How to Download Instagram Posts to Any Device [Photos, Videos, Boomerang, and Stories]
Have you ever wanted to download something on Instagram that REALLY caught your eye?!
You know, that special something that said “I MUST have this on my phone for later!”
There’s tons of reasons why anyone would want to download content on Instagram…
Maybe you’re creating an epic swipe file of Instagram influencers who are totally crushing it and you want to dissect their marketing strategy piece by piece.
Perhaps you want to save some inspiring photos of beautiful travel destinations and use them to create an epic bucket list.
You may even want to save all of the user-generated content where you or your brand gets tagged, and use it as part of an effective marketing strategy.
No matter the reason, you want to know how to download any kind of Instagram content on any device regardless of the computer or smartphone you’re using.
Great! We’re going to tell you exactly how to save Instagram posts to all of your devices.
But first…you might want to learn how to save your own content at any time.
PART 1: How To Download YOUR Instagram Photos, Videos And Stories To Any Device
You know how tech professionals say that you should frequently backup your computer in the unfortunate event that an accident wipes all your valuable data clean?
Turns out the same rule applies equally towards social media.
You never know when the server that hosts your content may go down, resulting in the loss of your content, or a temporary delay in the delivery of that content.
You also may run into a situation where a platform where you have been contributing content gets old, shut down, or change his policies to where content is no longer accepted…
There’s also the possibility that a social network may get rid of a certain feature, or the entire network. Take a look at what has happened to Blab and Vine.
If you’ve spent years building up your blog using LinkedIn publisher or Facebook notes, just to find out one of those features is being discontinued, you have to either back up that contents or risk losing it forever.
The last thing you want is to lose the original files of all the gorgeous content you’ve worked so hard to create.
Fortunately, Instagram comes with two default features that automatically lets you download all of your data to your desktop or phone.
Instagram Post-Saving Feature #1: Automatic Backups On Your Phone
One of the best ways to avoid being affected by any kind of social media accident is to always be prepared.
By setting up Instagram to automatically save all of your content to your phone, you will never have to worry about backing up your data!
Here’s how you do it:
NOTE: While these instructions are being shown using an iPhone, they are very similar for people who are using Android smartphones.
1.Click the “Profile” icon (that looks like a person) on the bottom left corner of your screen.
2. Click the icon on the top right corner that looks like 3 parallel lines.
3. Click on “Settings” at the bottom right corner (the icon that looks like a gear).
4. Once you are at this screen, there are two separate directions you will take depending on the type of content you want to back up.
If you wish to save the photos and videos you post on Instagram:
1. Click on “Account”
2. Click on “Original Photos”
3. Make sure that “Save Original Photos” is turned ON
If you wish to save the Stories you post on Instagram:
1. Click on “Privacy and Security”
2. Click on “Story Controls”
3. Scroll down until you get to the “Saving” section and make sure that “Save to Camera Roll” is turned ON
Instagram Post-Saving Feature #2: Backup All Of Your Data Onto Your Computer In One Go
In 2018, Instagram launched a brand new feature that allows you to instantly download a copy of every single thing you’ve ever posted.
Photos: As you’d expect, downloading your data from Instagram includes all the photos you’ve uploaded to the service.
Videos: In addition to photos, you’ll get any videos you’ve shared.
Comments: Your data download includes all comments you’ve made on any post.
Your profile info: Everything on your profile, like your email address, website, and bio, is part of the download too.
However, do note that this option only works on your desktop. You can use it on any browser and any operating system you like.
Here are the instructions for downloading all of your Instagram data onto your computer…
1. Go to Instagram.com on your desktop browser and log in to your profile.
2. Select the “Profile” icon located at the top right corner of your screen.
3. Click the “Settings” icon (the gear) that’s located right beside the “Edit Profile” button.
4. Select “Privacy and Security” on the pop-up menu that appears.
5. Scroll down to the “Data Download” section and click “Request Download.”
6. Make sure you type in a working email in the text box before you hit “Next.”
7. Enter your password for your account and click “Request Download.”
8. Within 48 hours or less, you should receive an email containing a link to all of your data, which can be downloaded for your convenience.
Now that you know how to securely download your own Instagram posts to your phone or computer, let’s talk about how to download other people’s content…
PART 2: How To Download Somebody Else’s Instagram Photos, Videos And Stories To Any Device
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to model your own Instagram pages after the most successful ones in your niche.
However, Instagram’s platform does not allow you to directly download other people’s photos, videos and Stories. There are copyright rules that are specifically related to this, and you may want to get familiar with them.
This means that you will have to use some clever workarounds (and some trusted yet FREE third-party applications) in order to save content for offline access.
If you are going to do this, there are some important things to note:
1. Respect the rights that users have to decide what gets done with their content by other people
It’s one thing if you are exclusively downloading somebody’s image for your own private use, not claiming ownership of it, and having no intention to distribute the image to other people.
But it is ALWAYS a good idea to ask the owner’s permission if you are going to use or download their content in any way, shape or form.
When in doubt, ASK FIRST!
2. We do not recommend using the Bookmarking feature
And unlike Likes, where you have to sort through a random mess of unrelated posts, this Bookmarking feature allows you to organize them into collections.
While this feature is convenient, this article is specifically focusing on saving posts for offline access on any phone or desktop computer.
3. Where possible, avoid using screenshots
It’s true that all phones and computers come with native features for instantly taking screenshots.
The major problem with this option is that you sacrifice quality. This holds especially true for high-definition images and videos seen on Instagram.
And if you’re serious about preserving the original quality of other people’s content (and your own!), you need to do this the right way.
