Not happy about Facebook buying Instagram? Here's how to export your photos and delete your account!

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While some people will no doubt be thrilled that Facebook has just bought Instagram, and certainly many couldn't care less one way or t'other, there will be some folks who don't like, use, or trust Facebook when it comes to their personal photos. If you're one of them, and you're now looking for a way to export your photos out of Instagram and close your account, here's how to get it done.

How to export your photos from Instagram

One of the fastest ways to export your photos from Instagram, whether it's to leave the service or simply to create a backup, is with A free web-based service, it will quickly and painlessly let you download a copy of all your Instagrams right to your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC.

  1. On your PC, go to
  2. Click on Sign in with Instagram
  3. Enter your Instagram username and password
  4. Click on Yes to authorize's access to your Instagram photos
  5. Click on Start Export.
  6. Wait.

Depending on how many Instagram photos you have, it could take a while to finish. When you're done, a zip file containing all your Instagrams will be safely stores in your default downloads folder.

How to delete your Instagram account

If for some reason merely backing up your Instagram photos isn't enough and you decide you want to kill it entirely, bury it upside down, and salt the earth before Facebook gets access to your content, here's how to close your account:

  1. Browse to
  2. Choose a reason
  3. Click Continue

Finish up your account removal and you're done, footloose and Facebook free.

Do you really want to delete your Instagram account just because they were bought by Facebook?

Make sure you carefully, cautiously consider if you really want to delete your Instagram account just because Facebook bought them. It's easy to get swept up in emotions when something you love is acquired by someone you don't trust or dislike, but it's worth taking a moment to think it over.

Once you've decided for sure, jump into our photography forum and tell us why you decided the way you did, and what other photo sharing service or services you might be considering switching to?

Via: @SteveStreza

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Rene Ritchie

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Not happy about Facebook buying Instagram? Here's how to export your photos and delete your account!


For what it's worth, it's being reported that Instagram will continue to function as an 'independent entity'.

Kim Miller linked to you today on her blog, so I hope you don't mind I've added you on igarsntam because of it! That third photo is pretty rad!

I don't have a problem with facebook... I use it everyday, but I am still ticked off by this. I absolutely hate the whole facebook integration thing and i dont want to have every single thing i use online controlled by a "Big Brother". Someone needs to stop that company from its internet monopolizing plans.

Agreed; I had Instagram for a while, and while I like all the filters and I dig the whole concept, I just wasn't using it enough to justify letting it take up space on my phone. I deleted both it and FB and don't miss them.

If you absolutely refuse to use Instagram now, but liked the idea, check out EyeEm. It's basically the same idea as the old Instagram with a little different interface.

Hopefully all the pix of cats, self shots of tweens in the mirror and saved pix off mobile safari will go away......

Have it, never used it yet, deleting it
Anything that has to do with Facebook is of no interest to me

I like instagram and am so-so on FB. But let's see what happens and take action if and when action is necessary. Thanks for the export tip though, been wanting to backup my pics!

I love how people complain for everything, they give you games, platforms, integration, social content, personal online storage, all for free of course, yet Facebook is evil. I seriously try to find a flaw to Facebook over other 'equivalent' alternatives. Facebook is so superior, I guess only programmers will understand its quality.

you guys are saying instagram is over rated i have news for you Facebook is over rated. i see people checking for updates like they are important on the ferry at 8 am give me a break. i never had Facebook never will goes for instagram too

  • Ok, this tells me how you are getting some of those cool efetfcs I've been seeing in your photos. Guess I've got more stuff to explore, even though I'm just a hey, that's kinda interesting picture-taker and not a real photographer!

It's not that big of a deal to me... that's just a lot of cake ($$$) to spend on Instagram. WTF.

I don't understand why people are ranting about deleting their account because they were bought by Facebook. (Not on this site, but on various other sites across the web, the backlash is intense.)
I mean read the press release, Instagram will continue to be developed as a a separate application and will continue to have the option NOT to share photos to Facebook.

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Color me confused about people being outraged at this as well. Instagram, before acquisition, was still a social network where anything you put on there was in the public domain. It has privacy settings that you can take advantage of if so you choose, but Facebook does as well.
Here's a surefire way to to keep "Big Brother" from watching you: don't use social networks. Boom.

I deleted mine as soon as I found out about this. I want nothing to do with Facebook or anything that has anything to do with Facebook. There are plenty of other apps and websites out there that are a lot better anyway.

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I deleted my account because of the buyout. I understand that it's been said that Instagram will continue to be run as a separate entity, but I don't trust Facebook not to change things in weird ways I don't like and make it hard for me to figure out what to do about it or to do what it says it's going to do in the first place. This is also why I deleted my Facebook account.

I hate to sound stupid but if I don't know what Instagram is do I need to even be concerned with this acquisition?? I'm sure many of you will lol about this post!!!

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