Tumblr is a popular microblogging platform and social networking website that allows internet users to share their thoughts via blogging, interesting pictures, gifs, and videos.
But who still uses Tumblr? Come on now! I’m kidding. According to an infographic from Adweek, it shows that Tumblr came last as one of the many social media that we still used in 2015. The report illustrates a total of 19.1 million while Instagram and Facebook are doing 3–4 times better. That’s still a lot of people.
The only downside of it is that there is not built-in functionality for iOS users to download videos from their Tumblr app. If you’re looking for a solution, you have came to the right place. In this post, we will show you 2 easy methods that any beginners can follow to save videos from the Tumblr app to their iPhone.
Assuming that you have a jailbroken device, there is a jailbreak tweak called Dwnldr that allows you to save any videos from Tumblr directly to your Camera Roll. You don’t even have to go through any third-party apps from the App Store.
Download Tumblr Videos using Dwnldr
- Open up Cydia and wait for it to reload all the repository and packages
- Go to the BigBoss repo and look for Dwnldr. You can also use the Search function to find it
- This is a paid Cydia tweak and so you must buy it for the Install option to be visible
- Once you purchased the package, tap on Install and Restart Springboard
After you go through the installation process, just open the official Tumblr app right away since there are no options to configure. Look for your favorite video, tap and hold on to it. A popup will appear asking whether you want to save the clip to the Camera Roll of your iPhone or Dwnldr Video Vault.
When choosing Camera Roll, you can quickly grab the video and upload it to other sites. The vault is there to help you store your videos inside the Tumblr app.
And that is how you can quickly download Tumblr videos onto your iPhone or iPad without third-party App Store apps. Not to mention, this tweak is compatible with the latest Tumblr version and iOS 9.
Save Tumblr Videos on a Computer
Don’t feel hopeless if you can’t perform the above steps just because your iOS device is not jailbroken. This second method will work on any iPhone and iPad, but require users to have access to a computer.
We will be using a site called DreDown which provide all kind of video downloaders for some of the most popular sources such as YouTube, Facebook, Soundcloud, and of course Tumblr.
The process is quite easy, and you can follow the steps below.
- Go on Tumblr and find the video you want to download
- Copy its URL and paste it here
- Once you obtain the video file (MP4 format), use iTunes or similar tool to import it into your iPhone
Hopefully, these tools will help increase the number of Tumblr users this year.
A fair warning
Keep in mind that downloading videos from Tumblr is not always safe because you can get into copyright issue especially when sharing those videos on other social networks. This is one of the many reasons why the app itself does not provide a built-in Download button.
As long as you know the materials that you are downloading has nothing to do with any of these “copyright” and legal stuff, then everything should be fine.