How to get an image from instagram

How to download Instagram photos to your phone or PC

Are you wondering how to download Instagram photos? There’s no native option to download other peoples’ images from Instagram, so you’ll have to use third-party software or tricky solutions to get the job done. Here are a few methods to try on both Android and PC devices.

Read next: How to tweak your Instagram privacy settings


The simplest way to download Instagram photos is by taking a screenshot. You can do this by simultaneously pressing the Power and Volume Down buttons on the phone. You can also take screenshots on a Windows PC using the Snipping Tool app.


  • Save images on Instagram
  • Take a screenshot
  • DownloadGram
  • Fast Save for Instagram
  • Save-o-gram

Editor’s note: Instagram stops people from downloading images for a reason. These are intellectual property. Laws differ from place to place, but chances are it’s illegal to use them or keep them without permission. Be sure to research local laws before proceeding. We also recommend that you make sure whoever uploaded the image doesn’t mind you downloading it. 

Also: All instructions in this tutorial were put together using a Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 13 or a custom PC running Windows 11. Remember, some steps might differ depending on your hardware and software.

Try saving images on Instagram first

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If you just want to admire an Instagram photo whenever you please, you may not need to download it. Instagram has a built-in feature for creating a collection of your favorite Instagram posts. This makes it easy to bookmark images and enjoy them at will. The only downside to this is that the image will disappear from your saved images section if the author happens to delete the Instagram post. This is rarely the case, though.

How to save images on Instagram:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your phone, or the website on your computer.
  2. Find the post you want to save.
  3. Hit the bookmark icon in the bottom-right corner of the post.

Now you can view your saved posts by going to Instagram > Profile > Menu > Saved on Android, or Instagram > Profile > Saved on the official website.

Take a screenshot!

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This is not optimal, and the resolution won’t be great, but taking a screenshot is the easiest way to download images from Instagram. We have dedicated tutorials for taking screenshots on Android and Windows.

How to download Instagram photos using DownloadGram

The easiest way to truly download Instagram photos is with DownloadGram. It essentially allows you to throw the links you need into a website and download the results.

How to use DownloadGram:

  1. Launch Instagram on your device and find the image you want to download.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the image and select Link.
  3. Visit DownloadGram’s website at
  4. Paste the link into the text box.
  5. Select Download Now.
  6. Hit Download right below the image.

How to download Instagram photos using Fast Save for Instagram


Another way to download Instagram photos requires a little help from the Play Store. Don’t worry; the app is free to use. After that, the copy and paste process is pretty much the same as using DownloadGram.

How to use Fast Save for Instagram:

  1. Download Fast Save for Instagram from the Play Store (it’s free).
  2. Open the Instagram app and find the image you want to download.
  3. Tap the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the image and select Link.
  4. Open the Fast Save app.
  5. Select Paste link & download.
  6. Paste the link into the search box, and hit Download.

Also, try Save-o-gram

We’ve already shown you a way to download images from Instagram using a website and an Android app. Now it’s time for Microsoft users to take the spotlight with this Windows-specific program. Save-o-gram also happens to be a pretty complete solution. This software allows you to download photos independently or in a .zip file. You can also visualize images in a resizable grid. It’s even possible to download all pictures from an Instagram user at once.

There is one massive downside to this great software! It’s a paid app and costs $9. You get a 14-day trial, though. And it’s a great tool, so it might be worth your cash.

How to use Save-o-gram:

  1. Download and install Save-o-gram.
  2. Enter a username, hashtag, or link into the text box on top to see Instagram images.
  3. Select the images you want to download.
  4. Click Download selected photos or Download as ZIP file.


Images are intellectual property, so you should always be careful downloading or using images you find on Instagram (or anywhere else). Be sure to research your local laws, to stay within the bounds of legality. Also, make sure the image’s owner doesn’t mind you keeping or using the shot.

Instagram wants to protect its users’ intellectual property. This is why it’s so complicated to get images off the app.

Instagram image resolution tops off at 1080p in width. Any larger image will be reduced to 1080 pixels wide. Anything smaller will be stretched.

How to download Instagram photos: a complete guide

(Image credit: Joseph Foley)

How to download Instagram images

01. Download Instagram photos
02. Download using source code
03. Save images on Instagram
04. Download using third-party apps
05. Download multiple images
06. Download Instagram Stories

Wondering how to download Instagram photos to your computer or phone? Understandably Instagram doesn't make downloading images quite as easy as right click and save, even if you're using the website in a browser. But there are ways that you can do it. 

