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Vimeo has a huge repository of some great videos, and the good thing is you can download these videos to your devices for offline use. We’ll show you exactly how to save Vimeo videos on your desktop and mobile devices.

What to Know Before Downloading Vimeo Videos

Keep in mind that, at least on desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook), you can’t download all the videos available on Vimeo. Only the videos that are uploaded by paid Vimeo users can be downloaded. This means, if someone has uploaded a video from their free Vimeo account, you can’t download that video. Vimeo’s mobile app (iPhone, iPad, or Android), however, will download any video from the site; it doesn’t have to come from a paid Vimeo user.

Another difference is that if you download a video on a desktop, you get a video file. On the other hand, if you download a video on mobile, you don’t get a video file. Instead, your video is saved in the Vimeo app, and you must use the app to access the saved videos, similar to downloading music on Spotify.

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How to Download Vimeo Videos on Desktop

On a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the Vimeo site to download videos.

Start by opening a web browser on your computer and launching the Vimeo site, then find the video you’d like to download. Click that video so it starts playing.

Scroll down the page and, beneath the video title, click the small “Download” button.

You’ll see a “Download” window. Here, select the quality in which you want to download your video. Then, next to that quality option, click “Download.”

Tip: The higher the quality, the larger the size of the video file will be.

Your desktop’s usual “save” window will open. In this window, select a folder to save your video in and save the video.

Select a folder to save the video in on a desktop.

And you’ve successfully saved a Vimeo video for offline use on your desktop. You can now play this downloaded video file, edit it, move it to your other devices, and do what you’d normally do with a video file.

How to Download Vimeo Videos on Mobile

To save Vimeo videos for offline use on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use the official Vimeo app.

Launch the Vimeo app on your phone and tap “Watch” at the bottom. Find the video you’d like to download and tap it so it starts playing.

On the video page, in the top-right corner, tap the three dots.

Tap the three dots at the top-right corner of a video in the Vimeo app.

From the three-dots menu, select “Make Available Offline.”

Select "Make Available Offline" from the three-dots menu for a video in the Vimeo app.

Vimeo will start downloading the selected video to your phone. Once it’s downloaded, you will find it in Watch > Offline section of the Vimeo app.

Select Watch > Offline in the Vimeo app.

The “Offline” section displays all your downloaded videos.

The "Offline" section in the Vimeo app.

And that’s how you use the official option to save videos from Vimeo to your desktop and mobile. Happy watching!

On a related note, did you know you can download videos from YouTube to your iPhone, iPad, and Android devices?

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