Millions of users have uploaded tens of millions of photos to Instagram, making it the world’s most popular photo-sharing app. But what happens when you want to save your photos from Instagram? Perhaps you took a photo with the Instagram in-app camera and didn’t save a copy to your phone. Or, maybe you accidentally deleted the original photo (or — gasp — your phone was stolen) and the only copy you have left is the one you posted on Instagram.
Whatever the case is, until recently, the only option to download photos was to use third-party apps. No longer is that the case though. Instagram released a new downloader tool that lets you download all of your data — photos included — in a single process. To give you options, we’re going to run through Instagram’s official process of downloading your content before diving into the other options, which includes bookmarking, using screenshots, and using third-party apps.
Before you get too far though, remember to respect other users’ photos — just because you can download an image doesn’t mean you should if it isn’t yours. Some users may specifically share images meant to be saved as wallpaper, but if it’s not clear, it’s a good idea to ask before you download. Instagram has a detailed outline of its copyright policy.
How to download all of your information from Instagram
In the wake of Facebook’s ongoing privacy concerns, Instagram faced similar backlash for not offering a “Download Your Information” like Facebook has. To placate those concerned with what information Instagram has on them, the Facebook-owned social network released a tool that lets you download all of your data in a few simple steps. Below, we’ll walk you through the process.
Step 1: Log into Instagram in the web browser of your choice and go to your profile.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon that’s to the right of where it says “Edit Profile” and select the “Privacy and Security” tab.
Step 3: You should now be seeing a page that says “Account Privacy” on the top. If you see that, scroll down all the way to the bottom and you’ll see a header that says “Data Download,” with a link below it that says “Request Download.” Click that link.
Step 4: You will be prompted to enter your email and password to confirm who you are and where you want the data to be sent. Once your identity has been confirmed, it’s just a matter of waiting.
Much like Facebook’s download tool, Instagram will automatically package up all of your information and send you a download link via email. Instagram says it could take upwards of 48 hours, but we’ve tried it a few times with various accounts and it’s never taken more than an hour or two.
How to bookmark photos on Instagram
Downloading an image isn’t the only way to save it. If you want a quick way to find a photo later, but don’t need it physically stored on your phone, you can bookmark it in Instagram. Instagram recently added the ability to organize saved posts, a bit like Pinterest boards.
Using the bookmark feature, you can save photos to recall them later, like images tagged #foodporn into a folder of restaurants you’d like to try, or saving those epic landscape shots to a folder of dream vacation ideas. This feature makes your favorite grams easy to access, but unlike downloading them, you’ll only be able to access them within Instagram.
Step 1: Below the image you want to save, tap the bookmark icon on the right.
Step 2: The photo is now saved, but if you would like to organize your saved Instagram photos, tap the “Save to Collections” that pops up. Click the plus icon to create your own collection.
Step 3: To view, edit, or organize your Instagram saves, navigate to your profile and tap the bookmark icon above your images. From here, you can tap the plus icon to add new collections or move a saved photo to a new collection……..Read More>>