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 Instaport.me. 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.
- On your PC, go to http://www.instaport.me
- Click on Sign in with Instagram
- Enter your Instagram username and password
- Click on Yes to authorize instaport.me's access to your Instagram photos
- Click on Start Export.
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:
- Browse to https://instagram.com/accounts/remove/request/
- Choose a reason
- 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?