How To Save Instagram Photos

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Instagram is a wonderful social media platform that we all like for sharing content and finding new and exciting visual content from others. Like all social platforms, Instagram content can be short and fast-moving, so understanding how to download or save photos and posts is a really valuable experience to learn.

Whether you want to save your own Instagram photo, either for safekeeping or to share it on some other platform, or you want to download content you see from others, here’s the comprehensive guide to how to keep Instagram photos.


How to save Instagram photos 

Instagram makes it quite easy for you to save photos, filter and edited in the Instagram app to your phone’s photo library.

Open the Instagram app, and go to your profile by tapping the person-shaped icon at the foot of your screen.


Then, tap the three horizontal lines menu icon at the top right of your screen.


After the menu appears as a pop-up, select to go into “Settings,” it’s the first option at the top of the list. After that click on the “Account” option, then lastly hit up the “Original Photos” option which will show if you’re using an iOS device. Android users will see the choice for “Original Posts”.


The Instagram app now gives you the option to automatically save down your Instagram photos. Hit the blue toggle to “Save Original Photos/Posts.”

Now that this option is turned on, every photo you post on Instagram will also be saved to your phone’s photo library.


How to save Instagram photos of others

It’s easy to save any Instagram photo or video to a private area of your Instagram app so that you can watch them later. It’s worth noting as well that when you save a post from some other person, whether they follow you or not, they will not be able to tell that you’ve saved it.

To save a post, tap the bookmark icon that appears below it. This will add the post to your generic “Saved” folder.

Alternatively, if you want to save a post to a certain collection within your private saved area, tap and hold the bookmark icon. This brings up a pop-up of the Instagram collections you’ve already created, as well as give you the option to create a new collection. This is done by tapping the “plus” symbol.

Now, to see the picture or video you’ve saved and the collections you’ve created, go to your profile by clicking on the person-shaped icon, then tap the “Saved” option that seems in the pop-up menu. This will reveal to you all your saved content.

As we’ve stated already, only you can see what you’ve saved, and the collections that you’ve created, and other Instagram users will not know you have saved down their content.


How to download Instagram photos using your desktop browser

Because of very valid copyright issues, Instagram does not let you download other users’ photos, either on a desktop browser or on an iOS or Android mobile device. However, there is a slightly sneaky workaround that makes it possible to do it on a desktop browser. Do not use this for evil.

To download any image on Instagram open the image in a fresh browser tab. (Note: If you’re trying to open without being logged into your own Instagram account, you’ll need to right-click on the image and select “Copy Link Address.”) Now land near the image and right-click your mouse or another input device. You will see a menu pop up. Select “View page source.”

This will take you to the page source code up in a separate browser tab. Scroll down through the code, or use your browser’s “Find” tool, until you see the first .jpg link you come to.

Copy the URL text that shows up between the two speech, or quotation marks. Paste this URL into another fresh browser tab. Once the image has loaded you can right-click to download it to your computer as you would a standard photograph on the internet.

This guide should mean you now know how to save your own Instagram photos to your phone, as well as save Instagram content from your friends and from pages and people. This will help you save all the designs and recipes you like on Instagram.

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