How Do I Download My Vines Before The Site Goes Down? Here's How To Back Them Up, Just In Case

On October 27, Twitter announced that it would be shutting down Vine, its video-sharing app. If you’re a fan of Vine’s looping videos, you may be wondering (in between your sobs), “How do I download my Vines before the site closes?” Vine has a number of features for sharing Vines, but downloading your favorite ones to view when you’re offline (or when the Vine app shuts down) is a little bit trickier. But if you want to keep your favorite six-second videos of baby sloths forever, downloading them will be well worth the effort.

First things first: Don’t panic. Your personal Vines and your favorite Vines from others are not suddenly going to disappear. In a statement published on Medium, Twitter assured users, “Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines.” For now, Vines will stay up, and users will be informed of any upcoming changes to the Vine app or website.

But if you want to be extra careful not to lose your favorite videos, here’s what you need to know: You probably already have copies of your own Vines, as Vine saves them automatically to your Camera Roll when you share a video online.

There are a couple different ways you can save your favorite Vines: One method is to use the website “Vine Downloader” (h/t Popular Science ). It’s pretty simple; you just paste the URL of your Vine in the box at the center of the website, hit “Download,” and you’ll get a downloadable video file. (Heavy also suggests a few other similar websites, including Vine Video Download and KeepVid.) If you want to download Vines to your phone or tablet, Heavy says that you can buy the Video Downloader for Vine app, which costs $0.99.

Again, Twitter’s statement on Medium says that Vine will shutter in the “coming months,” so you don’t need to freak out that your Vines will all disappear immediately. But if makes you feel better to get a jump on saving your content, there’s nothing wrong with downloading your most beloved Vines now.

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