The discovery last week that Facebook shares what you do on the site with other companies like Microsoft and Amazon has led many of us to begin thinking (perhaps not the first time) to remove Facebook and other company-owned apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp.
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If you delete Instagram, your photos go along with it. That is, unless you support them first.
Downloading your Instagram photos and creating a backup somewhere is a good idea at all, even if you do not think to leave the platform. That said, if you're thinking about leaving, then that's something you definitely want to do. Here's how it happened:
First, start the Instagram application on your phone, then tap the profile button at the bottom right of the page. From there, tap the Menu button (three lines lined one over the other) in the upper right part of the screen and select "Settings" from the drop-down menu (it's at the very bottom).
In the middle of the next menu, you will see a list of "Download Data." Select this, then tap "Request download."
The download will not happen immediately. Instead, Instagram will send you an email when your photos are officially ready to download and will include a link to get them. The process can take up to 48 hours to fasten it and be ready to wait.
Once you have a backup, you can freely delete your account without worrying about losing your favorite look.