There are several reasons why you might legitimately want to download Instagram photos. Perhaps you posted a shot to the social media platform, and then deleted your original image by mistake, leaving the only copy on Instagram. Maybe you've even had enough of Instagram completely, but you have precious images that now only exist on the platform.

Finally, you might want to repost an image from a friend or colleague's feed. This is a more controversial case, but assuming you have their permission and give them credit when you use the image, they may be happy for you to use their image, but don't have a way to get it to you. 

So how do you do it? Posting photos on Instagram is as easy as pie, but getting them off again is not as simple. Well, below we'll show how to download Instagram photos to your PC, Mac or phone through several different methods. You can download your entire Instagram history, you can use the source code for individual images (not quite as complex as it sounds, we promise) or you can use in-browser or downloadable third-party apps.

If you want to give your Instagram images a boost, see our pick of the best photo editing apps. For more Insta tips, see our guide to Instagram fonts and our guides on how to change the font in your Instagram bio and learn how to turn on Instagram's dark mode. We also have a beginner Instagram Reels tutorial, if you've yet to get your head around Instagram's newest media format.

If you do download Instagram photos, please do remember to respect image ownership. Some of the methods below will allow you to download Instagram photos that belong to other people but you should also seek permission and give credit where it's due. For more details on copyright issues, see our article on how to repost on Instagram.  

How to download Instagram photos to a PC or Mac

There is no native method to download Instagram photos from your feed individually. The one concession Instagram has made is to allow you to download your account’s entire history on the platform in one hefty package. That includes all the photos and videos that you’ve uploaded as posts or stories as well as a lot of other things you might not want.

This one “official” way to download your stuff was introduced due to privacy concerns following controversies at parent company Facebook. To get started you'll need to request a download link either via the Instagram website or the app.

01. Login to get started

(Image: © Joseph Foley on Instagram)

Go to the Instagram website, log in, then click the gear icon to the right of where it says Edit Profile. Choose Privacy and Security from the list of options.

02. Request download

This will lead you to the Account Privacy page. Scroll down to where it says 'Data Download' and click 'Request Download'.

03. Get the download link via email

(Image: © Joseph Foley on Instagram)

Enter your email and password again, confirming the email address where you'll receive the download link, then click 'next'. Instagram will start bundling your data into a downloadable package, and then send you the link by email. The platform says this can take up to 48 hours, but the email tends to come through within an hour or two. The link's only valid for four days, so keep an eye out for it or you’ll have to start all over again.

04. Download your data

(Image: © Joseph Foley on Instagram)

Once you receive the email, click 'Download Data'. You’ll be taken to the Instagram site to sign in and start the download. The package comes in the form of a zip file that contains every post you've ever made as well as details of every message and everything you've searched for, liked or commented on. Depending on how long you've had an Instagram account and how much you use it, this could mean a ton of data, so extract the file to a new folder of its own to keep the many subfolders and files in one place.

You can also request this sizable download package through the app. Go to your profile, tap the menu icon in the upper right-hand corner and choose 'Settings'. Select 'Security', 'Download Data', type in your email and password, then tap 'Request Download'.

How to download Instagram photos individually using the source code

If you don’t want the hassle of wading through your entire Instagram history to find the one specific photo you wanted to download, or if you need an image from someone else’s feed after having received their permission to use it, you can download Instagram photos individually by turning to the source code.

01. Find the image source

(Image: © Joseph Foley on Instagram)

How you do this will depend on your browser. On Internet Explorer, you can click on the photo you want to download to view the full image, then right-click on the image and select 'View Source'.

02. Copy the code

(Image: © Jospeh Foley on Instagram)

Scroll through the code and find the meta property information (hit control+f or command+f and search for 'meta property'). You'll want to copy the URL that appears in double inverted commas in the line beginning: '<meta property="og:image" content='

03. Save the image

Paste the link into your browser, hit 'Enter', and you’ll be taken the photo you want to download. Now, simply right-click or control-click on the image and choose 'Save Image As'. The default name will be a long stream of numbers so you’ll probably want to change it to something more recognisable. The process may also work for videos depending on your browser. 

On Google Chrome, you can look for the source image by clicking 'Inspect', then looking for the 'V' folder under the sources tab.

How to save images on Instagram

If you simply want to be able to find an image on Instagram again rather than use it on another device, you might find it’s enough to save it within the platform. Instagram allows users to bookmark any post in order to be able to find it again later, whether it's from an account you follow or not. You can organise saved posts into folders to make them easier to find, for example by creating folders for design inspiration, wish lists, or dream holiday destinations – don’t worry, no one else can see your bookmarks!

