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Best 3 ways to save Instagram images on IOS, Android, and Desktop platforms in 2021

You will get exclusively researched best 3 methods to save cherishable photos on all three possible platforms in 2021.

Published: August 1, 2021 By Ozair Malik

iPhone with Instagram App open and three Instagram logos are flying in air along with title text

Instagram, no doubt, is the most popular photo-sharing app among teens and adults. As of 2021, there are 500 million daily active Instagram users that share around 95 million photos in a day.

While scrolling through your Insta feed, you might have stumbled upon lots of images that you wish to save in your mobile gallery or Desktop. Wistfully, Instagram doesn’t allow downloading images from its platform irrespective of the device and operating system.

Now, the question arises that can you download images from Instagram? The answer is YES! You can download a single image or all images of an account or a page you like. There are specific ways to fulfill your wish of saving favorite photos to cherish later.

Below, I list down the best three ways to save Instagram images on IOS, Android, and Desktop. Besides that, I also recommend reliable online and offline third-party applications available on App Stores.

Disclaimer
Beware of copyright infringement, as Instagram has a stringent policy against it. Always give the credits to the original publisher.

3 method Android, IOS, and, Desktop are mentioned.

How to Download Instagram Images on IOS?

  1. Save Instagram images by Screen Capture
  2. Download Instagram Images via a URL
  3. Download Instagram images via Third-Party Applications

Apple has some strict security and privacy policies. Hence, it is pretty challenging to download content from social networking sites, especially Instagram. But, do not worry at all, I got some hacks for you through which you can download or save those breathtaking pictures on an IOS device.

1. Save Instagram images by Screen Capture

The easiest and hassle-free way to save images from Instagram on IOS is using Screen Capture Tool. This method doesn’t require any third-party application because every IOS device has a built-in screen capture functionality.

To save a photo using the screen capture tool:

  1. Open Instagram App on an IPad or iPhone.
  2. Go to the image you want to save.
  3. Press the power and home button simultaneously.
  4. Remove the extra part of capture using Crop Tool.

Although it is the easiest way to save Instagram images on IOS, there is a downside. The quality of the picture is not like the original one. To get the quality same as the original picture, let’s explore other ways.

2. Download Instagram Images via a URL

There is another way to download images for Instagram without compromising the quality, i.e., using the URL of the image you wish to download on an IOS device. It is personally tried and tested by me. Therefore, I recommend using this method if you want the image quality same as the original.

Follow the below-mentioned steps to download Instagram images on IOS using the URL bar:

  1. Open Instagram App on an IPad or iPhone.
  2. Navigate to the image you wish to download.
  3. Tap the “3 dots” on the top right corner of your screen.
  4. Select “copy share URL”.
  5. Open Safari browser.
  6. Tap on the URL bar and select “Paste and Go”.
  7. Long press on the image and tap “Copy”.
  8. Open notes on your IOS device.
  9. Start a new note.
  10. Long press on the empty note to paste the copied picture.
  11. Tap on “Share-Button”.
  12. Choose “Save Image”.

If you successfully reach the last step, the image is saved in your camera roll. This method is pretty tricky and lengthy. However, you’ll get used to it once you perform it few times.

3. Download Instagram images via Third-Party Applications

Suppose you want to download high-quality images without much effort. In that case, there are several third-party apps available on App Store. These apps are designed to help you download and save pictures from Instagram on an IOS device.

Now, I recommend some of the best apps available on the App Store for downloading Instagram images on iPhone or IPad.

1) Repost: For Instagram

This App is the top-rated Instagram image downloader with a rating of 4.8 on the App Store. It is entirely free with no intrusive ads and has a minimal design.

The App has some cool features:

  • Repost and archive photos and videos from Instagram
  • Support for posts, stories, reels, IGTV, and Posts with multiple media
  • Ability to repost media from private profiles after signing in with your account
  • The caption is automatically copied to your clipboard for easy pasting in Instagram

To Repost or download an Instagram image:

  1. Open Instagram App.
  2. Go to the image you wish to download or repost.
  3. Tap on the “three dots” on the top right corner of your screen.
  4. Select “Copy Link”.
  5. Open Repost: For Instagram App and the post shows up automatically.

Once you reach the last step, you can repost the selected image on Instagram or save it on your iPhone or IPad.

ScreenShot of Apple App store showing Repost: For Instagram App.

