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How To Save Instagram Photos: 3 Safe and Easy Methods

August 13, 2019

Instagram can be intense.

Sometimes you just need a break from all the wedding pictures, vacation photos, and boomerangs of clinking glasses. If you’re like me, you find escape by turning to the serenity of paint mixing and sand cutting videos.

When I find a post I like, I save it so I can easily come back to it later. Simple enough concept, right? Yet, many people are unsure how to do so.

How to save Instagram photos

There are actually three methods to save a photo on Instagram.  

We will also go over how to save a photo you have taken on the Instagram camera. 

If you want to use one method in particular, use the links below to jump ahead!

If not, you might be wondering if saving Instagram photos is even allowed. It is allowed, however, you must get permission from the owner to repurpose it. Check out Instagram's copyright rules here

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How to save a photo to Instagram collections

In the world of Instagram, saving photos can be done using the collections feature. This is a simple tool the app provides that few use to its full potential.

Let’s walk through this simple process together. Say that I was sponsoring this year’s Dreamforce conference as part of my event marketing strategy. While there, I search the hashtag #Dreamforce, to see what’s happening at the B2B marketing conference. I then see this post from G2 Crowd about the special swag it’s giving away at the event.

G2 Crowd Swag 

The post catches my eye, and I want to be able to check it out again later. However, at a conference with over 170,000 attendees, there are so many photos being posted with the hashtag. I’m not sure I’ll be able to find it again. Saving the post is the best option in this scenario.

To do so, I simply tap the bookmark icon on the bottom right of the image. That's it!

Save Instagram Photo

Saving a post will not send any notifications to the account the photo came from, so tap away!

Imagine it’s now a few hours later, and you want to find that saved post so you can go visit G2 and collect your gear.

To find the post, go to your profile and tap the three horizontal lines in the top corner.

profile options

This will slide over a list of further options. Tap the same bookmark icon from earlier labeled, “Saved,” to see all of the posts you have saved. At this screen, you will notice that only you can see any photos you’ve saved.

Instagram collections

If you’re running an Instagram account for a business, saving photos into collections is an effective tool for keeping track of a variety of posts that involve your company or its competitors. 

You now have the basics of how to save an Instagram post at your disposal!

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How to use Instagram Collections

Now that you’ve learned how to save an Instagram post using collections, let’s take it one step further.

Access your saved photos by opening your profile and, once again, tapping the three bars in the top right. Tap the bookmark icon with the, “Saved,” label. From here, swipe to the left or tap, “Collections.”

Instagram collections

This is where you have the option to create a collection by tapping, “Create Collection,” or the plus icon in the top right corner.

Let’s continue with the Dreamforce example and create a collection of the posts I saved from this year’s event. Type in the name of the collection and tap done. Once you do this, tap, “Add to Collection,” and select the photo we previously saved. Click, “Done,” to confirm.

Now that we have the collection created, we can continue to add to it as we view and save posts.

After searching more of the #Dreamforce2018 hashtag, I saw an interactive social media post of OwnBackup’s booth, with a description promising a free shot of Jameson for filling out its survey. I definitely wanted to make sure I found that booth later.

This time, when tapping the bookmark icon, a prompt to save to a collection slides up on the bottom of the photo. I tap this and a list of my collections appears. I can add this to my Dreamforce 2018 collection or create a new one.

Save to collections

You’ve now learned how save a post and use collections on Instagram. There are a ton of possibilities for your account with these features!

How to save Instagram photos with screenshots

An easy way to save Instagram pictures is by taking a screenshot. Taking a screenshot is quick and puts the photo directly into your phone’s camera roll. However, it does this at the expense of full quality and can often include elements on the screen you don’t necessarily want to save.

We have two great guides on screenshotting, including how to screenshot for iPhone and how to screenshot for Android.

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How to download Instagram photos

To maintain a higher quality image, downloading might be your best bet. 

Imagine working at one of my favorite Chicago restaurants, Happy Camper. People are often posting to Instagram with photos from this trendy joint.

As a member of Happy Camper’s marketing team, you come across a customer photo that might be great to feature on the brand’s website. While simply taking a screenshot of the photo would be quick, that could also cause a loss in image quality.

There is a simple way to download the photo in its high quality glory instead.

Although you can use this method to download photos from Instagram, make sure to respect the original poster by ensuring you have permission to use the photo. In some cases, they may even directly send you the original photo.  

The easiest method I’ve found to download an Instagram photo is with DownloadGram.

This website makes it incredibly quick and safe to download a photo from Instagram to a phone or desktop. I’ll walk through these steps for mobile – the process is almost identical on a desktop computer.

1. Using the Instagram app, find the photo you would like to download. In the top right of the photo, you’ll notice three horizontal dots. Tap these dots and then select, “Copy Link,” on the subsequent menu.


2. After copying this link, switch to your internet browser and visit Paste the copied link into the box in the center of the page and tap, “Download,” to begin downloading the photo.

3. This will open a new tab containing only the image. On your phone, tap and hold the image to bring up a menu showing, “Save Image,” and, “Copy Image,” options. Choosing to save the image this way will add it to your device’s camera roll or gallery.

How to save a photo taken with Instagram camera

Well what about your own photos? If you want a copy of a photo you have taken with the camera on Instagram, follow these steps. 

1. Go to your profile and hit the three horizontal lines in the top right corner.

instagram profile

2. From there, hit the settings option on the bottom of the menu. 

instagram settings

3. Then, hit the "Account" option. 

instagram account settings

4. Select "Original Photo" and make sure it is on. 

instagram original photo

Save up, but be cautious

There are a couple of reasons someone would want to save an Instagram photo, but it’s important to note that some services will advertise the ability to save a photo, but may be scams or send you advertisements in order to generate revenue. Play it safe by using one of these approved methods instead, and keep yourself and your Instagram account safe from sketchy downloaders.

Instagram’s native save feature is the best way to keep track of photos. If you want to download a photo for safekeeping, use a secure method, and be sure to get permission from the original poster if you intend to share it.

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How To Save Instagram Photos: 3 Safe and Easy Methods It's super easy to save Instagram photos! This guide will walk you through saving a photo on Instagram using the Collections feature, screenshotting a photo, and downloading Instagram photos.
Derek Doeing Derek is a former G2 content associate. He can usually be found discussing pop music, politics, or digital marketing on the internet. (he/him/his)

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