If you love sharing photos and videos on Instagram then you’ve probably given it a thought on how to download Instagram photos. That’s what we will help you with in this post. Have you ever tried downloading your filter-heavy Instagram photos on your phone? If you have then you’re well aware that the photo-sharing platform owned by Facebook doesn’t allow you to. While there’s no official way to download your Instagram photos or videos but there’s a hack that can help you. Instagram, the photo-sharing platform with over 500 million-plus daily active users, is increasingly becoming the go-to application for most internet users around the world. Serving the needs of both the individual and organisations, the platform is best suited for sharing media content such as images and videos.
What started off as being a clone of Snapchat, Instagram has now slowly risen to be larger than its rival in the US. While Instagram may have captured a larger chunk of the audience, Snapchat still has more users in the 12 to 24 age bracket. Apart from Google, Instagram possibly has the largest library of photos, and videos viewable by the general public on the internet. Considering that there is no option to download media content, we assume that Facebook-owned app is not particularly keen on sharing.
This article talks about the different ways you can download a photo or video from Instagram onto your smartphone. Before proceeding, we suggest our readers go through Instagram’s policy on intellectual property
How to download your Instagram photos and videos using Video Downloader
As the name suggests, copy the link to an Instagram post and paste it into the application. As an added benefit, when you click on ‘copy URL’ in the Instagram app, an automatic circular button for opening the photo/video in the Video Downloader for Instagram appears.
The app downloads both images and video onto your smartphone and downloaded content can also be easily reshared on Instagram or other social media apps like WhatsApp, Facebook.
Among the countless applications that claim to download Instagram photos and videos, Video Downloader for Instagram is rated 4.8 on the Google Play Store.
Our decision to go with the application was solely on the app’s rating, and the 10 million download mark it has achieved. We browsed through the permissions required to run the app and did not spot anything untoward. However, we suggest an individual user try out the app for themselves before taking a decision.
Downloading Instagram images via InstantSave
If the above application does not work for any particular reason, users may also try InstantSave. Mind you there are several other apps with similar sounding names, and we suggest users search for the one published by ‘Wartechwick’.
Similar to Video Downloader for Instagram, to download media, simply copy the link to the post, and open the InstantSave app. Users get the option to download, share to social media, and event set the image as a Home Screen wallpaper. Owing to both the apps being available for free, they are infested with advertisements.
On a side note, we do not recommend using third-party applications that can log-into your Instagram account for safety concerns. As a downside, you will only be able to download photos/videos from public profiles and not private ones.
For those who are more concerned about saving their own photos/videos taken on the Instagram camera app, one can enable the option to save a copy of the media content found in the Settings menu.
Word to the wise, Instagram now notifies users when a screenshot of an image/video sent via DM is taken and is also testing the feature for ‘Stories’, as well. If the sole purpose of downloading a post is for later viewing then Instagram also allows users to bookmark posts which appear under a ‘Saved’ posts tab in the profile section.
We advise our audience to use the above-mentioned apps with caution as a recent study has revealed that teenagers use social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to create a favourable online image, and for that, they make a careful selection of photos, activities and links that they share. Any violation of Instagram’s terms of policy by re-sharing images/videos will not only get a user banned but also may land them in trouble with the authorities.