Copying photos from an Instagram feed

Before you get all huffy, let me explain: There are legitimate reasons to copy photographs from someone else’s Instagram feed. Case in point: You’re a retail store and you offer a curated selection of items from different manufacturers. They don’t have time to continually send you photos, so they say “just use our Instagram feed.”

This post explains how to use your computer to photos from an Instagram feed:

  • Open the Instagram photo that you want to copy. You’ll see something that looks a bit like this. I enlarged the comments on the right so you can see where to click. Click on the three dots (marked here with a red circle), and choose “Copy link” from the menu that appears.
  • Then head over to and paste the URL into the dialog box that appears. Scroll down, and you’ll be able to right-click the image and save it to your desktop.

A couple of “deep dive” issues are worth mentioning here. First of all, you used to be able to copy images from Instagram feeds without the aid of an extra website or software. It involved viewing the source code, searching for the file suffix “.jpg,” copying that URL into your browser, and then saving the picture. Recently, it appears Instagram has changed its platform so you can’t do this.

Secondly, Instasave is not the only website that allows you to do this. It is, however, the only one I’ve found that doesn’t force you to enable creepy browser extensions. I’ve been using it for several weeks now without any difficulty. If you do use it, please remember your manners (and the law) and don’t copy other people’s stuff without permission.