How to Download Videos from Instagram and Twitter Using Shortcuts in iOS 12

With the launch of iOS 12, many power users were excited about the new Shortcuts app as it allows them to automate tasks on iOS, something which was not natively possible before. One of the best things about Shortcuts is that you don’t have to learn to create your own shortcuts as you can download and install pre-created shortcuts to enjoy these features for yourself.

One of these pre-created shortcuts is the “Social Media Downloader” or SDM shortcut which allows users to download videos from social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. So, if this is something that interests you, here is how you can download videos from social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter using Shortcuts in iOS 12.

Download Videos from Instagram and Twitter

Now, before we begin this tutorial I would like to mention that you should never use someone else’s videos on your own social media platform without getting explicit consent from them. This shortcut is meant to be used to get your own data from these sites, or perhaps for educational purposes such as a class report or project, but please never use the feature to download copyrighted content or violate privacy. With that out of the way, let’s see how you can use this shortcut.

  1. First, download and install the Shortcuts app from App Store if you have not already done so.

2. Once you have installed the app, click on the link to download the social media downloader shortcut. To do that, first tap on the “Get Shortcut” button and then tap on “Open”.

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3. Now that you have the shortcut installed on your device, open either Twitter or Instagram on your phone. I will be using Twitter for this tutorial.

4. Let’s say you found a tweet with an embedded video. Tap on the share button and then select the “Share Tweet via…” option.

2 Shortcuts4. In the share menu, select Shortcuts. If it’s not showing in the share menu, tap on “More” and enable it.

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5. In the next page, select the “SDM” shortcut that we added. It will run through its steps so don’t worry if you see it working on its own. Once it has parsed the link, it will give you the video quality options. Pick the one you want to begin the download.

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That’s it, the video will be downloaded and added to your Photos app automatically. You can download any embedded video with this shortcut. Isn’t this a handy way of sharing videos to your WhatsApp group or watching them offline.

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Easily Download Social Media Videos on Your iPhone

The new Shortcuts app is pretty powerful. The one shortcut that I am showing here gives you just a glimpse of its capabilities If you would like to see more tutorials like this, comment below to let us know. Also, if you have any problems in making this work, ask your questions and we will be happy to help you.

comment Comments 9
  • Tushar kumar says:

    How to use it on Instagram

    • Rachit Agarwal says:

      It’s pretty simple. Find the video post you want to download and tap on the three-dot menu. Here, tap on Copy Link.

      Now, just open the Shortcuts app and tap on SDM shortcut. It will automatically parse the link and download the video to your photo roll.

  • Tushar kumar says:

    I can’t figure out how to use it on Instagram

  • Ram says:

    Unable to find sdm shortcut

    • Ram says:

      got it found my self but thanks for sharing the valuable information ????????

      • Sid says:

        Plzz share the link…where did u find it??

      • Rachit Agarwal says:

        The link in the article works perfectly fine. Have you tried it?

  • Utpal Dutta says:

    Please tell us more about this shortcut app and how it works and what else we can do with it

  • Ankit rana says:

    social media downloader is good app i appreciate it. thanks for developing such app. keep it up

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