01. Save to collection

(Image: © Joseph Foley on Instagram)

Tap the bookmark icon below any Instagram post and it will turn black to show the post has been saved. For the Marie Condo approach to bookmarks, tap the 'Save to Collection' message that pops up then click the + icon to choose an existing collection or create a collection with a new name.

02. View and edit your images

(Image: © Joseph Foley on Instagram)

To view or edit your bookmarked images in the Instagram app, go to your profile, tap the menu icon at the top right, then 'Saved'. In a browser, you’ll find the 'Saved' tab above your own feed. From here, you can tap the plus icon to add new collections or to move a previously saved photo to a collection.

How to download Instagram photos using third-party apps

If you definitely need to download photos from Instagram rather than save them in the app but find the first two options above to be too fiddly or time-consuming, there are many third-party apps that offer workarounds. Bear in mind that some of these require access to your account data, while others rely on heavy advertising to make their money. Where possible we’d advise using the previous solutions, but if you want the convenience of a quick fix, then these are some of the most popular options.

Download Instagram photos using DownloadGram

DownloadGram is one of the most appealing third-party options to download Instagram photos since it doesn’t require the installation of any software. That may inspire more trust in terms of security. It can be used on both computers and mobiles. It can also be used to download videos, IGTV and Reels. The downside is that you can only download one piece of media at a time.

01. Go to post

(Image: © Joseph Foley on Instagram)

On a desktop computer, go to the Instagram website, find the picture you want, click on the three dots at the top right above the image and choose 'Go to Post'.

02. Download image

(Image: © Joseph Foley on Instagram)

Copy the photo’s URL from your address bar then go to DownloadGram’s website and paste the URL into the box. Click the Download button, then the Download image button to save your image.

On a mobile device, open the Instagram app and find the photo you want, tap the three dots icon and choose 'copy link'. From there, follow the process as above.

Other options include FastSave for Instagram , which offers a faster app-based option for downloading individual images to an Android phone with no copying or pasting needed, but you need to grant the app access to your data, and the ads can be annoying.

How to Download Instagram photos in bulk

If you want to download more than one image from Instagram at a time, you’re limited to using third-party software. Two of the most popular options are 4K Stogram and Save-o-gram.

Download Instagram photos: 4K Stogram

4K Stogram allows you to download Instagram images in bulk (Image credit: 4K Stogram)

4K Stogram allows you to subscribe to a username, hashtag or even a location to mass download every public image that it finds under that tag with no need to sign in to Instagram. However, while it’s free to subscribe to a couple of feeds, you’ll need to pay $10 for a licence for unlimited use. Chances are you’ll also find yourself downloading a ton of images that don’t interest you.

Download and install 4K Stogram on your computer, open the programme then type an Instagram username, hashtag, or location into the search bar. Click Subscribe, then the programme will search and automatically start downloading everything it finds. You’ll find the images piling up in the 4K Stogram folder on your computer in subfolders for each search you entered. 

Download Instagram photos: Save-o-gram

Save-o-gram lets you be more selective with your downloads (Image credit: Save-o-gram)

If you need to be more selective, Save-o-gram allows selected images to be downloaded all at once as a zip file or individually. It charges a one-off fee of $9 after a seven-day trial.

How to download Instagram Stories

Instagram makes it much easier to download your own stories – the image or video including any stickers or text you’ve applied. Just click on the three vertical dots at the bottom right of the story and choose 'Save photo'. You can find old stories by going to your profile, clicking on the menu icon and selecting 'Archive'. (See our guide to Instagram Stories here.)

If you want a Story from someone else’s account – and some photographers specifically share pictures for use as wallpaper by this means – you can save it by simply taking a screenshot. The trick is to hold down one finger on the screen while you do so in order to remove the Instagram UI and get a clean shot. 

Just tap and hold anywhere on the screen so that the UI overlay fades away. This also pauses the story, giving you time to take the screenshot. With a bit of finger contortion, keep your finger on the screen while you take the screenshot, whether that’s by pressing volume up and lock on an iPhone X, the power and home buttons on a Samsung Galaxy, or power and volume down on a Google Pixel.  

Again, bear in mind potential copyright issues when taking screenshots of someone else’s work.

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Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.

6 ways with detailed instructions

Good afternoon, friends.

The Instagram social network is developing rapidly, new functionality appears regularly, errors and problems are fixed. However, each program has its limitations. They can be a flaw of the creators or their conscious decision.

The lack of a direct ability to download photos from Instagram is a feature of this platform. And this can be understood. People are more willing to post pictures knowing that no one will be able to use them. However, there are workarounds that can be done. We’ll talk about this today and find out how to save photos from Instagram.


