Social media platforms like Twitter have made it possible to easily share our lives with the world in a variety of forms, with video being one of the more compelling options. Unfortunately, it’s often not as simple to view those videos outside of the confines of the social media platform they were shared on. With Twitter in particular, if you are not content with sharing a link to the tweet in which the video was shared, you’re out of luck.
Or are you?
Twitter isn’t necessarily happy about it, but it turns out you can download videos from Twitter—you just need to use the right tools. Below we have three methods for downloading videos from Twitter. Granted, none of them are as straightforward as simply clicking “download” on a video, but since Twitter doesn’t provide that option, here we are. So, let’s dive in.
Use a Web Service
In terms of preparation, using a web service is probably the easiest way to go. All they require from you is the URL of the tweet containing the video you want to download. Once you’ve given them that, the service will go and retrieve the tweet, download the video, and present you with a link—multiple links in some cases.
These sites come and go, but at the time of writing, TWDOWN.net is an excellent choice. It’s free and will return a list of quality options to choose from, as well as an option to download the video as audio-only. It should be noted that the quality options are limited to what’s available. If the video was only uploaded in 240×240, that’s the best you’re going to get.
Use a Browser Extension
Using a browser extension requires a little more work up front but is more convenient through the actual download process. Extensions are essentially like small applications that live in your web browser, adding functionality to it.
Our pick for a browser extension is Twitter Video Downloader, which offers the ultimate in Twitter video downloading convenience by inserting a “Download” button under tweets that contain a video!
Use a Video Downloader App
Using a full-fat application is by far the most work to set up and the least convenient to use, but you do get more functionality. For example, 4K Video Downloader provides the ability to grab videos from several social media sites, including TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook. Simply open the app, copy the tweet URL in, and let it do its thing!
Is there a best method from these three? It depends on what you need. If you’re just downloading one video, a web service is probably the way to go, as you don’t need to install or set anything up. If you find yourself doing this regularly, a browser extension may be a better option. If you need more functionality, go with an app. And happy downloading!