How to download pictures from Instagram

If you are looking for inspiring photos online, Instagram is the place to be. From holiday moments and spots to stunning sunsets, all kinds of photos can be found on the app or website.

Have you ever been in a situation where you come across an interesting photo but you just cannot download it? Sometimes you even wonder whether the problem lies with your device or it is just impossible to download photos from this site.

Well, this article is going to address the said issues.

Why does Instagram not allow you to download photos directly from the app or site?

The main reason for this is because all Instagram photos are copyrighted. The developer assumes that the account holder owns the photos appearing in their account and therefore, has to give permission for any download to take place.

Do not worry. We shall guide you on how to use third party apps and websites to download pictures from Instagram safely.

We shall pay special focus on downloading to desktops, android devices and iPhones.

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Downloading by use of ‘DownloadGram’

This app is mainly meant for desktop computers.  It is an online service which is supported by a variety of browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera Mini and so on.

First and foremost, you open your browser and fire up Instagram. If you are not already logged in, log into your account.

Find the photo which you desire to download. Navigate to the post containing the particular photo and right click on the timestamp.

Depending on your browser, you copy the URL or copy link location (Mozilla Firefox) and go back to the DownloadGram tab and right-click on the “enter URL” bar and paste the URL.

You finally hit on the “Download” button. If necessary, you might have to click on the “Download” image button.

Your browser may request you to select where you wish to save your photo.

 For the desktop users, there is another method of downloading photos from Instagram.

Downloading by use of Google Chrome

First you open Google Chrome and launch the Instagram site. Then log in to your account if you had not done so.

Locate the picture that you wish to download and click on it to open it. You then right-click on the image and from the options provided, select “Inspect”.

A sidebar will appear and from the various tabs at the top of it, click on “Sources”. On the top left part of the bar, double-click on “scontent-sit-4-1.cdninstagram.com”. Several folder icons will appear.

Double-click on these icons and then click on the icons to the point that you see the preview of the image you want to download. You will see this preview at the top right section of the sidebar.

Right-click on the photo and select save. Finally select your preferred storage for the image and click on the save button.  

Downloading by use of InstaGet

This app is meant for iPhone users. Go to the App store and download the app onto your iPhone.

First of all you open the instaget app and then log in to your Instagram account. At the top left of your screen, tap on the button with three horizontal lines.

On the menu that appears, tap “Search” and then go to the account which contains the picture you want to download. To go to the desired account, you type in the username of that particular account and then hit on search.

The account you searched for will probably be at the top of the search results. Tap on the user’s account and this will open up their Instagram page.

Locate the photo that you want to download and tap on the “Download” arrow. Once the download process has finished, the arrow will turn blue.

Downloading by use of BatchSave

If you are using an Android device, then this method is just for you. It is necessary that you download the app from Google playstore onto your phone.

Open the BatchSave app by either tapping on the BatchSave app icon in your device’s app drawer or by tapping “Open” which is to the right of the Batchsave image.

You may skip the tutorial if you wish by tapping “Skip”. Log in to Instagram followed by tapping on the “Search” icon found at the bottom of the screen. This icon is in the form of a magnifying glass.

At the top of the screen, there is the “Search for users’ textbox” which you should tap on. You then enter the username of the account which has the photo you desire to download.

You then tap on the user’s profile, which is normally at the top of the search results. This would open the user’s profile page.

Find the photo that you want to download and then tap to open it.

Finally, you tap on the “Download” arrow which is found below the bottom-right corner of the photo.

This process will automatically download the photo into your gallery. Luckily for android users, there is another option for you.

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Downloading by use of FastSave

This method works for all android phones. You first download and install the app from Google playstore. Open the app on your phone followed by tapping on the toggle button as a way of starting the service. On the app’s screen, you will see the “Open Instagram” button, which you will tap on. It will then redirect you to Instagram.

Find the picture you want to download and then tap on the 3 dots at the top right of the image. A menu will be displayed and from the options displayed, tap on “Copy share URL”.

The application will automatically download and save the image on your device.

A downside to this method is that it does not apply to pictures from a private account.

Final Thoughts

We hope that this article will be of benefit anytime you need to download pictures from instagram. On your part, you should be careful how you use these photos which you have downloaded.

 Always get the necessary approval from the original owner of the photo.

Even better, always give credit where it is due!

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