How to download Instagram pictures?

A full guide to understanding and learning how to download Instagram pictures.

Understandably Instagram doesn’t make downloading images quite as easy as right-clicking and saving, even if you’re using the website in a browser. But there are ways that you can do it. If you have been downloading pictures by right-clicking and then saving them on your computer, you have been downloading Instagram pictures incorrectly. In this short article, we will learn how we can download Instagram pictures in a more professional way.

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.

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Method 1: How to download Instagram pictures on PC?

There is no any one specific method to download Instagram pictures on your PC. The one important feature that is popular in Instagram is that it allows us to download all our account’s entire history on the platform in one hefty package. Thie package includes all the photos and videos that we have uploaded either as post or stories.

This is the official way of downloading all the pictures and images that you have posted on Instagram. To access to all those pictures and download them, you need to request for a link. Let us learn how we can download Instagram pictures this way.

Step-1: Login to your Instagram id.

First you need to visit Instgram website and login you ID by providing the required credentials.

Step-2: Go to Privacy and Security

Once you are logged in, you can go to the privacy and security section. You can find it under setting section.


Step-3: Request Download

Once you click on the privacy and security, it will lead you to a new page. There you can find a lot of options, scroll down and click on request download link:


Step-4: Get the link through an email

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.

Method 2: How to download instagram pictures?

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.

This method a little knowledge of HMTL or coding but even if you don’t know, still you can use this method to download individual pictures from the Instagram.

Step 1: Find the source of Picture

Right click on the image and then show the page source or inspect photo.

Step 2: Copy the source code

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=’

Step 3: Saving 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.


In this short article, we learned how we can download Instagram pictures and save them on our PC.

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