Last Updated on January 10, 2023 by James McAllister

By: James McAllister


Are you looking to save a TikTok video, but the save button is missing?

TikTok allows creators to block downloading of their videos, which causes the save button to disappear. That being said, there are still plenty of ways you can download them anyway.

In this article, we’ll cover several different methods to save TikTok videos that cannot otherwise be saved. That way, you can choose the method that works best for you.

Without any further ado, let’s look over each of them in detail!

1. Screen Record

TikTok Logo

I should mention that this isn’t always the best way to do it. However, the easiest and most simple method to save a video on TikTok without a download button is to screen record it.

Most phones and tablets have screen recording functionality built into them. Often times, this can be accessed in just a few moments.

For example, on iPhone and iPad, all you’ve got to do is pull up the control center, tap on the screen recording button, and then record the TikTok video.

Then, stop recording when the TikTok video has been completed.

Currently, TikTok does not send any notification when TikToks are screen recorded, even if the original poster disabled downloads on their videos.

However, because you’ll have to cut and trim the video (adding a few extra steps), it can take a bit more time.

Plus, you have to watch the whole video in order to capture it. Since TikTok now allows videos up to 10 minutes in length, this can be a problem.

Thankfully, there’s a better option available.

2. Use A Downloader Site

Your second option is to use a site that’s specifically designed to download TikTok videos.

One example includes, which even let’s you download the video without any sort of watermark or branding!

All you’ve got to do is copy a link to the TikTok by tapping on the share button, and tapping on ‘Copy Link.’ Then, paste it into a downloader site and let it run.

A few moments later, the video will be ready to download.

Not only can videos be downloaded without a watermark, but there are a few other benefits as well.

First of all, these websites pull the video directly from TikTok’s server. This means that you get the raw video, exactly as it was uploaded, in its highest possible picture quality.

You won’t have to deal with the comment or like button being present over the video and blocking any of the content.

Secondly, this can be done even faster than screen recording, because you don’t actually have to watch the entire video to download it.

This can lead to massive time savings, especially if you have a lot of videos that you want to download!

Note that if you want to scrape someone’s entire TikTok profile, I recommend using a tool that’s designed for this – such as JDownloader.

3. Record With Another Camera

Finally, your last option is record the video using another camera – for example, another phone.

Simply point it at the device that has the TikTok video loaded, and record it that way.

This one is interesting. On one hand, it really isn’t necessary – TikTok does not send any sort of notification for screen recordings, so it makes sense to just use that if your device supports it.

After all, not only is it quicker, but it will lead to a higher quality picture as well.

On the other hand, if you’re extra paranoid, there is absolutely no way for anyone to know – not even TikTok themselves, if you record using an external device.

Because of this fact, this option also can never be taken away – regardless of any updates TikTok makes to prevent screen recording.

Therefore, you’ll always be able to rely on this as a way to save unsaveable videos on TikTok.

Be Mindful Of The Creator’s Wishes!

Although downloading a video is possible even if the option has been disabled, it’s still important to be mindful of the creator’s wishes.

If somebody has disabled downloading of their videos, there may be a good reason for it. Remember that many people have no idea that videos can still be downloaded, even if they choose the option to disallow downloads. It’s often best to respect their wishes.

At the very least, avoid resharing it with others, and never repost other people’s videos as your own.

If you are a creator yourself, remember that whatever you post on the internet may be around forever – so you should be mindful of what you post before you decide to share it.

TikTok will never be able to disable downloads completely, as some of these workarounds will always be available no matter what.


Although TikTok allows creators to prevent their videos from being saved, this restriction is not that effective.

Despite the fact that it removes the download button, there are still plenty of other ways to saved videos, even if the button is gone. Therefore, it only slows down – rather than stops anyone who may want to save it.

In this article, we’ve covered three different methods to save TikTok videos without the save option. However, just because something is possible doesn’t mean you should do it without thinking first.

If you must save a video that wasn’t supposed to be saved, respect the creator’s wishes and avoid resharing it.

Finally, if you have any other questions about saving TikTok videos, please ask them using the comment form below.

Wishing you the best,

– James McAllister

About the author 

James McAllister

James is the owner of He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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