How to download Twitter videos on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Written By Marcus Reviewed By How-to iPad iPhone Mac 6 Min Read

Key Takeaways

  • Twitter offers a built-in feature to download videos, but it only works on iPhones or iPads and requires a Twitter Blue subscription.
  • Downloading Twitter videos using the Shortcut app works on iPhone or iPad, but you have to install the a-Shell application.
  • The best way to download Twitter videos is by using online tools, here we’ve used Twitter Video Downloader.

Have you ever stumbled upon an interesting X (Twitter) video you want to download for later? Although Twitter lets you share videos, downloading them to your iPhone or iPad can be a bit tricky. However, in this guide, I’ve listed four easy ways to download Twitter videos on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

1. Using Twitter’s built-in download feature

Users who have subscribed to Twitter (X) Blue can use a built-in feature to download Twitter videos directly onto their devices in just four simple steps.

Note: This method only works with the Twitter app on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Open the X app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find a video you want to download and play it in fullscreen.
  3. Tap the three-dot icon located in the top-right corner.
  4. Select Download Video to save the video to your iPhone or iPad.


2. Using the Shortcuts app on iPhone or iPad

Let’s suppose you frequently download videos from Twitter on your iPhone, or iPad but don’t want to pay the recurring charges of a Twitter Blue subscription. Then, you can use the DTwitter utility in the Shortcuts app to save videos from Twitter on your device.

Note: You can only use this method with the Shortcut app on iPhone or iPad and you must Allow Untrusted Shortcuts in the Settings app on your device.

  1. From your Apple device, visit DTwitter’s shortcut page on Routinehub.
  2. Tap Get Shortcut → Set up ShortcutSkip Setup.

  3. Download a-Shell from the App Store.
    (It’s a dependency used by DTwitter shortcut.)
  4. Open the X app on your iPhone or iPad.
  5. Find a video you want to download.
  6. Tap the Share button → Select Share via.

  7. Select DTwitter from the Share sheet → Tap AllowAlways Allow.
    (These prompts won’t appear again after you tap Always Allow.)

  8. Select the preferred video quality → Tap Always Allow.


3. Save Twitter videos using online tools

You can also use several free online tools, like Twitter Videos Downloader, to download Twitter videos. To download the video, all you need to do is copy the video’s link and paste it into a text field.

Moreover, you also get to choose the resolution of the video you’re downloading.

  1. Open the Twitter (X) app.
  2. Find a video you want to download.
  3. Select the Share button → Pick Copy Link.

  4. Open Safari or any web browser → Visit Twitter Video Downloader.
  5. Paste the copied video link into the text input field → Select Download.
  6. Select the quality of video you want to download → Choose Download.

  7. Select the blue download icon in the address bar → Choose Downloads.

  8. Open the downloaded video file → Select the Share iconSave Video.


Note: This method works for iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Above, I have demonstrated the steps for iPhone. The steps for Mac are similar. Just copy the tweet link → Go to Twitter Video Downloader → Paste the link → Hit Download → Choose your preferred video format, and you’re done!

4. Using the screen recorder on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

Even though the methods listed earlier can also be useful, they require you to follow a series of extra steps. So, the quickest way you can save Twitter videos on your device is by using the built-in screen recorder on your iPhone/iPad or using the built-in screen recorder on your Mac.

Although this method works, you might want to take your time to edit the video and remove the stuff that you don’t want to be included in the video.

Wrapping up…

There you have it, folks! With these methods at your fingertips, downloading Twitter videos on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac has never been easier! Whether you’re curating a huge library of memes and cat videos to share with your friends or fueling your creative ventures, these methods should help you.

If you found this guide helpful, we would love to know which method you prefer to download Twitter videos on your device in the comments section.

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By Marcus Content Editor
Marcus is a freelance tech writer/editor with a focus on succinctly explaining consumer devices and their software. His previous work has been published on MakeUseOf where he covered everything from iOS to Git and UI design.
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