How to save high-resolution versions of your Instagram photos

Once you've posted a photo using Instagram, the incredibly popular social photo network, it's locked into its tiny filtered form. Instagram doesn't even let you download it after the fact — you need to screenshot it or resort to a third-part ripper, even for your own photos. What Instagram does let you do, however, is set it to save a high resolution "2048x2048" version of your final, filtered photo to your camera roll as you post it. (I put the resolution in quotes because it really seems to vary, sometimes a bit lower, sometimes higher.) To save those original photos, all you have to do is enable the feature.

How to turn on Instagram's save-to-Camera Roll setting

  1. Launch Instagram from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Me tab at the bottom left.
  3. Tap on the Settings icon at the top right.
  4. Scroll down and toggle Save Original Photos to on.

Once that's enabled, Instagram will save a high-resolution copy of all your finished, filtered photos to your Camera Roll.

How to easily find your original, high-res Instagram photos

  1. Launch Photos from your Home screen
  2. Tap on the Albums tab at the bottom middle.
  3. Scroll down and tap on the Instagram album.

All the same photos can be found in your Camera roll, but the album collects them in one, easier to browse place.

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6 Comments
  • Cute pic of Leanna Lofte's daughter =) Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm under the impression that this only works for saving your own photos that you've taken through the instagram app, correct? This option doesn't help if I want to save a friend's photo at full resolution? Sent from the iMore App
  • Yes, that seems to be the behaviour. The album folder appeared after I took a photo from within the app. Sent from the iMore App
  • Usually what I do is actually take a photo of what I want first, and then upload it to Instagram. It's an extra step but at least my original photo is already saved. Also, unless your phone is Jailbroken, then it appears there is no way to save a friends photo.
  • Hi all, I have one (maybe stupid) question: i turned on saving original photos few weeks ano, but in Instagram folder aren't all photos I posted sice I turned on saving. Any idea why it doesn't work correctly for me? Thanks
  • The ME button was on Bottom Right for me. Just saying.