Instagram is one of the most popular apps for sharing photos. But what happens when you want to download them? Maybe you took a picture with the app and didn’t save a copy on your phone, or maybe you deleted the original (or your phone was stolen) and the only copy is on the social network. For the same reason, it is always useful to know how to download instagram photos from any device.
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Instagram has a downloader tool that allows you to download all your data in one process, including photos. We’ll detail the official process, before explaining the other options, which include starring, using screenshots, and using third-party apps.
However, before you go too far, remember to respect other users: just because you can download an image doesn’t mean you should if it’s not yours. Some users may specifically share images to save as wallpaper, but if it’s unclear, it’s a good idea to ask. Instagram has a detailed summary of your copyright policy.
How to download all your information on Instagram
Instagram has a simple tool that allows you to download all your data (including photos) in simple steps. Next, we will guide you through the process.
Step 1– Sign in to Instagram in the web browser of your choice and go to your profile.
Step 2: Click the gear icon to the right of where it says Edit profile and select the tab Privacy & Security.
Step 3: You should now see a page that says account privacy on top. Scroll down to the bottom and you will see a header that says data downloadwith a link indicating request download. Do click in the link.
Step 4: you must enter your email and password to confirm your identity and where you want to receive the data. Once your identity has been confirmed, it’s just a matter of waiting.
You can also complete the download request using the app:
Step 1: Open the app and go to your profile.
Step 2: touch the icon Menu in the upper right corner, then choose Setting.
Step 3: touch Security > Download data.
Step 4: Type your email address and then tap the button request download. Then type your password and touch Following. then mark Ready.
Just like Facebook’s download tool, Instagram will automatically package all your information and send you a download link via email. Instagram says it could take more than 48 hours, but we’ve tried multiple times with multiple accounts and it’s never taken more than an hour or two. The download link will expire after four days, so be sure to use it before then.
How to highlight photos on Instagram
Downloading an image is not the only way to save it. If you want a quick way to find a photo later, but don’t need to physically store it on your phone, you can bookmark it. Instagram has the ability to organize saved posts, kind of like Pinterest boards.
With the bookmark function, you can save photos to remember them later, just like the images tagged with #foodporn in a folder of restaurants you’d like to try, or save those epic landscape photos in a folder of dream vacation ideas. This feature makes your favorite memories easily accessible but unlike downloading them, you can only access them from Instagram.
Step 1: Tap the bookmark icon on the right (which resembles a ribbon), located below the bottom right corner of the image. If you click on a post on the website version of Instagram, the bookmark icon will be on the right side of the screen and not below the image.
Step 2: The photo is already saved, but if you want to organize your saved Instagram photos, touch Save to collections. Write a name for the collection and mark Ready.
Step 3: To view, edit, or organize your saved Instagram photos, on the website navigate to your profile and tap the bookmark icon above your images. In the app, go to your profile, check the menu icon and select Saved.
How to Capture an Instagram Story
Since Instagram stories are displayed full screen, images shared through them can be turned into wallpapers for your phone. In fact, some photographers upload images for this purpose. But there is a trick to taking a clean screenshot of an Instagram story.
Step 1: When viewing an Instagram Story, information such as the username will appear overlaid. Simply tap and hold anywhere on the screen and these overlays will fade (this will also pause the story, giving you extra time to screenshot).
Step 2: With your finger on the screen, take a screenshot. This may require a bit of finger dexterity, but shouldn’t be too difficult. Here’s how to take a screenshot on iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones.
How to Save Instagram Photos on Windows and macOS
DonwloadGram requires no software download to run, which makes downloading photos from Instagram a little less risky, not to mention a lot easier. DownloadGram can be used on desktop as well as mobile devices.
In a computer:
Step 1: Navigate to Instagram in the web.
Step 2: Find the image you want to save. Click on the three ellipses (…) and then on Go to Publish.
Step 3: Copy the URL of the photo from the web address bar in your browser.
Step 4: go to the website of DownloadGram.
step 5: Enter the URL of the photo in the box with the automatically generated Instagram link.
Step 6: click the button Download. Then press Download image resulting to save your image.
On a mobile device:
Step 1: Open the Instagram app and locate the photo you want to download.
Step 2: Tap the three ellipses (…) icon and click copy link.
Step 3– Follow steps 4-6 in the instructions above, using a mobile web browser to paste the link into DownloadGram and tapping the download button.
Should you use an app to download photos from Instagram?
The Instagram app does not allow users to download individual photos. However, that hasn’t stopped third-party platforms from creating their own solutions. The question is, are these apps safe?
Instagram’s parent company Meta (ex-Facebook) has faced backlash over user data that was sold to a company for social media campaigns. This information was collected when users allowed third party applications to access their Facebook profiles.
Some of those downloaders may be safe, creating the app to earn money through annoying ads. However, many require you to sign in and allow the app to access your account information. Instead of exposing your account, it’s safer to download images using just the URL and an online web application or Instagram’s own data download tool.