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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.

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.

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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).

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Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • 1
    Android Developer Dec 14, 2017 Link to comment

    go to play store and install this app after that you can easily download your friends photo from facebook and instagram
    use this Instagram and Facebook Video image Downloader from playstore

  • Prakash 1
    Prakash Nov 8, 2017 Link to comment

    I've found the easiest way. Just add "omg" before instagram on instagram link.

    Thank me later :)

    AYUSH BANSAL Apr 27, 2017 Link to comment

    You can use InstaDiary app on play store which has fast download speed as compared to instasave.

    Steps to save images and videos on instagram using InstaDiary App

    1.) Go to Play Store and Install InstaDiary app

    2.) Open InstaDiary app

    3.)Press home button and open Instagram App

    4.) Find image that you want to download

    5.) Click on Menu button (three dots)

    6.) Copy Share URL

    7.) Image/Video downloaded to your gallery

  • Milan Shah 2
    Milan Shah Mar 10, 2017 Link to comment

    Download Instagram multiple photos or videos with Downloader

  • 1
    Ghaffar Mallah Mar 3, 2017 Link to comment

    Here is the simple and to the point tutorial of how to download instagram videos and images.
    youtube. com/ watch?v=uFfktSkh8yc

  • Jordan Mccain 1
    Jordan Mccain Nov 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Usefull tool to download original size pictures from instagram

  • Meow Lee 1
    Meow Lee Sep 29, 2016 Link to comment

    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 1
    App Pack Jul 3, 2016 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

  • 1
    Noel Smith Apr 28, 2016 Link to comment

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

  • Denis 1
    Denis Feb 1, 2016 Link to comment

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

  • skywalker_hit 1
    skywalker_hit Jan 12, 2016 Link to comment

    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.

  • 2
    SVM Jan 7, 2016 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...


  • 1
    Lisa Flex Dec 12, 2015 Link to comment

    dinsta is mine fav tool

  • 1
    Peter Bread Nov 15, 2015 Link to comment

    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!

  • 1
    이이주우운 Aug 6, 2015 Link to comment

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

  • 4
    Ashraf Morsal Jun 25, 2015 Link to comment

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

  • 1
    Abdul Hameed Jun 20, 2015 Link to comment

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

  • Markus K. 11
    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.

    Abdul Hameed

  • tony kennedy 1
    tony kennedy Jun 19, 2015 Link to comment

    Why not just take a screen shot of the picture?

  • 1
    Mohammad Saif Jun 18, 2015 Link to comment

    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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