How To Download and Save Video Clips From Discord Servers

Discord has become one of the most popular communication platforms, with over 150 million active monthly users. Its text and voice chat capabilities make it easy to connect with friends and communities. Discord also allows users to share images, GIFs, and videos in chat channels.

If you come across a funny or interesting video in a Discord channel that you want to save for later, you have several options to download the video clip directly from the app. Here is a step-by-step guide on the different methods to download and save videos from Discord on desktop, mobile, and using third-party tools.

Downloading Videos on Desktop

Downloading videos on the Discord desktop app is straightforward:

  1. Launch the Discord app and navigate to the text or voice channel containing the video you want to save.
  2. Hover your mouse over the video thumbnail and click the download icon that appears in the upper-right corner (it looks like a downward pointing arrow). Discord video download icon
  3. This will automatically save the video file to your computer’s downloads folder.

That’s all there is to it! The video clip will now be available on your computer for offline viewing even if it gets deleted from the Discord channel later on.

Downloading Videos on Mobile

Saving Discord videos on your phone is just as easy:

  1. Open the Discord mobile app and navigate to the channel with the video.
  2. Tap on the video thumbnail to open the clip in full-screen mode.
  3. In the top-right corner, tap the download icon (it looks like a downward arrow inside a circle). Discord mobile video download
  4. The video file will be saved to your phone’s local storage for later viewing in your photo gallery or media apps.

Alternatives to Download Discord Videos

In some cases, the built-in Discord tools may not work to download videos. Here are a few alternative options:

Use Discord Bots

Discord bots like Cobalt allow you to download videos from any server by sending a command. After adding Cobalt to your server, type !download {video URL} to save a video.

Other popular download bots include Ripcord, Assistant, and MEE6. Check their documentation for exact usage instructions.

Copy Video Link to Browser

Every Discord video has a direct link associated with it. You can try copying this link and pasting it into a new browser tab to download the video.

To get the link, right-click the video thumbnail and select Copy Link Address (on mobile, tap and hold the thumbnail and tap Copy Link).

Then paste this URL into your browser’s address bar and press enter to open the direct video file. If prompted, choose to download the video to your device.

Use Screen Recording Software

If other methods fail, use screen recording software to capture Discord videos playing on your desktop or phone screen. Popular options include:

  • OBS Studio: Free and open source screen recorder for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Quicktime: Built-in screen recorder for Mac OS.
  • AZ Screen Recorder: Simple Android screen recording app.

Make sure to follow platform guidelines and get permission before recording other users’ video streams.

Video Link Converters

Websites like Discord Media Downloader and allow converting Discord video links into downloadable media files.

Simply paste the video link, choose video format and quality, enter Captcha, and download. No account or software needed.

Compress Large Videos

Discord has an 8MB file size limit for uploads. Videos larger than 8MB cannot be uploaded. In such cases, use video compressor tools to reduce quality and shrink file size below 8MB before uploading.

Free online video compressors like Clideo, Online Converter, and FileZigZag make it easy to optimize and compress videos for Discord.

The above covers the main options I’ve found useful for downloading and saving video clips from Discord servers and channels. The direct in-app downloads work great when available. For tricky cases, Discord bots and third party tools open up more possibilities.

Let me know if you have any other questions!