Twitter is shutting down the Vine app -- the 6-second videos will remain as they are, but not forever...
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The company will be discontinuing the mobile app in the coming months -- which likely means that it will no longer be available on the App Store or Google Play -- but the app, website and any Vines you've uploaded will remain intact and accessible for the time being.
There's no word on how long that may be, however, and we can guarantee you it won't be forever. Twitter says it will notify users before it makes any changes to the app or the website, which means that there will be changes...eventually.
In other words, it's a good idea to grab your favorite Vine videos from the service before it shuts down completely.
Here's the easiest (free) way to do that:
The easiest way to download Vines to your computer is to use a web browser: Google Chrome (Windows and Mac),
and Internet Explorer 11 will all let you save Vine videos directly to your computer.
Navigate to the Vine you want to save on the vine.co website. Right-click the video and choose Save video as... from the dropdown menu.
Name the video and save it as an MP4 file.
If you want to download Vines directly to your phone or tablet, you have a few options. You can, for example, go through the elaborate process of recording your screen (and the video in question) using the Vine app, and then simply not uploading that video to your stream.
Or, if you have an iPhone, you shell out $0.99, 79p or AU$1.49 for the Video Downloader for Vine iOS app, which asks you to sign into your Vine account and lets you save videos -- including videos sent to you through private messages -- directly to your Camera Roll.