How To: Download High Quality Photos from Instagram

If you work within the social media realm, then you are no stranger to the content curation game. Blogs, Instagram pages, YouTube channels, etc. The race to create quality content on a consistent basis is alive and strong. When it comes to curating content, attempting to save HD photos from Instagram has proven to be no easy task.

Whether you are trying to pull a photo from a blogger you just interviewed, want to repost a photo that someone may have forgotten to send you, or simply want to add some new content to your personal IG, the days of screen shooting, cropping, and sharing a compromised photo are now over. This article will show you step by step how to  download and save high quality Instagram photos using your desktop that you can later share across any platform.
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Step 1: Open Instagram on your Desktop
Easy enough! Log in and access your Instagram account via your desktop. This way you can search and pull up any page + image you desire.

Step 2: Locate the image you’d like to download.
Find the image you’d like to download. This is where the fun begins. Click on that image to enlarge.

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Step 3: Click on “Develop” at the top of your Safari web bar and then scroll down to “Show Web Inspector”
If it isn’t there, don’t panic! You can add it to your web bar by clicking on:
Safari -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar

Step 4: Select the crosshair icon from the web developer. You’ll see it in blue in the image below (to the right of the web developer)

Step 5: Once the icon is blue, click on the image you’d like to save. You’ll notice the coding on the bottom of the screen will change slightly, this is ok.

Step 6: Click on the first arrow above the highlighted blue line, and right click the image’s URL -> open in new tab


Step 7: From there it’s as easy as right clicking the image one more time and sending it straight to your downloads.
And there you have it, a crisp and clear download of a photo from Instagram. No screen shooting and cropping required! The full process from start to finish can be seen in the video below. We broke it down step by step so you can really grasp the process. Thanks for reading! Found this article helpful? Share it with a friend by using any of the share icons below.

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