How to download a copy of your Instagram data

Instagram will be following WhatsApp’s footsteps in allowing in allowing users to download their data locally. Here’s how you can use this new feature to get a copy of all your photos, videos, and messages.

Instagram now allows users to download personal data

Up until recently, downloading your own photos was complicated. However, things seem to be changing as popular social platforms come under fire for selling user data.

Just like WhatsApp, Instagram now lets you download and save your data locally.

This move comes amid Facebook’s massive privacy rejig that aims to make the social network more transparent than ever before.


The download process for Instagram is slightly different than that of WhatsApp. Instead of using an in-app setting, you need to open a separate URL that walks you through the entire process.

As of now, you must use the web version to save a copy of your data. This feature is currently under development and will soon be released on both Android and iOS platforms.

Requesting your personal Instagram data

Step 1 Open this webpage using Safari or any other browser.

Step 2 Log in using your username and password like you normally do. Once you enter your credentials, you will be redirected to this page.

Step 3 Enter your password once again to confirm. 

Step 4 Once it displays the “Download Requested” confirmation, Instagram will receive your request. It may take up to 2 days for them to generate your data.

They will now start creating a file containing all your photos, videos, profile information, and messages.

Once the file is ready, you will receive a link via email where you will be able to download it. The link you receive via email shall stay alive for 4 days.

If you fail to download the file during this period, the link will become dead and you must generate another request as shown above. Instagram also suggests users download the archive only on their computers for safety reasons.

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