How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC (Mac & Windows)

If you love pictures, you’ll definitely love Instagram. In its 5 years of existence, Instagram has recorded a huge success with over 300 million users accessing the site per month. Apart from sharing pictures publicly or privately, videos (15 seconds maximum time) can also be shared on Instagram.

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Instagram as a social network has come to stay, embraced and loved by so many. Instagram users can upload, view, like and comment on pictures and videos by using the native Instagram app for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. Other third party apps can be used to access Instagram on Blackberry and Nokia Symbian phones.

How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC? Is it really possible? Would I not have to use a third party app? Would I not have to screenshot and then crop?

The desktop version of instagram only allows users view, like and comment on pictures and videos; it does not allow users upload pictures, at least not yet.

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As a regular Instagram user on PC, you must have tried at one time or the other to download a picture from Instagram but found it impossible.

In this post, I’ll reassure you that Impossible is nothing – I’ll show you how to download an Instagram picture on a PC – Windows and Mac – without using any third part application or screenshot.

Step One: How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Open the web browser on your PC, and enter http://instagram.com, you can then search for the user whose picture you intend saving. For example, I’ll search ‘gidicars’.

How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Alternatively, if you know the username already, you can add it to the url. Here’s an example: Lets say I intend saving a picture which Gidi Cars posted, Gidi Cars’ handle on Instagram is ‘Gidicars’, so I’ll enter http://instagram.com/gidicars, which would take me directly to Gidi Cars profile as seen in the picture.

Step Two: How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Look through the pictures in the profile and then select the picture you wish to download.

How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

When you click the picture, the picture itself would usually take a center stand, while comments would be shown at the right hand side of the screen.

Step Three: How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Right click on the picture (Ctrl + Click if you’re on Mac) and then Click ‘View Page Source’. A page should open in a new tab – the page source.

How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Step Four: How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

The page source would contain letters and characters that ordinarily might not make any sense to you, but not to worry. In there will we find our picture.

How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Step Five: How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Press ⌘ + F (command + F on Mac), this will enable you use the ‘Find’ function in your browser. Now type ‘jpg’ and hit the enter key.

How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

All the texts in the page source that has ‘jpg’ would be highlighted. We would only be concerned with the very first text that has ‘jpg’.

Step Six: How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Highlight and copy the entire url where the first ‘jpg’ text was highlighted. You can use ⌘ + C (Command + C on Mac) to copy. Now open a new tab and paste the copied text in the address bar of your browser and hit enter.

How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Step Seven: How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC

Wow! That’s the picture. Right click and then click ‘Save Image As’. You can now download save the image to your desired location on your PC.

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That’s how to download an Instagram picture on a PC without the use of a third party app or screenshot.

I hope you found this useful?

Should you have any difficulties, drop a message in the comment box and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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  1. Fay February 26, 2016 Reply
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