Remember, if Instagram is blocked in any country, you can always access it via VPN.

Saving all photos by email

1. Go to the menu, select the item "Your activity".

2. Click "Download Information".

3. Specify your email address to which to send the photo archive.

4. We go through the protection of information by entering the password for your account.

5. We are waiting for the archive to the mail.

Saving your photos in your phone

Solving this problem is quite simple. We go to the application on a mobile device.

Swipe the screen from right to left and at the bottom of the panel that opens, click on the gear icon.

Go to the "Original Publications" section on an Android phone or "Original Photos" on iPhones. Here we set the levers to the desired position to save photos and videos on the device.

This is the only way to download images provided by Instagram itself. Everything else is sleight of hand and our resourcefulness.

You can make a free analysis of subscribers through the InstaHero service. You will find out why coverage is falling, who your audience is and what type of content will go best .

Taking a screenshot

This is an accessible way for everyone to copy a photo from someone else's Instagram profile. You can do this on different devices.

On the phone

To take a screenshot, you need to press a specific button or key combination. They differ depending on the brand and model of the gadget. I have an Asus phone, in it I need to press and hold the "Recent Documents" button in the lower right corner.

Possible combinations on phones from other manufacturers:

  • screen lock + volume down - they are usually located on the side panel of the device;
  • Long press the power button until the menu appears;
  • menu button + "Back";
  • in iPhones, press the round "Home" button in combination with the lock located on the side of the gadget.

If you can't find the combination or magic button you want, go to the Play Store or App Store and download one of the apps:

  • ScreenMaster, Screenshot Easy, Screenshot Pro, Lightshot for Android, or Screen Capture for Windows phones.

Screenshots are saved in a folder with all photos or in a separate section in the gallery.

Please note that everything that is currently visible on the screen will be saved and you may have to crop the picture. I will talk about this further.


We have an article on our blog about how to take high-quality screenshots. It discusses 5 methods with details and explanations. I will show one of them, which is available to everyone without installing additional programs.

Find the desired photo in the web version of Instagram and press the "Prt Sc" button on the keyboard. It is located at the very top closer to the right edge. Now we go to the Start menu, which is hidden under the Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen. And we find the standard program Paint.

Press the key combination "Ctrl" + "V" or find the button "Paste" or "Paste" in the top panel. A screen image should appear in front of us, including the photo we want to save.

We copied the entire screen, but we only need a photo. Therefore, we cut off everything unnecessary. To do this, click on the option "Select" or "Select" and outline the desired area.

Press the key combination "Ctrl" + "C". Then we open a new document.

Click "Insert" and save the resulting image. If it turned out to be smaller than the white field, we remove the empty space for the lower right corner.

Everything, it remains only to save the photo.

Use the address bar

This is a very simple option. Open the post on the web version of Instagram. In the address bar, after the url, add "media? size = l" without quotes.

Press "Enter". The desired photo will appear on the screen. Right-click on the image and select "Save Image As..."0003

Uploading images through the page code

This method is available only on a computer, I did not manage to perform such a trick on my phone. Open the publication in the web version of the social network, press the right mouse button, then "Page source code".

In the new window, press the combination of buttons "Ctrl" + "F". A search bar will appear at the bottom or top. In it we write "display_resources". The program will highlight the text. We need to copy the line next to this inscription, starting with "https" and ending with "" and paste it into the address bar of the browser.

The photo will open. We call the context menu, "Save image as ..." Done, we uploaded a photo from Instagram.

Programs and services

Until now, we have used the tools available to any person on the phone and computer. But there are also specially created programs for downloading photos from Instagram. Let's consider some of them.

Browser extension

When I need a full version of the application on my computer, I use the Google Chrome extension. To download it, go to the menu, "Additional tools", "Extensions".

Next, click on the 3 bars in the upper left corner and at the bottom click on the link "Open the Chrome Web Store". In the search bar we write "instadesktop". Installing the extension.

After that, an icon will appear on top.

Click on it. We see an image of a phone with a full-fledged version of Instagram and a nice bonus: each photo has a button for downloading it.

Phone programs

There are applications for iPhones and Android devices. All you need to do is go to Play Store or App Store and install one of them:

  • InstaSave,
  • FastSave,
  • QuickSave,
  • iSave and others.

They work on approximately the same principle. We go to Instagram, open the publication, click on the three dots next to it and select "Copy link". Then we go to the application for downloading, insert the address of the publication. After a few simple steps, the photo becomes available for saving.

The simplest and most stable application at the moment is FastSave for Android. Try it in action.

