I have the app Photos on my iPad mini, on iOS 7.

I am viewing a stream shared by a friend.

When I am on a photo, I can save it to my Camera Roll.

But, when I am on a video, I cannot save it to my Camera Roll. The feature is missing.

1) How can I save a video to my Camera Roll ?

I want preferably a solution that do not need a computer.

2) Bonus question : Why has Apple limited this feature to photos ?

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    This is also missing in iOS 8.1.2 on my iPhone.. Just tried, there is no obvious way to manipulate (save/share/etc) a shared vid. Neither the "Edit" or forward buttons that opens the functionality for a pic is present on the screen.
    – Tyson
    Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 4:04
  • Have you tried to do this via icloud.com and download it from there? Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 9:38
  • I cannot answer due to lack of reputation, but in addition to bmike's solution, there is another (imperfect) workaround, which is to open the icloud link on a desktop (e.g. macbook) and the video will automatically download. Then you can do whatever you want with it (e.g. airdrop to your iPhone's camera roll)
    – stevec
    Commented Jul 28, 2019 at 7:16

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Apple doesn't have a solution on iOS to accomplish this. I've not found any third party app from the App Store that will read the shared stream videos or receive a paste event (you can copy the video from Photos app on iOS, but pasting it anywhere seems to not work for me on iOS 8.x)

I use iPhoto on OS X to view the shared video and then import them into my library. From there, I can get the videos onto iOS. Not exactly your preferred solution, but it works well enough for me.


Copy the video and paste it in an iMessage to yourself.

  • The peoblem with this solution is iMessage videos are limited in duration, AND down-sampled.
    – user11633
    Commented Jul 22, 2017 at 22:40

Maybe have your friend email you the video or upload it to Dropbox or MEGA as private. Those websites allow you to download the videos

EDIT Those website allow you to download the videos NOT from the stock iOS Photos app but from the websites.

  • There are many, many ways for the friend to share the video in a way you can then use on iOS - but there's not a good way for an iOS app to pull it from the friend's stream directly.
    – bmike
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 16:14

There are now apps that can download these online videos directly into your camera roll. Most are free for basic functions and the ones that I have used include Video Download.

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    Can you name one?
    – Praxiteles
    Commented Jul 19, 2015 at 3:59

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