Instagram announced a couple of weeks ago that it would soon introduce a tool so users could download their information, similar to how Facebook users can. True to its word, Instagram has announced the availability of the tool that allows users to download their photos, videos, profile, info, comments, and archived Stories.
The “Data Download” tool can be accessed directly from here or via the Instagram App’s privacy settings. The social media site says that it can take up to 48 hours to collect all the necessary data and that it will send a download link to the user’s address when it is ready. While Instagram is covering its bases with the 48-hour turnaround policy, my data was available to download within minutes of using the tool. For the moment, the tool is presently available to everyone via a browser, with access via Android and iOS still rolling out, according to TechCrunch.
To download your data, simply head to Instagram on your browser, select your profile and then tap on the gear icon. Tap on Privacy and Security and scroll down and choose Request Download. Once done, enter the email address you’d like Instagram to send the download link to and wait until it arrives in a .zip file.
Instagram hasn’t done this out of the goodness of its heart, it has done so to comply with Europe’s GDPR privacy law that will come into law on May 25. The introduction of the tool means that for the first time, Instagram users stuck using the service because the content they uploaded couldn’t be retrieved can now choose to either stay with Instagram or download their data and move to a different service.