How to download your Instagram photos to your Windows, macOS or GNU / Linux PC

There are several ways to get Instagram photos, but most of them vary depending on your browser and require you to inspect the elements and swim between the source code of the website. You can also use third-party applications, but whenever you can do without them we will save you install one more application, with the risk to our security that can be done with those we do not know.

However, there is a little trick on the web of the social network that makes everything much easier. It has to do with the way Instagram shows web addresses or URLs, and only by making a small change in them you can download any photo in any browser from any operating system.

Instagram has blocked the option to download the images in your browser, so when you right click on one you will not see the option to save as. What we are going to do is simply add a parameter to the image URL to skip this block.

Skipping the Instagram download block

The first thing you have to do is enter normally on Instagram . As you would on your mobile, explore the social network until you find the photo you want to download, and when you do it open it . For that, click on it, although you can also right click and choose the Open link option in a new tab .

Now look in the address bar, because depending on how you did it you will have one address or another. If you have opened the image in a new tab or window you will have the basic URL, which will be similar to this “” . On the other hand, if you have simply clicked on it you will have one last part specifying whose photo it is: “” .

To download the image, all you have to do is add “/ media /? Size = l” (with lowercase L) to the basic address of the photo, either by adding the text in the first case or replacing it with the ” taken-by = “in the second. With the examples above, the address should look like this: “ / media /? Size = l . In bold we have put the text you have to add.

By doing this you will directly enter the photo, and not on the Instagram page that serves the photo. This will no longer be on the social network website, and blockages will not be applied to the downloads it has configured. The lowercase L is important at the end of the code, as it indicates that you want to view its full size version.

You will know that you have done well if you load a window in which only the photo you have chosen is seen. The URL will no longer be from Instagram and you will see the Facebook icon, and now when you right click on the photo you will see the option Save image as . With it you can download the photo in high quality.