Many people, including myself, are trying to move away from Facebook and their related apps/services. But before you delete any accounts, it’s obviously ideal if you can retrieve any data first.
With Instagram, you can request to download your data, and they’ll send a link where you can download all your images, videos, and stories.
You also get
.json files for a lot of the associated data:
So they really do give you everything!
To download your data:
- Go to the Instagram website.
- Click on the profile icon in the top right.
- Click on the Settings cog next to “Exit Profile”.
- Choose “Privacy and Security”.
- Scroll down to the “Data Download” section.
- Click “Request Download”.
Instagram will then package up all your data, and send you an email with a link to the .zip archive.
Instagram announced on their blog, that they now support adding up to 10 photos and videos in just the single post.
You now don’t have to worry about selecting the best photo, or not posting all of them because you don’t want to flood your followers feeds. This feature removes that problem.
The posts look nearly identical, except you can swipe left and right to navigate through the photos/videos. You’ll see if a post has many items, if you can see the line of blue dots beneath it.
When you’re creating a new post on Instagram, you’ll see the new “Select Multiple” option appear, which means you can select up to 10 different items to appear in the post.
One you’ve done that you press Next as usual, and you can apply a filter to all of them at once, you can still select one of them and edit as usual. At the minute multiple photo/video posts only support square formats, and there is the one caption for the whole post.
This is a nice addition to Instagram, and one I would of made good use of in my recent trip to Barcelona. I like the idea of Instagram Stories, but sometimes I don’t want to worry about saving them manually to my phone just so I don’t lose them. Now instead of posting separate posts about the same event, you get to show more of your photography skills off in less space!
If for some reason you haven’t got Instagram, then you can download it from the App Store.
(You can also follow me.)