In today’s day and age, Instagram has millions of users, who have uploaded millions of pictures in the past and continue to upload even more, making it the most popular photo sharing app. There might be times when you would like to save a photo to open it later at your convenience. For now, Instagram does allow you to ‘like’ or ‘bookmark’ a picture for later. These photos can be revisited within Instagram later, however, there is no method offered by Instagram that allows you to save photos to your laptop or smartphone from Instagram.
There might be pictures of you that are uploaded to Instagram but are not saved on your device. Or maybe it is someone else that posted a picture of you, and you would like to set it as your profile picture on WhatsApp. Whatever the case is, worry not, as there are certain ways to save photos from Instagram. But before we get started with the steps, we would encourage you to respect other people’s space and privacy. Just because you have the ability to download someone else’s picture, does not mean that you should. Otherwise, feel free to use this method to download pictures.
The European Union’s General Data Protection (GDPR) privacy law, came into effect on the 25th of May, 2018. These rules primarily affected Facebook, however, Instagram, being owned by Facebook, was also affected by the law. This law was essentially designed to give users more control over their own data.
Here is how you can download all your pictures in the web version of the app using your laptop:
Step 1 – Go to www.instagram.com
Step 2 – Click on the gear icon right next to the Edit Profile option
Step 3 – Click on Privacy and Security
Step 4 – Scroll down and you will find ‘Request Download’
Step 5 – If your email id does not appear on its own, type it in and click on ‘Next’
Step 6 – Enter your password and click ‘Request download’
Step 7 – Look for the email sent by Instagram and open it
Step 8 – Click on ‘Download Data’
Step 9 – Enter your Instagram account information and log in
Step 10 – You will find multiple download links there. Click on all the download links individually
Step 11 – Right-click on a folder and click on ‘Extract All’. Repeat this for all the folders.
Step 12 – Go through all the folders to find all your photos, videos and stories. (Ignore the JSON files)
After you have completed doing all these steps, Instagram will create a will on its own, including all the photos, videos and Stories that you have shared. An email will be sent to you with the link to this folder so that it can be downloaded. Depending on how much data there is to download, the entire process can even take up to 48 hours to download.
This is a great way to back all your Instagram photos, videos and Stories up in case your account gets deleted due to some reason. This feature enables you to recover photos that are uploaded on Instagram but were deleted from your phone due to some reason easily. It is not a surprise that Instagram got this feature as Facebook has been allowing its users to download their data for users.
If this method does not suit you, there are also plenty of third party apps that allow you to do the same thing. One such website that allows you to do so is called ‘DownloadGram’. Unlike the official method, it can be used on both desktop computers as well as mobile devices. This is how you can use the website to download pictures.
For the Desktop version
1. Open www.instagram.com
2. Open the picture you want to save
3. Click on ‘…’ and then ‘go to post’
4. Copy the post’s URL from the address bar on your browser
5. Open www.downloadgram.com
6. Enter the copied URL into the box with the auto-generated Instagram link
7. Click on the ‘download’ button -> Click on ‘download picture’ to save your image
For the Mobile version
1. Open the Instagram app on your smartphone and open the post that you want to download
2. Tap on the ‘…’ and click on ‘copy link’
3. Follow the steps 4-6 from the ‘For the Desktop version’ section, to download the selected post
You have both the methods at your disposal however, it is better to use the one provided by Instagram itself as it enables you to download all your photos, videos and stories all at once instead of individually downloading one post at a time.