Instagram is great, but there have been a couple of times when I’ve wanted to use my Instagram photos for something else, and I couldn’t find an easy way to download them.  You can save them onto your phone, but then you still need to somehow upload them to your computer.  There are a couple of apps and sites that can help, but my clever techie husband showed me this method, which I find to be the easiest.  It requires a little bit of sneaky back-end IT sorcery, so you can feel like a hard-core hacker when you’re done.

(Note:  these instructions show how to save images if you’re using Google Chrome as your browser.  You can go here for other methods of saving your images.)

saving instagram photos 8Right, here goes:

1.  Navigate your browser to your Instagram page (found at

saving instagram photos 12.  Scroll down and click on the image that you want to save.  It’ll pop up on your screen.

saving instagram photos 23.  Right, here’s where the scary part comes in.  Right-click on the image and select “Inspect element”.

saving instagram photos 34.  Some weird codey-looking stuff will pop up on the bottom half of your screen.  Do Not Be Afraid.  Look for the underlined bit that ends in “.jpg”, and click on it.

saving instagram photos 55.  Your photo will now come up in the section where the code was.  Right-click on the photo again, and select “Open image in new tab”.

saving instagram photos 66.  Your photo will open in a new tab, where you can right-click (one last time), and select “Save image as…”, which will save the photo to your computer.

saving instagram photos 7It may seem a bit complicated, but once you’ve done it a few times it’ll become much easier.  If you download a photo from another person, remember to credit them wherever it is used.

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