download twitter videos

Video is the hot medium on the Internet. Everyone is getting in on it, even me. Thanks to cameras being on all smartphones now, even your mother are getting in on the action. Businesses are posting videos to put a public face on their company and brand. It’s a brave new world.

There are so many types of video to make on the Internet. You can live-stream a video in real time or you can simply upload something you made with a camera phone. Quite a lot of these videos are instantly forgettable though, but what about when you find that one video you MUST keep?

With photos, it is a simple case of right-clicking and saving, but with videos, there’s another couple of steps involved.

Download Twitter Videos Without Needing Software

If you look online, you will find all manner of snake oil salesmen offering expensive software to download Twitter videos. But the reality is, you don’t need software at all, and you needn’t spend a penny either.

One video series I enjoy on Twitter is Burned Your Tweet. This is where someone has made a robot which prints out each Donald Trump tweet, as the President puts them out. Then the robot burns it. Every one is filmed and uploaded to Twitter.

Yes I know, what can I say? I like mindless entertainment sometimes.

Now what if I wanted to download these videos to my computer for offline viewing? Easy.

Step 1 : Click On The Twitter Timestamp

The first step is to click on the timestamp next to the tweet, showing when it went out.

This then opens the tweet up in its own URL and in its own box.

Step 2 : Go Mobile

Now go to the URL bar and after the https://, type mobile or m. This will open up the mobile version of that page.

Step 3 : Play & Download

At that point, you are still not going to be able to download. You first need to play the video a little bit, maybe just five seconds or so. But even though you’ve only watched 5 seconds, the rest of the video will have loaded in the browser.

NOW right-click on the video and you will see the option “Download Video“.

Click on that, and you will be prompted where you want to download the video. All done!

Two other ways of downloading it are :

  • When right-clicking the video, choose the option “Open Video In New Tab”. Then right-click from that page. But honestly it is not much different from the first method.
  • Click the downwards arrow in the bottom right-hand corner of the video (the arrow with a horizontal line underneath it). This is also a download link.

If You Must Use Something Else…..

Although the above method is extremely easy, you may be a bit weird, and will want to use some kind of an app instead.

As I said before, don’t pay for software. But there are a few websites that will download Twitter videos for you for free.

TubeOffline

I use this quite a lot for the sheer number of video services it covers. Twitter is one of them.

You should be careful though because they often have pictures of busty bikini models on this site. So don’t access this site at work. You should also be aware that TubeOffline is THE place to go to download online videos from porn websites. Not that I would know anything about that of course.

But TubeOffline also covers a huge number of non-adult video services. The Twitter option just needs the URL of the tweet, what format you want it in (MP4, FLV, AVI, etc), and what quality you want. Then let it do its thing.

When I tried it for this article, the site was temporarily down for maintenance. But I have tried it before, and it worked perfectly. Overall, the site has an excellent track record. Just watch out for Suki from Japan who wants to love you long time.

Video DownloadHelper (Firefox)

If you use the Firefox browser, one method to download Twitter videos is to use a browser extension called Video DownloadHelper.

Simply put the URL of the video tweet into the URL bar and play it. Video DownloadHelper will detect the location of the video and provide a download link for you to click on.

Two Other Web-Based Downloaders

Two others which did very well, and produced download links within seconds were Twitter Video Downloader, and DreDown.

Conclusion

Despite many companies trying to convince you that you need to pay for everything on the net, you CAN do it for free.

Do you download Twitter videos via another means? If so, let us know in the comments which one you use.

Mark O'Neill
Freelance journalist and editor living in Würzburg, Germany. Former Managing Editor of makeuseof.com (2007-2013), and contributing writer for other sites such as PC World and Quiet Light Brokerage. Specializing in online security and privacy issues.