet open in Google Chrome, highlighting the URL address bar

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A page will open with your download at different resolutions, including 720p, 480p, and 320p. Click the 'Download' button corresponding to the version you're interested in.

It'll either directly download or take you to a new page playing the video, depending on which site you use. If the latter, either click the three dots in the bottom right of the video player and select 'Download', or right-click the video and select 'Save video as...'

Some sites like SaveTweetVid also offer alternative download methods; if you scroll down to the end of the page there, you'll find a QR code that allows you to download directly onto a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet.


Step by step guide - Twitter for iOS

1. Download the Twitter Video Download shortcut

iPhone showing the Twitter video download shortcut being installed
iPhone showing the Twitter video download shortcut being installed

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This method will be using iOS' Shortcuts feature, so you'll need an up-to-date iPhone running iOS 16.3 or above and have the Shortcuts app downloaded.

Then, open this link to download the Twitter Video Download shortcut and click 'add to shortcuts'. Please note this is a third-party shortcut users should leverage at their own risk.

2. Share the video to the TVDL shortcut

iPhone showing how to share the Twitter video to the Twitter Video Download shortcut
iPhone showing how to share the Twitter video to the Twitter Video Download shortcut

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Head to the Twitter app and find the Tweet with the video you want to download. Tap the share button (the tray with an arrow pointing out of it in the bottom right-hand side of the Tweet and then press 'Share via'.

Your iPhone or iPad's share menu will pop up - scroll down until you see TVDL  - tap this.

3. Choose your video's quality

iPhone showing pop-down menu from TVDL shortcut for video quality
iPhone showing pop-down menu from TVDL shortcut for video quality

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If it's your first time using the shortcut, it will ask you for a few permissions - allow these. Then, it'll ask what quality you'd like for your video. Choose from High, Medium or Low and your video will start downloading. After a few short minutes, depending on the video size, you'll see the clip appear in your Photos app.

Step by step guide - Twitter for Android

1. Download the Download Twitter Videos app

Android phone showing a pop-up to Download the Download Twitter Videos app
Android phone showing a pop-up to Download the Download Twitter Videos app

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For Android devices, your easiest option is using the Download Twitter Videos app. Head to the Play Store app and search for Download Twitter Videos.

2. Open Twitter and share the video you want to download

Android phone showing a pop-up for sharing a video from Twitter to the Download Twitter Videos app
Android phone showing a pop-up for sharing a video from Twitter to the Download Twitter Videos app

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Once the app is installed, find the Tweet you want to download video from, then tap the share icon, then Download Twitter. Select the version you want to install, and it'll begin to download.