You can only save Reels of public accounts which allow reel downloads.
Previously, Instagram rolled out a downloadable Reels in the US which allows users to download content from public Instagram accounts. This component goes worldwide. In the past, the Reels function only allowed users to post them on public profile stories or direct messages and also on their private storage within the app. Now, through this update all users worldwide can freely download and put it on other platforms.
Adam Mosseri via his Broadcast revealed the new features that permit users to download Reels from public accounts into their mobile camera rolls. He pointed out that these saved Reels will have a watermark that includes an Instagram handle of a creator. Since this characteristic is still being released to all users, it may take some days before you can get access on your account.
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What is noteworthy however, is that public Instagram posts can turn off this Reels download function for their accounts. Disabling this option means that no one will be able to save Reels from those accounts to their galleries. Nonetheless, viewers are able to save these for future viewing within the Instagram app. You can also select three dots available at a Reel and save it to be accessed later on via Saved tab of Instagram.
If you have enabled downloads on your public account, you will be able to download these videos to your camera roll. To achieve this, click on the share button which resembles a paper airplane, the one next to the Reel that you want to download then hit the download button shown below the Reel. However, if your account is public and you want to deactivate the default download feature for your Reels, go to Profile > Settings and Privacy > Sharing and Remixes > Downloading Reels and toggle off the download button.
You can download Reel videos if a public account permits this. All that you have to do is to tap the share button (indicated with a paper airplane icon) of the Reel for which you would like to download and then click the Download option. On the other hand, if you supervise a public account and you would like to shut down the automatic download option for your Reels, go to Profile > Settings and Privacy > Sharing and Remixes > Downloading your Reels, and then disable the download button.
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