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How to Backup Your Instagram Photos
How to Backup Your Instagram Photos
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If you’re looking to expand your Instagram presence, before you go to the best place to buy Instagram followers, you should first make sure you understand the various ways you can backup your Instagram photos. This way, you always have a record of what you posted.

1. Backing Up Your Instagram Account With an Online Tool

Android users can download InstaSave from the Google Play store, to instantly backup their Instagram photos and videos directly to their phone.

Once you download and install the app, open it it. Click the “On” button.

Open your Instagram account and choose the content you want to download. Click the button with the three dots on the upper right hand side, and tap “Copy Share URL” button. This will start downloading your photos and videos.

There’s also a web-based version of this as well, but it can take a bit more time since you will have to enter the URL of each individual photo and video you want to save from Instagram.

Other online tools you can use include:

IFTTT: You can use this to automate all kinds of tasks, such as backing up your email attachments, sharing posts from one social network to another, and so on. Sign up on the website or download the app on your phone and create an account. Create a recipe (or find one that’s already been created) to download your Instagram photos to your phone, or to automatically back them up to Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive.

Dsgn Instagram Importer: This is a WordPress plugin that allows you to import and backup your Instagram photos to your WordPress site. It includes a variety of options to give you control over the imported posts formatting and include support for WordPress custom post-types, custom post-formats, and custom taxonomies.

Download Gram: Open your Instagram account and choose the picture or video you want to download. Tap on the upper right hand side for options. Tap “copy share URL” and paste the URL into the Download Gram website. Click the download button and the photo or video will be saved either to your phone or your computer, depending on which device you used to access Download Gram.

IDrive: This is a cloud-based backup tool similar to OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Once you create an account, all you have to do is click the Instagram Backup tab. Enter your Instagram credentials so the two accounts are connected. Then, choose what you want to save – or backup the entire account. You can also use this to backup multiple Instagram accounts.

You can also use these tools to grab content from other users that you want to regram. We don’t think you should use it to steal content though, so make sure you’re always tagging the original Instagram poster in your caption so they get credit.

2. Download a Backup of Your Full Instagram Account

Facebook, Instagram’s Parent company, has made it possible for you to download photos and other account data for years now. The feature became recently available on Instagram too, likely to meet the EU GDPR data portability requirement. Though that requirement is only for Europe, Facebook/Instagram made the feature available worldwide.

The new feature in Instagram lets you see not only all of your data -photos, videos, comments and more – but allows you to download an entire backup of your Instagram account so you can even see the photos you’ve liked and more. It’s available for Android, iOS, and in your web browser (on your phone and on your desktop.)

It can take up to 48 hours to create the backup, depending on the size of your Instagram account. Even if you start the process on your smartphone, you must download the actual archive at your computer.

Photos are downloaded as JPGs. Videos are downloaded as Mp4s, and the rest of your data is downloaded as a JSON format, which is a machine readable format best viewed in your web browser.

First, you request your data, either through the Instagram app, your phone’s web browser, or your computer’s browser. From the app you’ll visit your profile tap, then either tap the cog icon on iOS or the three dots on Android to view the options page. Then, tap “Account Data” and “View All” next to any items you want to see more information about.

If you want to actually download your backup, you’ll have to choose “Data Download” instead from the Options list, and then “Request Download” that appears. On the next screen, you’ll see your automatically filled email address where the account data should be sent. Tap “Next”, then enter your password and tap “Request Download” to complete the request process.

Once you get the email, you’ll be able to download the data. From your phone, you’ll be redirected to your Instagram app, then from there you’ll be directed to the default web browser on your device. At that point, you’ll have to login to Instagram again, but once you’re signed in, tap “Download Data” to get the files.

If you get an error on your phone that the page isn’t available, you’ll need to download the .zip file on your computer. This is likely the better place to store your backup anyway.

Bear in mind the link Instagram gives you to download your data will only work for four days from the time you receive it. If you forget to download it in that time, you will have to start the process again by going back to request the data and then waiting for the email.

Now that you know how to backup your Instagram photos, you never have to worry about losing them again – and you can easily repurpose them for use on other social media platforms.

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About the Author

Morgan Brown
Morgan Brown is a social media marketing expert, who has grown Instagram pages to millions of followers for some of the largest brands on the platform. He's also a social media consultant to Kylie Cosmetics and Disney. His agency, Brown Creative, primarily focuses on building full-scale social media campaigns that focus on fan loyalty, as well as cross-platform advertisements.

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