Social Media Instagram How to Download Everything Instagram Knows About You Download your data from Instagram by Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated on November 18, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Instagram The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Introduction Instagram Basics How to Use Instagram Instagram Tips for Beginners Check Messages on Instagram Add or Change an Instagram Background Search Instagram for Tags and Users Add Music to Instagram Video Use Instagram Video Chat Try Instagram Shopping Get Verified on Instagram Clear Search History on Instagram Posting on Instagram The Best Time to Post Save a Draft of a Post Repost an Instagram Story See Previously Liked Posts Post a GIF to Instagram Add Multiple Photos to Stories Save Instagram Videos How to Quickly Repost Photos Saving Photos Deleting Photos and Videos View Saved Posts With Instagram Collections Working With Followers Mute Someone on Instagram See Who Unfollowed You on Instagram Block Someone On Instagram Unblock Someone on Instagram See Who Viewed You Great Tools to Track Comments Remove Followers on Instagram Tips to Get a Shoutout on Instagram Attract More Instagram Followers Delete 'Suggestions for You' IG Tips & Tricks Instagram Tips and Tricks to Try Add Highlights on Instagram Learn About Instagram Direct Use Instagram's Close Friends Feature How to Delete or Deactivate Your Account Reactivate Your Account Reset Your Password Get Started With Location Tagging How to Repost Shoot Videos with Instagram Video Understanding IG Privacy & Security Hide Your Story on Instagram Does IG Send Screenshot Notifications? 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Use Instagram on a PC or Mac Get Instagram for iPad What is the Galaxy S10 Instagram Mode? View Instagram on the Web Online Connect Instagram to Facebook Tools for Posting From the Desktop Tweet Share Email As with most social media services, Instagram keeps a record of your activities. While most of this data is used to improve your Instagram experience, it can be unsettling to learn that the company stores certain information about you. To ease your concerns, download a copy of all data points that are logged on its servers. You can use these downloaded files, which include your photos and comments, to migrate to a new social media site. How to Download Instagram Data Using a Web Browser When you want to download your Instagram data using a web browser, follow these steps: Go to instagram.com and log in. Select your Profile button, represented by a head and torso and located in the upper-right corner of the screen. Select Settings represented by a gear icon. On the Instagram settings page, select Privacy and Security from the left menu pane. When your account's privacy and security settings display, scroll down to the Data Download section, then select Request Download. Enter the email address where you want the download link sent to, and select Next. When prompted for your Instagram password, enter it, and select Request Download. It may take up to 48 hours to receive the link. Click the link to download your photos, comments, profile details, search history, contacts, messages, likes, and other user-specific information. How to Download Instagram Data Using the iOS or Android App You can also download your Instagram data using the Instagram app. Open the Instagram app and log in if necessary. Tap your Profile icon, located in the lower-right corner of the screen and represented by a head and torso. Select the menu icon represented by three stacked lines. Choose Settings (the gear icon). Tap Security. Choose Download Data. Enter the email address you use with Instagram and select Request Download. Enter your password on the next screen and tap Next. Select Done. It may take up to 48 hours to receive the link. Click the link to download your photos, comments, profile details, search history, contacts, messages, likes, and other user-specific information. What to Do When Your Data Download Is Ready You'll receive an email notification when the download is ready. The download file is a compressed ZIP archive containing the images associated with your account and individual JSON-formatted files for each of the data types. You can view these files with a text editor such as Notepad. Limit the Amount of Data Instagram Keeps Your Instagram data set includes a significant amount of information. These are items that you provided through your uploads, comments, settings, and other actions while using the service. Do you want to limit the amount of data Instagram has about you? If so, share less information and connect with fewer people. Instagram saves everything you do. And, when you delete a comment or a photo, for example, there's no guarantee that it will be deleted from the data set associated with your profile.