How to Download Pictures from Instagram ?

The platform of Instagram has gained new popularity amongst the users. It has come up a long way from being a simple photo-sharing platform to one that can create talents and careers. Yes, you heard it right!

With the features of stories, live videos, reels, and many others, now you can reach out to the target audience more rigorously. Adding up further to it, now you can also download pictures from it to your respective devices. Read further to know about this in detail.

Reasons to download the pictures on Instragram

When it comes to downloading the pictures from Instagram, you can have any of the following reasons:

  • Recover the perfect snap clicked on a lost or damaged device.
  • Retrieve the photo that has been deleted accidentally.
  • Downloading the post from someone’s profile that you adore.
  • Saving up the photo clicked from the in-app camera of Instagram.

But a fair warning! In case if you are downloading the pictures from someone else’s profile, ensure that you take due permission to them and give them credits in case of re-sharing on some other platform. Maintain the basic etiquettes to prevent falling into the vicious traps.

Also do remember that the ways discussed below are the only official methods to download your pictures or images. The settings have been kept to ensure the required privacy on the platform.

Download Pictures from Instagram on PC / Desktop

Follow the steps given below to download/save the posts from your account on to a PC:

  1. Open up Instagram on the browser of the device.
  2. Login to the website and hit on the gear icon on the right side of the screen.
  3. Hit on Privacy and Security and move down to the option of Data Download.
  4. Click on Request Download and it would ask you to enter the email address where you would like the download link to be sent.
  5. Click on OK and the package would get processed within 48 hours.
  6. Download the zip file and unzip it at the required location on the device.

Ensure that you save up the stuff within 4 days of receiving the link. It is because the same expires after the given timeframe and you need to put up the request again.

Downloading with the help of source code

The above method allows you to download the entire feed of posts that have been uploaded by you. Let’s say that you want to go for only a specific image. In that case, you can use the source code of the image to save it up.

Go for the given steps to do so:

  1. Open up the image that you want to download on Instagram.
  2. Hit on right click and go for Open in a new window option.
  3. Right-click again on the image and click on ‘View Page Source’ or ‘Inspect Element’.
  4. Search for the line of code that contains the meta property of the image.
  5. Copy the code and paste it into the browser.
  6. You would be re-directed to the image only and then you can right-click to ‘Save Image As’.

You can also similarly download the videos.

Download Pictures from Instagram on your mobile

You can also download the images on your mobile devices. Go for the given steps to do so:

  1. Tap on the Profile Image at the bottom of the app to redirect to your profile.
  2. Hit on three bars at the top and then go for the Settings icon.
  3. Go to Account->Original Photos.
  4. Ensure that you turn on the toggle of Save Original Posts.

With this, every time that any new photo or video gets uploaded on Instagram, it also finds a space within the device gallery.

Taking up the simplest method : Bookmarking

The simplest of all of these methods is going for the bookmarking option. The benefit of it is that you can bookmark the posts easily, irrespective of following the account or not. It gets organized into particular folders that can be referred to in the future for inferences.

Hit on the bookmark icon present at the bottom right of every post that you come across on Instagram. The bookmarks can then be viewed by going to the option of Saved in the profile settings.

Alternatively, you can also add the photos to your collection by hitting on ‘Save to Collection’ at the bottom left of the post. It would prompt you to name the folder and save up the posts conveniently.

With this, we conclude on our take of saving up Instagram photos. Ask up your queries in the comments section and don’t forget to hit on like share and subscribe. Till then, stay safe and healthy!


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