How to Download Instagram Photos

If you use Instagram a lot, you're probably going to build up quite a collection of photos and videos.  It will include not just ones that you post yourself, but also ones that you like from your friends and favourite celebrities.  Wouldn't it be nice to have a backup of your collection on your computer, so that you still have your photos even if something happens to your Instagram account?

Unfortunately, Instagram does not include any options in its actual program that allow you to download your photos.  However, that hasn't stopped certain clever users from developing workarounds that can do it.  In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use one such service, known as Instaport.

How to download photos from Instagram (using Instaport)

  1. Go to in your web browser on your desktop computer.  Once you're there, click Sign In with Instagram.

  2. On the next screen, click in the boxes marked "Username" and "Password" and type in your user name and password for your Instagram account, respectively.  Then, click Log In.

  3. Once you're signed in, Instagram will ask if you want to allow Instaport to access your information on Instagram.  This is necessary in order to download your photos, so go ahead and click Authorize.

  4. Next, you will be able to select which photos you want to download from Instagram.

    Click the button beside an option to choose it.  From top to bottom, you can choose between:

    -- All photos posted on Instagram by you

    -- The most recent photos posted on Instagram by you (click the up and down arrows to select the number of photos)

    -- Photos posted on Instagram by you within a certain time period (click the two boxes here to enter the two dates that you will use as the time range, with both dates in month/day/year format)

    -- Photos posted on Instagram that you have "liked" (note that these photos do not have to have been posted by you)

    -- Photos posted on Instagram that have a certain "hashtag" in their captions (click the box here and type in the hashtag; these photos do not have to have been posted by you, but you are limited to the 500 most recent ones; see our Instagram Hashtags article for more details)

    You can also click the check box beside "Include Videos As Well" to have Instaport save videos that match your criteria.  When you're ready, click Start Export.

  5. Once your photos have finished exporting, click Download Only.

  6. When the download prompt comes up, choose to save the file to your computer, and then (if applicable) choose where you want to save the file.  (Your file may automatically save in your "Downloads" folder if you are not asked where you want to save it).

  7. The file you've downloaded is a ".zip" file, so it's a compressed version of your photos.  To make it work normally, find it and right-click on it (or hold the "Command" key and click on it for Apple users), and click Extract All.

  8. When the new prompt opens, click Extract.

  9. Voila!  A new folder will appear and open, with all of your saved photos inside!

And that's how to use Instaport to export your Instagram photos!


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