How to download photos from Instagram?

Instagram Is one of the most popular image sharing service. With its user base increasing by many folds each passing month, it has become the numero uno photo sharing platform. Are you looking for a method to download the images shared on Instagram? We will discuss a few methods on how to download images photos shared on Instagram in this article.

Instagram has been gaining popularity at a fast pace. It has around 400 million active users. It has been estimated that over 80 million photos are shared on the platform on a daily basis. Have you attempted to download an image saved on Instagram? Many of us have tried, but presumably been unlucky.
Can we download the shared photos from Instagram? Well, the straight answer would be a NO. Instagram does not allow you to download or save the images for offline viewing. And that's because the platform needs to protect the privacy rights of the user. It will not let the users download the images - let alone the images shared by other members, it will not let even you to save the images to your local storage even when they have been shared by you. However, there are a few workarounds that let you do that. So how will you download a photo shared on Instagram? That is exactly what we will address in the following paragraphs.

Download Instagram images on your PC

Well, the app in itself will not allow you do that. You will need to use the third party apps or web services to be able to save the photos from Instagram. One such trustworthy tool is Instaport.
Please note that the Instaport Web tool is in no way affiliated to Instagram. Like most of the apps or tools used for the purpose, this is also a third party service.

To use the Instaport service, you need to follow the below mentioned steps.
  • Visit on your preferred browser.
  • Login to the tool with your Instagram credentials.
  • Once you are successfully signed in, you will get the option to export the entire album, or a few selected ones.
  • Select the folder you would wish to save the images.

Please note that the albums are downloaded in the zip format. You will need to unzip the files and save as you would wish them to.

Download the shared images on your smartphone

Here again - as in the case of PC - we will need third party apps for the purpose. Let me stress here again that the none of these apps are affiliated to Instagram.
One of the popular apps available for Android is Instasave. You can download the app from Google play Store.

To use the app, log in to Instasave with your Instagram credentials. Once you are signed in successfully, the app will show the photo stream. Each of the image will have a Download button, which resembles a downward arrow. Tapping on it will save a copy of the image to your local storage. The app allows you to chose the location where you would wish to save the downloaded images.
You can use the app to search for your favourite users and/ or tags to search for a specific image.

Any other apps?

Well, you have quite good number of apps that help you download the Instagram images to your local storage. Another popular Android app is Photo Saver for Instagram. iOS users can use InstaGrab. You may use any other apps that are available on respective app stores. It would be advisable to check the reliability of the apps.

Anything to worry about?

As has been pointed out repeatedly throughout the article, all these are third party apps and have nothing to do officially with Instagram. All of these use Instagram Oauth to login to your Instagram profile. Though your password could be secure, the apps will have access to your entire photo stream. You cannot be sure of your privacy being secure.
There are also possibilities of the apps stopping working all of a sudden. Since these work on Oauth log in, a change in Instagram privacy policy may render the apps useless. There are instances of some rogue apps compromising your privacy, or even causing more damage. A case in point is the recent instance involving an app InstaAgent. The app was found to collect your credentials and send it to a remote server. It would be wiser to check for the permissions before using an app.

Any alternatives?

Not exactly alternative as it would not help you download the images shared by other members, yet Instagram app has a setting that lets you save a copy of the image to your local storage while you post it to the platform.

The feature is officially available via app settings both for Android and iOS users. Here is how you do it.
  • Launch the Instagram app.
  • Go to your profile.
  • Tap on Options.
  • Set the Save Original Photos to ON.

Once the setting is done, the images will get saved to the Instagram folder on your device. It may take a while before the images appear in your folder.

Final Say

So that ends our tour of a few workarounds to save the images shared on the Instagram. Hopefully, the list will help all those who have been looking forward to the ways to download the photos shared on the platform. If you find any other such helpful tips, please share them in the comments below.

Article by Timmappa Kamat
Timmappa Kamat is a technology enthusiast. He has an active interest in newer technological developments. He is fond of new gizmos & gadgets. He loves to share his knowledge through tech-savvy websites as a freelancer. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, he is equally interested in blogging, with his own blog. He wants to carve a name for himself in blogging arena one day! If you need any clarifications about his articles,please respond here below or get in touch with him through his profile.

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