Save the Viral Tweets: How to Download Twitter Videos (2024)

You may not think of Twitter as synonymous with video. It's all a bunch of pithy text, right? Not quite: 2 billion videos are viewed on the service every day, according to Twitter. A lot of that is advertising, of course, but it’s come a long way from that old-school, 140-character limit.

Whether Elon Musk is forced to buy Twitter or not, the service probably isn’t going away in the near future and video use on the platform will only increase.

You've probably seen a video on Twitter that you wanted to save to view offline, much like you can on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok.You have your reasons; we trust you to not violate anyone’s copyright or Twitter’s Terms of Service. So here's how to download those clips.

The problem with Twitter is, unlike with pictures, you can’t simply right-click (on the desktop) or long-press (in the mobile apps) to save vids you see on Twitter. You have to employ third-party software or apps, helper websites, or browser extensions to get what you want. As a bonus, these steps usually work for downloading animated GIFs from Twitter, as well.

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The first step is to get the video’s address. You’ll need that URL to paste in and start the download process in most cases. Right-click on the Twitter video itself and select Copy Video Address, which captures the same URL you get by clicking on the tweet itself. That’s what you’ll be pasting into the software or helper sites below.

Desktop Software

The most powerful tools for getting video downloads from the internet, including Twitter, tend to be dedicated desktop software. They’re especially useful if you are doing a lot of video downloading in bulk, but to avoid restrictions you’ll probably have to pay for it.

Among the best that works with Twitter is VideoProc Converter ($25.95 for 1 year/3 PCs to start; Windows or macOS). It's also one of our top picks for downloading from YouTube—if you pay for it, it works with over 1,000 sites that show video. Once you paste in the URL to “analyze,” you can capture a video, a GIF, or even a live from Twitter in MP4 or other formats.

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You might assume that other previously recommended video downloaders, like our favorite for YouTube called 4K Video Downloader, would also get video from Twitter. Yet 4KVD does not. So check the specs or try a free version with Twitter video URLs before you buy desktop software. Other programs that say they support Twitter video include Videoder and SnapDownloader.

Helper Sites

Websites that make it a breeze to download videos abound. They also easily become a playground full of annoying advertising traps—buttons in the ads that look like you’ll be getting a downloaded video, but that’s not the download the ads provide. Be careful where you click on helper sites.

A select few cater specifically to Twitter video downloads. The cleanest appears to be Downloader4twitter.com, which doesn’t have any ads.

SaveTweetVid has a relatively clean interface despite the ads, and it has a few extras in addition to saving video—it offers a QR code on the download page to scan with your mobile device to finish the download on your phone or tablet, plus a button that sends the highest-end version of the video directly to Dropbox. Some, but not all, video downloads on SaveTweetVid also come up with an option to download directly to MP3 audio-only.

Other decent-looking helper sites you can try include TWSaver, SSSTwitter, and TWDown.net (companion to the champion Facebook video downloader, FDown.net).

Beyond the ad traps, keep in mind that these sites come and go like the wind. Don’t be surprised if the links above stop working overnight. On the upside, they grab videos directly from Twitter’s servers, so you get them unadulterated with no watermarks. Helper sites also have the added feature of working quite well on mobile devices. More on that below.

Browser Extensions

If you hate the idea of cutting and pasting an entire URL, then a browser extension that sticks the download options into your toolbar, or on the page itself, might be the way to go. In fact, many of the sites above, like SSSTwitter, have a companion extension, usually for the Chrome browser.

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The Chrome Web Store is littered with extensions, many with middling ratings from very few users, which doesn’t exactly engender trust. The one extension we can recommend—we’ve done it before for YouTube downloaders—is Video DownloadHelper. It not only downloads from multiple sites, it also offers extensions for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.

Mobile Options

You might want a Twitter video to save straight to your photo collection on your phone or tablet. As we mentioned, the easy way to do that is to use a helper website like those above. To get the video URL however, you need to get the tweet you want, and find the Share button underneath—it looks like a box with an arrow shooting out the top. Select Copy Link. Then you’ll have something to paste into the helper site you open in the mobile browser.

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On iOS, with the sandboxing the operating system does between apps, the downloads don’t always save properly. It's a security feature, not a bug. Try installing a file management app to save to, like Documents. You can also try to paste the URL into the app AnySave.

One cool way to download on iOS is to use the Shortcuts app. You’ll have to install a shortcut code on it to make this work. Visit tvdl.app on your Safari browser and click the Get the Shortcut button to get the code. Give it permission to appear in your sharesheet—that is the page that pops up whenever you click a Share button in iOS. After that, click that Share button under any video in the mobile version of Twitter and it will take you through multiple steps, including options for downloading the video in different sizes. (It may also ask you to open PayPal to make a donation).

Say yes to everything (except the donation if you’re not ready to pony up cash) and the video goes to your Photos app (camera roll). Be aware, it may not look like it’s there because the shortcut downloads the video with its creation date intact. You may have to search through the photos/videos to find it. Keep the shortcut updated as they're released or it may stop working.

On Android, of course, things are easier. The helper download websites should work fine. There are also actual apps for downloading videos from Twitter, like the aptly named Downloader for Twitter (of which there are several copycats). Like with the helper websites, cut and paste the video or animated GIF’s URL. Like the websites, even an app this highly rated is utterly ad-riddled and confusing. But at least it's free.

