Instagram seems to be fed up with creators creating their videos on Reels and then going to TikTok and posting them there. While using Reels this week, when trying to download an edited clip to an iPhone, it was discovered that the audio from the clip was no longer included in the downloaded clip . This means that if you want to export the footage from Reels for use in another application, you must first publish the Reels to save the audio.
Towards the end of July, it was possible to download the clip with audio and use it in a separate application (for example, TikTok) without previously publishing it. Audio was not included in the downloaded clip on all three iPhones in testing, but it was still possible to export audio with Instagram on Android. Instagram has made no statement as to whether this is a glitch or an intentional change .
Users Prefer Instagram Over TikTok’s Tools
Speaking of experience, TikTok’s in-app tools aren’t particularly useful for more advanced editing. TikTok doesn’t let you use some filters when starting with images taken outside of the app, and it doesn’t let you download unfinished or unwatermarked clips .
To overcome this, TikTok users can switch to Instagram, which has similar features to Reels. For example, you can use Instagram’s green screen effect for editing, which is more flexible than TikTok’s version, and then download that clip and send it to TikTok. This trick is used by creators both as a way to bypass TikTok’s dreaded editing tool and as a way to exploit video features and filters only available on Instagram . Or at least it used to be.
While all these steps made producing content a bit more time-consuming for creators, relying on downloaded Instagram clips was one of the easiest ways to create more dynamic TikTok videos when using filters . Now, if Instagram does not have the opportunity to download clips with sound, users will not be able to move content between applications.