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How to Download Your Instagram Data with Data Download

By FonePaw | May 14 , 2018

Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook and has now added a feature: the ability for users to download their data.


If you are an Instagram user and you want to see what kind of private information is worth storing on the Instagram's servers, or you want to save your photos, videos, and stories before deleting your account, the new Instagram "data download" option will allow you to take all your data away when you leave.


Download Instagram Data


1. How to Download All Your Instagram Data


Now, the data download function is mainly provided in the web version, which allows users to export their photos, profile, videos, archived stories, information, comments, and non-ephemeral messages, although your download could take hours to a few days to complete. It's easy to download your Instagram data with "Data Download" and  I'm going to show you how.

Step 1. Go to instagram.com. and sign in with your account, or with your Facebook account.

Step 2. Go to your profile and click on the gear icon next to your Edit Profile option.


Instagram Profile Settings


Step 3. Select Privacy and Security.


Instagram Privacy and Security


Step 4. Then Scroll down to Data Download section and click Request Download.


Instagram Request Download


Note: You will need to enter the password for your Instagram account to initiate the data download request. It takes up to two days for the request to complete but in most cases.
When you get an email in which Instagram send you a link, you can click the link to download your Instagram data.


2. What Are the Downloaded Instagram Data


The data downloaded include almost everything you have on Instagram, including your profile information, everything you've searched on the Instagram, all the people you followed, every post you like, the messages you send to other users, all the photos & videos you have posted, and all the story you've shared. These files do not include advertisements you read or interact with. It also does not include the sorts of advertising that you may be interested in.


The photos and videos that are downloaded through the "Data Download" function of Instagram can be viewed in JPG and MP4 formats, but the other data are JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) format.


JSON is very easy to understand and common format for data storage and exchange, especially on applications and websites. A JSON file is a file that stores simple data structures and objects. It contains data in a standard data interchange format which is lightweight, text-based, and human-readable. There are many programs that can open JSON files. You can easily find a program on the Internet to help you read the data.


Json Files


Programs that open JSON files:



Json Files Viewer Windows




Json Files Viewer Mac




Json Files View Linux


Tip: Download Instagram Photos & Videos


However, Data Download, this feature allows users to Download their own accounts Data, users can't save other users to send photos or video if you want to Download the video or photos of others, I recommend to use vidpaw.com to Download. The steps are simple, as follows:


VidPaw Downloader


Step 1. Directly paste the video link you want to download.

Step 2. Select the target format and the desired quality.

Step 3. Click "Download" to start to download the video safely.


Note: Since this may violate someone's privacy, you'd better download it after you get permission from the other person.

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