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Save the Viral Tweets: How to Download Twitter Videos (2024)

FAQs

Save the Viral Tweets: How to Download Twitter Videos? ›

To do this, click on the "Share" button below the video and then select "Copy Link" or "Copy Link to Tweet" depending on your device. Now paste the Twitter video URL into the search box and click on 'Load video from URL. ' Finally, click on the download button and wait for the video to be processed.

Is there a way to download Twitter videos? ›

Open Twitter and locate the Tweet with the video you want to save. Right-click on the video and click “copy video address.” In a new tab, open Twitter Video Downloader or SaveTweetVid. Once you've opened either of those pages, paste the link you copied into the text box.

Why can't I download Twitter videos anymore? ›

Why Can Twitter Videos Not Be Downloaded Directly? Usually, If you can't download a video online, it's often because of copyright policies. But with Twitter videos, there's no built-in save option, so you need to use third-party tools to download them.

What is the best Twitter video downloader? ›

Best Free Twitter Video Downloaders in 2021
  1. Twitter Video Downloader. ...
  2. SaveTweetVid. ...
  3. Download-Twitter-Videos. ...
  4. Jihosoft 4K Video Downloader. ...
  5. TWSaver. ...
  6. GetMyTweet. ...
  7. GetfVid. ...
  8. Twitter Video Downloader (Android)
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How to download Twitter broadcast videos? ›

What are the steps to download Twitter videos online?
  1. Install the Savefrom.net helper extension and download Twitter videos directly.
  2. Visit SaveFrom.net, paste the video URL, and start the download.
  3. Prefix the video URL with “sfrom.net/” or “savefrom.net/” in the address bar.

Is it legal to download a video from Twitter? ›

Downloading Twitter videos for personal use is often acceptable, but redistributing or using them for commercial purposes without permission can infringe on copyright laws.

What is the Twitter app that saves videos? ›

Twitsave is a powerful online Twitter Video Downloader. It is the perfect tool to save videos from Twitter. Our website allows users to easily download videos from Twitter with just a few simple clicks. With our intuitive user interface, you can instantly download all your favorite videos from Twitter in MP4 format.

How do I download a video from Twitter that is not available in my region? ›

If you're having trouble with the video unavailable in your country, you're encountering a geo-restriction. You can overcome geo-blocks with a VPN, which will change your IP to the required country and enable you to access the video. To do that: Get a VPN.

How do I download all videos from one Twitter post? ›

If you want to download a tweet with more than one video, just put the link into Twitter Vid and it will list all the available videos for you to download. Unlike most other Twitter Video Downloader tools, Twitter Vid has the option to download multiple videos from a single tweet.

Is TwitterVideoDownloader.com safe? ›

Yes. It is safe to download Twitter video from TwitterVideoDownloader.com. It doesn't carry any virus or malware.

How do I download deleted videos from Twitter? ›

Click “Your account.” Click “Download an archive of your data.” Tap on the “Download archive” option and then, “Request archive.” Twitter might ask you to confirm your download by re-entering your profile password.

What is the best video render for Twitter? ›

Recommended:
  • Recommended Video Codec: H264 High Profile.
  • Recommended Frame Rates: 30 FPS, 60 FPS.
  • Recommended Video Resolution: 1280x720 (landscape), 720x1280 (portrait), 720x720 (square)
  • Recommended Minimum Video Bitrate: 5,000 kbps.
  • Recommended Minimum Audio Bitrate: 128 kbps.
  • Recommended Audio Codec: AAC LC.

What is a WFDownloader? ›

WFDownloader App is a smart batch downloading application specifically created to make batch/bulk downloading easier and it's free.

Is it possible to download Twitter videos? ›

Click on the video tweet and copy its URL. Go to Twitter Video Downloader and paste the copied URL into the box. Right-click the download button next to the resolution. Choose the file size and quality and click save the video.

How can I download protected videos from Twitter? ›

Option 1. Download with a Professional Video Downloader
  1. Open EaseUS Video Downloader and choose your preferred format and quality.
  2. Copy the Twitter link, and click "Paste Link." Then the download process for the Twitter video start.
  3. Wait for the download to complete.

What is the shortcut to download a video from Twitter? ›

How to download Twitter videos on Android. The Play Store has a useful app called TwiTake. Once installed, copy the link for any X video and paste it in TwiTake. The app will download the video, and you can press the Share icon to save it to your photo gallery or send it to any other apps.

How to download video from Twitter DM? ›

Open Twitter and click on Messages in the left-hand sidebar, and then select the DM that has the video you want to download. Click on the Video Downloader PLUS icon in your URL bar. Chrome and Opera (and most browsers) store extensions in the URL bar near the top of the window.

How do I download all videos from a Twitter thread? ›

Navigate to the Twitter video downloader: TwitterVid.com. Paste the Tweet link in the "Tweet URL" field. Tap "Load Videos" Pick the quality you want and tap the "Download" button.

How do I download Twitter videos to Windows? ›

Steps to download Twitter/X Video as MP4 video format:
  1. Navigate to Twitter and find the video you want to save.
  2. Open the tweet containing the video.
  3. Copy the tweet's URL from your browser.
  4. Visit SaveTweetVid.Paste the tweet URL into the input box.
  5. Click on the "Download" button.
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