Downloading Your Instagram Data

23rd April 2018

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:

  • Profile
  • Comments
  • Connections
  • Likes
  • Messages
  • Searches
  • Settings

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.


  1. mikehaynes

    on 23/04/2018

    @ChrisHannah Nice! I knew this was on the way but I wasn’t aware it had launched. I wonder how long before we have a tool for importing our Instagram archives into (cc: @manton)

  2. ChrisHannah

    on 24/04/2018

    @mikehaynes That would actually be a fun little tool to work on! Or maybe just something to make it in a better readable format, like an offline webpage.

  3. oyam

    on 05/05/2018

    @ChrisHannah @mikedotfm I wrote a quick script you can use to convert the data to static files that can fit Jekyll (GitHub pages), or any other static site generators.

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