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How to Save Instagram Photos on PC or Mac

May 29, 2019
Sylvia Ogweng

If you want to save a file/photo from Instagram to your own computer, there are a few ways to do it. Take a look at the options for making that content last.

Instagram is a mecca of inspiration so it’s no surprise that you want to learn how to save Instagram photos on your PC or Mac.

But since Instagram does not allow users to save images directly to their computers (due to copyright regulation), you’ve probably found yourself taking a multi-step process to save your images.

Whether you’re a brand that needs to save UGC photos for reposting, or an Instagram user who loves keeping a folder of their favourite photos, here’s how to save Instagram photos on PC or Mac when double tapping or your saved photos folder just isn’t enough!

How to Save Instagram Photos on PC or Mac:

There are 4 different ways to save Instagram photos on PC or Mac.

  1. Taking a screenshot
  2. Searching via page source
  3. Using Sked Social’s Chrome extension
  4. Saving your own Instagram photos

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Method #1: Taking a Screenshot

If size or resolution isn’t an issue for you, the easiest way to save or capture an Instagram image to your PC or Mac is by taking a screenshot.

For PC:

The most convenient way of taking a screenshot of your Instagram image on PC is using Windows’ Snipping Tool. Follow these steps to start screenshotting like a pr

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  1. Navigate to your Instagram photo within your desktop browser.
  2. Open the Snipping Tool on your PC. You can find it by selecting the ‘Start’ butting and typing ‘Snipping Tool’ into the Windows 10 search bar.
  3. Adjust your Snipping ‘Mode’ and then click ‘New’ in the menu toolbar.
  4. Select the area of the image you want to snip.
  5. After capturing your snip, select the ‘Save Snip’ button.
  6. In the Save As box, type a file name, location, and type, and proceed by clicking Save.

For Mac:

  1. Navigate to your Instagram photo within your desktop browser.
  2. Hold down Shift + Command + 4
  3. Drag to select the area of the image you need to capture.
  4. After taking a screenshot, find the image saved as a .png file on your desktop.

Method #2: Searching Via Page Source

If you want to save Instagram photos at the highest resolution possible, saving via your browser’s Page Source is your best option.

Here’s how it’s done:

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  1. Navigate to the Instagram photo you want to save in your browser.
  2. Click the “…” at the top right of the photo.
  3. Click ‘Copy Link’
  4. Enter the link in your browser’s window and press Enter/Return
  5. Access Chrome’s Page Source by clicking View > Developer > View Source in Chrome.
  6. In the ‘View Source’ window pane, click CTRL + F (PC) or Command + F (Mac) and paste or type in “.jpg”
  7. The first URL to appear is usually the image you’re want to save (highlighted below). But you may need to employ trial and error.
  8. Copy and paste the URL into another tab/window to produce a window with the image.
  9. Right-click on the image and save it to your PC or Mac.
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Method #3: Using Sked’s Chrome Extension

When you need to save Instagram photos to repost them for your user-generated content (UGC) campaign, the most efficient way to do so is using Sked Social’s Regram Chrome extension.  

Sked Social Regram allows Sked Social users.

Follow these steps to start levelling up your regram skills:

  1. After signing up for a Sked Social account or free trial, open your Chrome browser and download the extension here.  (
  2. Click the ‘Add to Chrome’ button and approve any browser prompts.
  3. Click the Sked Social Regram icon in your Chrome extension toolbar and sign in using your Sked Social account credentials.
  4. Navigate to the Instagram image link you want to regram and click Sked’s Regram icon.
  5. Enter your new caption in the caption box
  6. If you wish, you can hide hashtags in the First Comment box.
  7. ‘Queue’, ‘Schedule’ or send your post to ‘Drafts’ automatically. Note: Before queuing your posts, be sure that your queue posts have been set up in Sked Social.
  8. Click ‘Submit Post’
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Method #4: Saving Your Own Instagram Photos

If you want to save your own Instagram photos to your PC or Mac, the process is simple and quick, but requires you to enable a feature within the Instagram app before posting.

Enabling this feature automatically saves every photo to your phone in a separate album named, ‘Instagram’.

  1. Log in to your Instagram account from your mobile phone.
  2. Tap on your user icon in the lower right corner.
  3. Tap the hamburger icon in the top right corner.
  4. Hit the Settings menu, in the lower right corner.
  5. Click ‘Account’
  6. Enable ‘Save Original Photos’ by toggling the option to the right.

Over to You

If you want to learn how to save Instagram photos on PC or Mac, you’re not alone! From UGC campaigns to shoutouts or just plain-simple inspiration, the methods discussed above put you on the right track for success.

Sked Social, in particular, makes it easier to regram photos and credit them to save you precious time.  

Interested in trying out Sked Social? Sign up right here to save 5+ hours every week.


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