2) Fastsave – Repost photo videos

This is another popular and easy-to-use Instagram image downloader App, with a rating of 4.6 on the App Store. It is also free to use and has a very simple GUI that allows users to save or repost an image with simple steps.

The App has some exciting salient features:

  • Users can view quickly collected stories in a bar at the top of the main screen.
  • You can get details of users by using a long press on saved photos and videos.
  • It offers a fast download speed.
  • The dashboard helps you to manage quickly saved photos and videos.
  • You can repost, share, and delete photos and videos.
  • Hide your saved photos and videos.

With the super user-friendly interface, you can download Instagram images in simple steps:

  1. Open the Fastsave App.
  2. Turn the switch ON.
  3. Tap on “Open Instagram”.
  4. Navigate to the favorite image.
  5. Tap on the “three dots” on the top right corner of your screen.
  6. Select “Copy Link”.
  7. Repeat step 1.

After the last step, you have your favorite image loaded in the Fastsave App. Now, it’s up to you to repost it on Instagram or save it for cherishing later.

Screen shots of Fastsave app showing step by step operation method.

There are hundreds of other such apps available on the App Store. But, I have mentioned here the most popular, high-rated, and reliable apps.

How to Download Instagram Images on Android?

  1. Save Instagram images on Android using Facebook Messenger App
  2. Save Instagram Image on Android via Screen Shot
  3. Save images on Android using Instagram Downloader

Android provides some flexibility to its users as compared to iOS. However, the Android version of Instagram also restricts the users from downloading other’s content. As discussed in the above chapter, I also share some hacks to download images from Instagram on an Android device.

Let’s look at the best three ways to save images from Instagram direct into your phone gallery.

1. Save Instagram images on Android using Facebook Messenger App

You might be wondering how I can save from Instagram using Messenger App? I understand your confusion because this method is unknown to many, yet it is easy. Moreover, you do not have to install a specific third-party Instagram downloader as Messenger is almost present on every phone. 

Follow the steps below to perform the download task:

  1. Open Instagram App on your Android phone.
  2. Search for the image you want to download.
  3. Tap on the “3 vertical dots” on the top right corner of your screen.
  4. Select “Copy Link”.
  5. Open the Facebook Messenger App.
  6. Search for “Repost Bot”.
  7. Paste the Copied link in the message box and send.
  8. Tap the download button to save the image on the device.

There are instances when the bot is down. In that case, we can use alternative methods that I discuss below.

Screen shot of Messenger showing Repost Bot account.

2. Save Instagram Image on Android via Screen Shot

Every phone has a feature that allows a user to capture the contents of the screen. You can use this feature to save from Instagram to your gallery. This is by far the easiest way to save an image. However, there is a downside to it. The image quality is degraded.

But, if you want to urgently save an image and the Repost Bot mentioned above is down, this is a handy alternative.

To save a photo via ScreenShot:

  1. Open Instagram App on your Phone.
  2. Navigate to the image you want to save.
  3. Press the “power” and “volume down” buttons simultaneously or Swipe your palm over the screen if you have gestures enabled.
  4. Remove the extra part of the image using the Crop Tool.

3. Save images on Android using Instagram Downloader

Likewise, IOS, there are a lot many 3-party Instagram downloaders available on Google Play Store. These apps are designed to assist you with the process of downloading high-quality images on your Android Device.

Now, I recommend some of the best and top-rated Instagram downloaders available on the Play Store.

1) InsTake Downloader

This easy-to-use and highly flexible App has a rating of 4.5 on the Play Store. It allows the user to download pictures, videos, stories, IGTV. You can download lots of images using the Instake Downloader as there is no maximum limit cap. However, there is a downside to it. It only has a free version that contains Ads.

Some notable features of the Instake Downloader are:

  • It is an efficient, fast, and easy to use Instagram downloader
  • You can download Reels, IGTV, and stories in high quality
  • Repost an image on Instagram directly from the App
  • It also offers a built-in offline player to watch later the downloaded content
  • You can enable dark-mode to reduce the strain on the eyes

To download an image using Instake Downloader:

  1. Open Instagram App.
  2. Go to the image you wanna download.
  3. Tap on the “3 vertical dots” on the top right corner of your screen.
  4. Select “Copy Link”.
  5. Open Instake Downloader App and paste the URL.
  6. Click “Download”.

2) Repost For Instagram – Regrann

It is one of the top-rated apps to save Instagram images to the gallery. It has 4.7 stars on Google Play Store. Amazingly, you can repost the downloaded photos without any watermark. Moreover, you do not have to follow the account for reposting its content.