4. We do not recommend the “Page Source” hack as it only works on Chrome
- Using the Chrome browser on your desktop computer, you go to Instagram.com and log into your account.
- You scroll Instagram and click on the specific piece of content you are looking for.
- You right-click with your mouse and select “View Page Source.”
- Using the keyword search function, you look for “.jpg” and copy the URL that comes up.
- You paste the URL into a new window or tab on Chrome, and you will have access to the image itself for download (which is performed by a right-click of the mouse and selecting “Save As”).
While this method is easy to follow, our article is going to focus on methods that do not require any special web browser.
Let’s get started!
How To Save Other Users’ Instagram Photos And Videos To Your Computer Or Your Phone
The easiest, fastest and most hassle-free way to achieve this objective is by using a free app called PostGraber.
What makes it stand out from other web-based, third-party apps designed to download Instagram content is that it can download multiple videos and photos associated with a single post.
Considering that Instagram recently launched its slideshow feature, this will be a blessing for people who are starting to maximize this feature for higher engagement rates.
You can also use PostGraber on any desktop web browser or smartphone, which makes it that much better.
Here are the instructions for using PostGraber…
1. Go to Instagram.com on your desktop browser and log in to your profile (or the Instagram app on your smartphone).
2. Browse through Instagram until you have found the photo or video you want to download.
3. Click the “…” icon next to the content. On your smartphone or your desktop, click “Copy Link.”
4. Go to the PostGraber website, either via your smartphone’s web browser or your computer’s web browser.
5. Copy the URL into the text box and click “Go”.
6. You will be directed to a page that has a “Download” button below your desired image/video. On your web browser, the content will either begin downloading or you will need to right-click the image and press “Save As.” On your phone, you will have to hold your finger on the image until the “Save Image” option pops up.
An alternative app we really liked was DownloadGram, which works the exact same way as PostGraber. The only downside is that it won’t be able to download multiple photos or videos within a single Instagram post like PostGraber does.
NOTE: Both of these apps will only work with Instagram accounts that are public. You will not be able download any content from accounts that are marked as private.
And although we have not personally done this, Jens Wirdenius from online marketing magazine Veloce found a clever way to download videos from your direct messages on Instagram. Check it out!
“But what about Boomerangs? How do I download Boomerang videos from Instagram?”
Boomerangs can be defined as looping videos in which a series of photos are taken in rapid succession, sped up, and played forwards and backwards.
While this app’s use has declined rapidly since its launch, the only thing you need to know is that it’s a different kind of video.
Therefore, use PostGraber or DownloadGram to download your favorite Boomerang videos onto your phone or computer.
How To Save Other Users’ Instagram Stories To Your Computer Or Your Phone
Just like photos and videos, we’re going to use an online web application that allows you to easily download Stories to your desktop or your smartphone.
After all, who doesn’t want to take their favorite money-making Stories from Instagram influencers and save them before they’re gone?
The best option we’ve found is Zasasa. Yes, we know, the site looks like a crappy HTML website from the 90s.
But when you put in the URL for an Instagram story into the website, you’ll have the option of choosing multiple resolutions and sizes before you complete your download.
Here are the instructions for using Zasasa…
1. Go to Instagram.com on your desktop browser and log in to your profile (or the Instagram app on your smartphone).
2. Browse through Instagram until you find the profile of the user you want to download an Instagram Story from, and click (or tap) their username.
3. On your web browser, copy the URL in your web address bar. On your smartphone, click the “…” icon and select “Copy Profile URL.”
4. Go to the Zasasa website, either via your smartphone’s web browser or your computer’s web browser.
5. Copy the URL into the text box and click “Download.” If you want Highlights, you MUST check off “Also Download Highlights” before you click “Download.”
6. Select the size/resolution that you want for your download, and click on the link.
7. On your web browser, the image/video will either begin downloading or you will need to right-click the image and press “Save As.” On your phone, you will have to hold your finger on the image/video until a button pops up that asks you to save your content.
Other viable alternatives, according to Christina Guan of Slaying Social, include StoriesIG and Weynstag. She also provides clear instructions on how to use either of these web-based apps.
NOTE: All of these apps will only work with Instagram accounts that are public. You will not be able download any content from accounts that are marked as private.
How To Know Who Saved Your Posts On Instagram
After reading all this, you might be thinking…
“Let’s flip the tables here. How can I tell who saved my posts on Instagram? Is there any way for me to see what other people are doing with my content?”
Sadly, you have no true way of knowing. In February 2018, Instagram briefly tested a new feature that alerted people when they tried to screenshot or screen-record other people’s content.
People would be reminded that if they did it again, the person posting the content would be able to see who did it.
After massive backlash, this feature was quickly discontinued.
So you won’t be able to know exactly who’s recording or taking pictures of your own content.
Youth culture magazine The Tab provides some detailed instructions on how to do this:
1. Change your Instagram page to a business profile by going to your profile and selecting “Settings” -> “Account” -> “Switch to Business Profile.”
2. Click on any of your individual posts and click on “View Insights.”
3. From left to right, you will see the following information: Likes (heart), Comments (bubble), Forwards – the number of times your post was sent to someone else through direct message (paper airplane), and Bookmarks (pin).
Again, you will not be able to see exactly who used the Forward or Bookmark features on your post.
You’re All Done!
You now have the best tools and methods at your disposal for downloading every type of Instagram content to any device.
They’re all free, easy to use and don’t require you to give up your private information.
As we said before, make sure that you’re downloading other people’s Instagram posts responsibly.