As announced earlier, Twitter is shutting down its looping video app Vine. Its transferring its functionality to an app called Vine Camera, which will still allow users to record six-second videos and post them to Twitter or save them to their devices’ camera rolls.
Sadly, iOS doesn’t make it easy to download these videos. But there are ways to get around that.
How to save vines to your camera roll
Vine made 6-second looping videos the new trend on the Internet, and some of those Vines were downright hilarious. Millions of people used the platform to capture moments, build comedy careers, or just have a little fun. But now that Vine is closing up shop, many users are wondering what happens to all their content. Fortunately, Twitter has promised to keep the site up for archival purposes as long as it exists, but it’s probably best to get ahead of the game and save all your favorite Vine videos sooner rather than later. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do so—including using a republication service like Giphy.
But what if you want to save a video directly to your camera roll? Well, there’s no easy way to do it natively in the app, but there are a few third-party tools that can help. The easiest option is vDownloader, which allows you to download Vine videos by hitting the Share button in the app and selecting vDownloadr from the list of supported sharing apps. The only downside is that the app doesn’t allow you to select which quality you’d like to download, so you might end up with a bunch of grainy vids taking up all your space on your device.
Another option is Repostly, which also allows you to download Instagram photos and videos to your camera roll. But you’ll have to pay for the premium version of the app (starting at $0.99, 79p or AU$1.49) to use this feature. If you don’t mind shelling out the cash, there’s also an iOS app called Video Downloader for Vine that asks you to log in with your Vine account and then lets you save videos—including those sent to you via private messages—directly to your camera roll.
To make this work, you’ll need to have the latest version of the official Vine app and enable developer mode. Once you’ve done this, you’ll see a small icon next to the ellipsis in the lower-right corner of each video that’s an option to “Save Video”. Tap this and the app will automatically save the video to your Camera Roll for offline viewing.
How to save vines to your phone
Vine, the short-form video creation service that was acquired by Twitter last year, is set to go dark tonight. The site’s official blog has confirmed the service will cease to exist at midnight ET, and with it all of your dumb videos. If you’re not prepared to see them vanish into the internet ether, read on for an easy workaround to save your favorite Vines as videos or GIFs.
Depending on your mobile device, there are two ways to download your Vine videos to your phone or tablet: through the app itself, or by using a third party app. The former will only save your videos as MP4 files, and won’t preserve any of the comments, likes or views that may have accompanied your video, while the latter will save all of your video content, including those sent to you via private messages.
If you’re on an iPhone, the best option is a $0.99 (79p or AU$1.49) app called “Video Downloader for Vine.” This will let you sign into your Vine account and save videos — including those sent to you through private messages — directly to your Camera Roll. The downside, however, is that this will consume a significant amount of your phone’s storage space.
For Android users, vDownloadr is a simple and free option. To use it, simply copy the link to the Vine you want to save and paste it into the vDownloadr app. Once you’ve completed this, the app will prompt you to select a location for your file (we recommend Internal storage), and from there it will download the video to your phone.
Once your download is complete, you can view the video at any time by opening the app and tapping the ellipsis icon beneath each video to reveal an option not normally present in the unmodified version of the Vine app: “Save Video”. The resulting MP4 file will be saved to your camera roll as well as your Photos library, so that you’ll be able to watch the videos offline whenever you like.
This is a simple, effective and free way to ensure your Vines are safe for posterity when the day comes to shut down Vine. If you have any other tips or workarounds for saving Vine content, be sure to share them in the comments below.
How to save vines to GIPHY
When Twitter announced that it was shuttering Vine, the looping video platform had many users scrambling to save their content. While the company promised that users would still be able to access their Vines, it wasn’t clear how exactly they would go about doing so. Fortunately, GIF creator Giphy has come to the rescue with a new tool that will allow Vine users to transfer their videos to the service.
The new tool, called Giphy Loves Vine, will convert your Vine videos into GIFs and save them to your device’s camera roll or to a public folder on your Giphy account. The process is easy and straightforward, and you can find the tool by visiting Giphy’s website and logging in with your Vine user name. Once you have logged in, you will be prompted to select either a download link to email yourself or a download button to save the videos directly to your device.
Once the videos have been saved to your camera roll, you will be able to view them on any device that supports the format. If you want to use the videos in a creative project, you can also export them as high-resolution files. The app is available for free on both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
Those who don’t have a jailbroken iOS device can save their Vines to the web using a different tool from Giphy, which will convert them into animated GIFs and make them available for anyone to search and share. However, this method isn’t as seamless as using a republication service and requires that you log in with your Giphy account.
Regardless of which method you choose to use, it’s important to remember that Vine is closing down because the company wants to focus on its Snapchat efforts. While the platform will still exist in the form of a shell app called Vine Camera, it won’t be able to offer the same features that made the original app popular. As such, it’s a good idea to start saving your favorite vines now, as they will be gone forever soon.
How to save vines to your computer
Last year Twitter announced that Vine, its short-form video creation service and app, would be shutting down. Today is the last day to save your Vines, which will soon disappear into the ether and be replaced with Vine Camera, a stripped-down version of the app that only lets you create six-second looping videos for direct posting on Twitter or saving to your device. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways to save your beloved Vines for posterity and to ensure you don’t lose them forever.
If you’re an iOS user, you can use a jailbreak tweak to automatically save Vine videos directly to your Camera Roll. The tweak is called Vine Downloader and can be downloaded from the Cydia repository for free. Once installed, you’ll see a new option in your Settings to enable the feature. Once enabled, you’ll be able to select a Vine from your feed, a popular vine or one received via private message and have it instantly saved to your Camera Roll. The app also supports searching and offers an easy-to-use interface. However, the app doesn’t offer any options to choose a download size or quality, meaning you could quickly fill up your phone with grainy Vine vids.
You can also download your Vine videos to your computer using a variety of websites that have been built specifically for the purpose. Many of them are free, though some require a fee to access. Our go-to site for downloading YouTube videos, ClipConverter, works great for Vine videos as well. Simply paste the Vine link into the site and select a file size and format (MP4 works best). Click Start! and your video will begin downloading immediately.
If youre an Android user, you can download your Vines to GIPHY, a website that allows you to convert videos into animated GIFs. The process is relatively straightforward and only takes a few seconds. All you need to do is open the site, search for a particular video, and then click on the Download button. The video will then be saved to your device, allowing you to view it offline.