Online services

To download photos from Instagram, it is not necessary to install programs, you can use online services. The most popular resources for this are:

  • .

They have the same principle. I will show you on the example of the InstaGrabber service.

First, we go to the web version of Instagram and open the post we are interested in. Copy the address from the browser line and paste it into the line on the site And then click on the arrow.

The photo from the publication will appear on the screen. It remains only to click on the "Download photo" button.

How to save other people's posts on Instagram without downloading

If you don't need to download photos to your device, but just save them as a bookmark on your Instagram, click the checkbox under the post you like.

Saved posts can be seen in your profile. On your phone, swipe from right to left and select the appropriate section.

On the web version of Instagram, you just need to go to the "Saved" tab.

To split posts into topics and put them into folders, click on the checkbox and hold this position. A window will appear where you can select a directory or create a new one and save the entry to it. The nice thing is that no one can see these posts on your profile.


So we've covered all the basic ways to copy photos from Instagram. Let me briefly list them again:

  1. Save your pictures with appropriate settings.
  2. Take screenshots.
  3. Add "media?size=l" to the end of the url.
  4. Extract photos from page code.
  5. Use third-party services and programs.
  6. Copy entire posts to your profile.

Use caution when using unverified software. Install a reliable antivirus and, if possible, do not enter data from your main social network account. And remember that all materials published by users on Instagram are protected by law as objects of copyright.

Write in the comments which method you liked best and suited you, what questions remained, what difficulties you encountered.

And I say goodbye to you. Goodbye friends.

Instructions: How to save photos from Instagram to your computer

The social network Instagram quickly gained popularity due to its simplicity. The user just needs to take a photo on a phone or tablet, process it using the tools built into the application and upload it to his account so that the whole world can enjoy it.

Many people use Instagram to view the profiles of celebrities, big stores or just interesting users. Sometimes you want to save an Instagram photo to your computer in order to add it to your collection, but you can’t do it in the standard way (by right-clicking on the photo and selecting the appropriate item). The developers of the service in a similar way take care of the copyright of users on images. At the same time, bypassing this limitation is quite simple, and in this article we will consider several ways to do this.

  Contents:  1. How to save photos from Instagram to a computer without third-party services and applications - Video instruction 2. Saving photos from Instagram on a computer using third-party services 3. Extensions and plugins for saving photos from Instagram 

How to save photos from Instagram to a computer without third-party services and applications

Installing additional applications and extensions on a computer, as well as using unfamiliar services on the Internet, is always dangerous, given the number of viruses and scammers. At the same time, most often such basic actions as saving information from a page can be done without third-party intervention, for example, saving a VKontakte audio recording. You can also save a photo from Instagram to your computer through the page code, and for this you need to do the following:

  1. Go through the Chrome browser to the page of the photo you are interested in on the Instagram social network and open it;
  2. Next, press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + U to switch to the page HTML-markup view mode;
  3. Then press Ctrl+F to start searching the page and look for the line that contains the following combination of characters " og:image ";
  4. The found line will contain a direct link to the photo, which must be copied and opened in a new tab;
  5. After that, the photo from Instagram can be saved to the computer.

The instructions above are for the Google Chrome browser, but similar actions can be done in any other browser by defining the button for viewing the HTML markup of the page.

Interesting fact: When you open a photo in a new window, you will notice that the favicon in the browser tab is the icon of the social network Facebook, not Instagram. This is due to the fact that Facebook has completely bought Instagram, and it is on its servers that all user photos are located.

Video instruction

Saving photos from Instagram on your computer using third-party services

There are dozens of sites on the Internet that allow you to save a photo from the Instagram social network to your computer without any problems. Such services can be arranged in different ways:

  • Services replacing Instagram. A striking example of such a resource is Webbygram. On it, the user needs to log in under his account on Instagram, after which all information from it will be loaded in the interface of this service. The user will be able to upload new photos, like photos, subscribe, unsubscribe and save images.
  • Sites for downloading photos from Instagram. If you just need to download photos from the Instagram social network to your computer, the Instaport service can handle this task. It is developed by the same team that created the Webbygram service, but it has a different purpose. You will also need to log in to this service, and then you can choose for what period you want to download photos to your computer. Interestingly, the service also allows you to download from Instagram all the photos that the user has recently "liked" or photos with a specific tag, but not more than 500 pieces.

Above are not the only services for saving photos from Instagram. But it is important to remember that for such actions it is better to use trusted sites so as not to lose access to your social network account. If you do not need to bulk upload photos, you can use sites that download photos to your computer from the corresponding link from Instagram without authorization.

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