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Here's how to download Instagram photos

If your Instagram feed is as chock-full of amazing photography as mine is, then you've probably found yourself wondering how to download Instagram photos at some point. That's what we'll show you today: how to save Instagram photos from your stream and how to back up your own Instagram photos.

How to save photos on Instagram

The Instagram app doesn't automatically allow you to save photos (or even to zoom in, for that matter). We've already shown you how to zoom in on Instagram photos with just the Android system, but saving Instagram photos will require an app.

1. Download and install InstaSave via the button below.

InstaSave Install on Google Play

2. Open the app and sign in with your Instagram login details. Your stream will be reproduced as selectable icons, just like in your Gallery app.

3. Find the image you want to save (you can search for users with the Search magnifying glass icon).

4. Tap the Save button at the top right of the screen – which looks like a floppy disk.

5. You'll see the save location of the folder, which you can then explore through your Gallery app.

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InstaSave mirrors your Instagram feed with downloadable tiles. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to save your own photos on Instagram

If, at one point, you turned off Instagram's auto-save feature in a flurry of storage-saving madness, you might want to turn that option back on. If you've never poked around in the Instagram settings then you're probably safe and the app is auto-saving your uploaded photos to your device. But if you're not sure, it doesn't hurt to double check.

1. Open Instagram and go to your profile page at the far right.

2. Tap the overflow menu in the top right hand corner (the three dots).

3. Go down until you see the option for ''Save original photos'' and make sure the switch is flipped to the ''On'' position.

4. You can do the same for your videos too if you like. They'll be saved in a folder in your Gallery app.

AndroidPIT Instagram photo save settings
Make sure your own Instagram photos are automatically saved to your device. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to download your Instagram photos on PC

Say you've lost your phone and signed into Instagram on a new device. Maybe you'd like to download a copy of all of your Instagram photos to keep on your new phone? Or create an archive on your computer? That's easy to do as well, but you'll need to do it on a computer rather than via your phone.

1. Go to the Instaport site on your computer. 

2. Login with your Instagram credentials.

3. Choose whether you want to download all photos or just selected ones.

4. Save the images to your computer.

5. If you want them on your phone now, connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable and copy the files to your phone.

6. Save them in the Instagram folder in your Gallery/Photos (or wherever you would like to keep them).

Do you save your Instagram photos? Did you know you could download other peoples' photos?


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  • I found easy way to download Insta and Vine Video. Just paste link via: InstaDownloader .cf
    Step 1: Copy your video link from Instagram
    Step 2: Paste this link to Downloadbox
    Step 3: Get it by Right mouse click > Save Video As.
    Done !

  • App Pack 3 months ago Link to comment

    Due to new UI of instagram
    I had same doubt so i got a android app which save photo from instagram in one touch and it also take text within that image
    App is new but it is better to download

    Link to download cannot be posted on this forum

    So u type 'Deep Gosalia' which is developer name in play store and download Insta Image Saver

    Best thing it does not require any url
    Just one touch on button and it will save it

  • I've been using , best way to download to pc

  • Denis 8 months ago Link to comment

    iginone it's easiest to open and save images from IG as I think.

  • I think the best way is use InstaMe - Save for Instagram. It can download the original pictures and videos which is definitely better than screen shot and other apps I think.

  • SVM 9 months ago Link to comment

    I've been using DOWNLISTER.COM for quite some time. I don't want to download any app for that and I use it on both my phone and PC...

  • Lisa Flex 10 months ago Link to comment

    dinsta is mine fav tool

  • If you want to download it from your laptop, you can also use

    I logged in, went to my profile and downloaded all my pics in a zip file, quite fast and easy :) Hope it helps!

  • The easiest app to save Instagram photos & videos with just one touch.
    search google play. "Downloader for Instagram photo."

  • Wow! I'm wely enjoy the app you shard with us, thanks

  • Clearly the best App for saving Instagram photos. Only if it could let us download videos in Free version.

  • Markus K. Jun 19, 2015 Link to comment

    Or you can go the other way and use IFTTT. There are recipes to send instagram pics to dropbox/box/drive if you like them.

  • Why not just take a screen shot of the picture?

  • I tried a lot to solve the problem finally i go the soloution you only have to update your play store service from u r dextop and download the latest play store

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