Take a Photo Using Instagram Without Sharing / Uploading
Any photo taken in Instagram will automatically post directly to your Instagram feed, sharing the picture with the world (or at least whoever follows you). But what if you want to take a picture or two with the Instagram app, apply those fancy filters, and not actually share them with anyone? That’s not an option directly within the Instagram app itself, but you can use a neat little trick on the iPhone (or Android if it floats your boat) to indirectly obtain such an ability yourself.
- Open ‘Settings’ and toggle AirPlane Mode to ON – this temporarily disables all cellular and wireless communications for the device
- Launch Instagram and take a photo, apply the filter and edits as usual, and choose “Share”
- The picture will fail to share, so tap on the (X) button and choose “Remove”
- Now visit the “Photos” app on your iPhone to find the Instagram picture stored within your Camera Roll
You can use filters, blur, and borders as usual, naming the photo is sort of pointless because it won’t be published:
It’s essential to tap the X and remove the picture from the upload queue, otherwise the photo could actually upload when you do toggle AirPlane mode off and use Instagram again the future.
That’s all there is to it. Because AirPlane mode turns off all data transmission, the sharing process will fail and the image will never upload to Instagram, keeping it locally on the iPhone instead. Simple and effective, even if it is a bit quirky.
This is a pretty handy trick if you want to apply some instant filters to images and not alter then directly with apps like Snapseed or AfterGlow. I discovered this by accident the other day when I lost cell service, but as Petapixel points out, intentionally toggling AirPlane mode is actually a useful strategy if you’re looking to gain filters without uploading images to your IG feed. Just remember to turn AirPlane mode off again when finished, otherwise the iPhone will be left without service.