How to save Instagram photos

How to save Instagram photos? what you need to know

  • Press Settings > Account > Original photos and activate the option Save photos originals to save your own photos on the device.
  • You can bookmark other users’ photos to refer to later, but Instagram does not offer any way to download them within the app.
  • Unofficial methods: Take a screenshot, find the image link in the page source, or use a third-party downloader.

This article is about how to save your own Instagram photos and bookmark or save other users’ photos.

How to save Instagram photos on Your Mobile Device

If you upload an existing photo to Instagram without using any of the filter or editing features within the app to make changes, you obviously already have a copy of it on your device.

But for those who take photos directly through the app or upload, existing ones with Instagram filters and editing effects applied to them, saving a copy of the finished product that goes live can be easily done automatically by activating a simple setting.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. From the profile sheet, press the menu button at the top.
  2. Press Setting.
  3. Press Bill.
  4. Choose Original Photos on iOS, o Original publications on Android.
    While this setting is on, all of your posts will be copied automatically as you post them to a new photo album or folder labeled “Instagram” in your mobile device’s Photo Albums app.
    This applies to all posts, including those you take through the Instagram app, those you upload from your device without making any changes, and those you upload from your device with filter and editing effects applied.

How to save the photos (and videos) of other users in the application

Instagram has a save feature built right into the app. Though it simply allows you to bookmark the photo or video post tab and not actually download anything to your device is still better than nothing.

Until recently, the only way to bookmark another user’s photo or video within the Instagram app was by liking it and then accessing the posts you’ve already liked from the settings tab.


To save any post to the tab Saved touch the bookmark icon in the lower right corner. To access this tab, touch the menu button on your profile page and then Saved

No notification will be sent to the user who posted it.

The two big drawbacks of the Instagram save feature are:

  • You need an internet connection to be able to revisit the saved post within the app
  • The saved image will disappear if the user who posted it deletes it. Remember that the use of the favorites function is only a link to the photo. Nothing is saved to your account or device.

On the other hand, if you want to follow the comments on a popular post, you can save the post and come back to it later to read the new comments, which is at least a very useful way to use it. (Hint: There are other ways to save an Instagram video.)

Save other users’ Instagram photos in other ways

If you’ve ever tried to right-click and save as an Instagram photo on your computer, or tried to do the same thing on a mobile device by tapping and holding a photo while viewing it in a mobile web browser, you’ve probably wondered why nothing shows up.

Instagram may be fine with you saving copies of your own photos to your device or flagging them in the app because they’re yours, but Instagram doesn’t claim ownership of any content posted to the app, so it’s up to you to get the permission of other users if you want to use their content. This explains why it is so impossible easily download any photo.

So your best solution is to download another user’s photo? Just ask them for a copy.