It also has paid version that allows a user to schedule the posts for publishing later.

Some notable features are:

  • It has no in-app purchases
  • You can immediately download images
  • Repost images without leaving the App
  • You can also enable or disable the watermarks.
  • It also lets a user add his custom signatures.

You can download an image in 5 simple steps:

  1. Open the Instagram App.
  2. Visit the post you want to download
  3. Tap on the “3 vertical dots” on the top right corner of your screen.
  4. Select “Copy Link”.
  5. Paste the URL in Regrann and Start downloading/Reposting.

Likewise, Apple App Store, there are hundreds of Instagram downloaders available on the Google Play Store. But, I have recommended some of the personally tested top-rated, reliable, and user-friendly in the list.

Screen shots of Google Play Store showing both the Apps.

How to Download Instagram images on Desktop

  1. Save images on Desktop via Source Code
  2. Download all images from Instagram Page
  3. Download Images From Instagram Online

Although people tend to use the Instagram mobile app. But, a computer geek like me, always sitting in front of a Desktop, finds it easy to use the web app with a larger view.

While scrolling the feed, I often come across some breathtaking images and want to save them on my Desktop. Likewise, you also have had stumbled upon such beautiful pictures. Now, the real issue was how to download Instagram images on the Desktop.  Hence, I researched some methods to accomplish this task.

Here, I recommend the best three ways to download Instagram images on a desktop that I use.

1. Save images on Desktop via Source Code

The word source code might be new for you. But, it is not something very technical. This method allows you to save the highest quality images quickly without the support of any 3-party application.

You might have seen the option “view page source” when you right-click on a webpage. By clicking on this option, you land on the HTML source code of the webpage.             

Follow the following method to save from Instagram on a PC or Mac:

  1. Navigate to the image you wish to keep.
  2. Click the “3 dots” at the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Click “Copy Link”.
  4. Open a new tab.
  5. Paste the copied link in the URL bar and press Enter.
  6. Right-click on the webpage and select “view page source”.
  7. On the source code page, press CTRL + F (Windows) or Command + F (Mac).
  8. Type “.jpg” in the search bar.
  9. The first Highlighted URL that appears is most probably the image you wish to download.
  10. Copy and Paste the URL into a new tab. The required image must load.
  11. Right-click on the image and select “save image as”.

This method produces the image of quality the same as the original one. It is no doubt the easiest and dependable method to save from Instagram.

Screen shot of source code of Instagram image containing highlighted URL of image.

2. Download all images from Instagram Page

Often, you find an Instagram page with awesome content and download all the content at once to save time. But you didn’t know about a hack for this, Right?

Stop Googling and follow the method explained below to fulfill your long-lasting wish.

  1. Open the Instagram page.
  2. Scroll down till the end to load all the posted images.
  3. Right-click on the empty space of the webpage and select “Save as”.
  4. Hit the “Save” button on the new pop-up window that appears.
  5. Go to the destination folder and remove the HTML file. 

After the last step, you are left with all the images posted on that Instagram page. This is a handy way to download all the photos at once. Although this hack is unknown to many and people waste time on Googling different methods for bulk download.

3. Download Images From Instagram Online

Suppose you are a novice user and find those mentioned above little technical methods hard to apply. Do not worry at all; many web-based online Instagram downloaders are available to assist you in the process.

Personally, I love to use online tools because they are easy to access. Besides that, I am very conscious about downloading third-party software on my Desktop due to security risks.

Here are some of the handy online Instagram downloaders:

  1. DownloadGram.org
  2. keeppost.com
  3. Inflact.com
  4. Igram.io
  5. Instadownloader.co

All these tools are similar in operation and require only the URL of the original image. You just need to copy the URL of the image and paste it into the tool.

Conclusion

You have exclusively researched and tested tutorials for all three platforms, .i.e. IOS, Android, and Desktop. Now, you know how to download from Instagram, and saving the photos to cherish later would not be an issue for you.

So what are you waiting for? Go and deep dive into the ocean of photos on Instagram while downloading the favorite ones right away.

Please feel free to comment below if you come across any other reliable solution. I would love to hear from you.

Happy Gramming!

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Ozair Malik
A passionate Cyber Security researcher and writer with a keen interest in Digital Forensics. A community worker running a insta blog to raise cybersecurity awareness among laymen.

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