If you are an Instagram buff, you would know all about the exciting new features that were introduced over the last couple of years. From adding multiple photos to Instagram Stories to accessing DMs on PC — and there are many more. However, when it comes to downloading your old Instagram posts (and videos), sadly, the app doesn’t give us much choice. Other than grabbing a quick screenshot, there isn’t any other way. While this method may work for photos, it fails when it comes to videos. Luckily, that’s not the end of the road for us.
There are a few third-party apps like 4K Stogram, that let you download Instagram photos and videos directly to your PC. Plus, you can download and access high-quality photos, videos, and stories from your favorite Instagram accounts. Yeah, that awesome beach photo that you saw the other day? You can now grab a copy and save it in your scrapbook.
Other than that, 4K Stogram bundles several interesting features. So, if you have been looking to view your old Instagram posts on your computer, then here’s how it can help you.
Note: Downloading photos and videos from other Instagram accounts may or may not be legal. Refer to this article to understand the terms before you decide to download photos and videos from someone else’s account.
How to Download Instagram Photos and Videos on PC
4K Stogram offers a clean and fuss-free interface that is easy to navigate. Aside from Instagram user accounts, you can also access Hashtags and Locations for your search. Plus, if you log in using your personal ID, you can also check out the photos and videos of the ones you are following.
Again, we would reiterate that downloading someone else’s photos and videos without their explicit consent falls under a tricky territory that could be deemed as unethical or even qualify as stalking.
Step 1: Before you get down to the actual download process, you will need to select an output folder. The tool automatically creates a folder inside the Pictures folder. However, I would recommend you to keep the media items on a different location for better file organization.
To change over from the default folder, click on Tools > Preferences.
Select the new folder, and hit the Move button.
Step 2: Next, enter the Instagram account name in the search bar. Once you do that, you will see all the relevant names in the box. Just pick the one you need.
Step 3: After that, click on the Settings icon to access the Advanced Download Options. As you can see from the screenshot below, you will be able to customize the downloads as per your preference.
If you want the photos from a particular time frame, just enter the Start Date and the End Date and select Download photo posts from the menu.
Now, all you need to do is hit the Subscribe button. The status of the download will be shown right next to the account. If you wish to pause the said process, click on the Sync icon.
Cool Tip: Click on Show details (three-dot menu) to see all the downloaded media within the app.
Depending on your selection criteria, the download time will vary. For example, if you have chosen to download both photos and videos without mentioning the dates, the download time will be significantly longer.
The best part is that 4K Stogram automatically segregates the posts as per their type. That means you won’t have Instagram stories rubbing shoulders with a photo or a video inside the folders.
To see the folder content directly, click on the three-dot button and select Show folder.
How to Take a Backup of Your Instagram Account
4K Stogram also lets you take a backup of your Instagram account. Sure, you will need to log in using your Instagram credentials so that the app can access your account.
After you log in, click on Edit > Subscribe to > My Account, and the app will take care of the rest.
Did You Know: You can also save your bookmarked posts using 4K Stogram.
How to Copy Captions from Old Instagram Posts
Other than letting you download media items from Instagram, 4K Stogram also lets you copy captions from your old posts and videos. So, if you have recently discovered an old photo with an interesting caption, all you need to do is tap on the three-dot menu as shown in the screenshot below.
Once done, select More > Copy caption, and it will be copied to your computer’s clipboard.
This feature is handy for old photos and videos if you want to save them with some description or re-use some of them for work. While you can copy the content directly from Instagram, the constant scrolling to get to the old posts can turn out to be a time-wasting exercise.
Additional Interesting Features
As noted earlier, 4K Stogram also lets you subscribe to Hashtags and Locations. For instance, to see the shots of your favorite city, simply type the city name on the search bar and subscribe to it. The app will do the rest of the job of building the photo collection.
The same holds for Hashtags as well.
To see the newest items always on top, make sure that you select Newest to Oldest when sorting.
Instagram Downloads Made Easy
That’s how you can easily save Instagram photos and videos directly to your PC. The best part is that 4K Stogram also lets you take a backup of your account. And the high-quality downloads capability is the cherry on top.
The free version of the 4K Stogram comes with some limitations. For instance, in the free version, you can only subscribe to two accounts and can download up to 200 photos per day.
All the limitations are removed when you upgrade to the paid versions. The personal license is available for $9.95 and lets you subscribe to up to 10 accounts. It also gives you the option to download stories and posts. The Professional License is available for $30 and comes with an auto-update feature for the subscribed accounts. Both these licenses are valid for 3 computers.