Download Instagram Photos to Your Computer Easily
If you use Instagram and you’ve ever wanted to download all the pictures you’ve taken you’ve probably noticed there is no built-in option to do so. Thankfully there are several free options that let you back up all photos from Instagram and export them all directly to your computer.
We’ve narrowed it down to the two best solutions, a native OS X app and a web app. Both serve the same function and will download all of your Instagram pictures for local storage. The biggest caveat with both solutions though is they download the photos at a paltry 612×612 pixel resolution, though that is likely an Instagram limitation and not the applications fault (if anyone knows a workaround for that, let us know!).
InstaBackup for Mac OS X
InstaBackup, shown in the screenshot up top, is a small app for Mac OS X only but it gets the job done very quickly.
- Download InstaBackup (free DMG download link at bottom of page)
Using Instabackup is a matter of launching the app, authenticating with Instagram through the default web browser, and setting a folder to download the images into. Each picture is named as their original upload date, which is a nice touch if you want to have an idea of when each picture originated.
Instaport for Everything
Instaport is a free web-based alternative that is therefore cross-platform compatible, allowing it to work in Mac OS X, Windows, or just about anything with a web browser and that can open zip files.
Go to Instaport and authenticate with your Instagram login, and click “Start Export”, and soon you’ll have a bundled zip archive of all the pictures downloading to your computer.
Once you have pictures stored locally, you can do whatever you want with them. Keep the images around your hard drive for backup purposes, transfer them to an iPad since there still isn’t a native Instagram app, turn the pics folder into a screen saver (or get Screenstagram if you want your Instagram feed as a screen saver instead), import them into iPhoto, or whatever else you can think of.