Have you recently gotten the itch to clear out your social media? Perhaps it was the Cambridge Analytica data scandal? Perhaps it was brought on by Zuckerberg’s testimony in front of the Senate? Or maybe you just want to just get rid of it period. Well in the case of Instagram this used to mean you losing everything. All the photos, videos and anything else you added would be gone unless you painfully went through screenshot each photo and then saved them. If you were a longtime user or even a really frequent poster this sounds like slow torture. Instagram announced today that you can now download all of your data from it. Here’s what you need to do.
How do I download my data??
So first, you need to go to Instagram on the web. The feature isn’t available via the app as of right now but is expected to be. Navigate to your profile (by clicking on the person icon in the upper right hand corner. After that click on the little cog, wrench thing beside “Edit Profile”. Next you want to select “Privacy and Security” then scroll down to Data Download. It will then let you know that in about 48 hours you will receive a link with a copy of all of your data. In the small box on that page will be the email that you signed up for Instagram with. Double-check it, or change it if you’re using a different primary email. Then hit next. Done.
So if you’re thinking about scrapping Instagram for a few but want to save those memories this is a much simpler way to do it. This came after seeing there was no way to retrieve your data from Instagram as you could with Facebook. I mean it is your data, right? Think this should be a standard for all social media platforms or any that house your data in some way.