Now that Facebook has splashed $1 billion on Instagram, users of the photo sharing social network are left with something of a quandary. With Facebook itself already finding itself to be hated by much of the online community for perceived privacy violations, some are already fearing the worst for Instagram.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has already said that Instagram will be kept around even after this huge sale has gone through, but that will not stop people from worrying what will happen to the service over the coming weeks and months.
With that concern in mind, some Instagram users are already wondering how they can get their photos out of the service, should the need arise. As is usually the case with these things though, there is indeed a solution, and it is as easy as visiting a web site and handing over your Instagram credentials.
Instaport is that web site, and it allows the downloading of either an entire Instagram stream, or photos based on a selection of criteria from date ranges to the tags used. Great if you want to download everything that was tagged with #pianocat, for example.
Using Instaport could not be easier. Simply visit the web site and give the web app your Instagram credentials. If you’re worried that Facebook is going to kill Instagram then the chances are you won’t be too concerned about handing over access to your account, and we don’t see any reason to worry regardless.
Once signed in, users can then choose the date range from which to download photos, just download the last X number of images, or choose to get just photos tagged in a particular way. You can even download all the images that belong to other people and that you liked, which is interesting.
Telling Instaport to do its thing results in a handy zip file, which houses all the images you requested. It’s super simple, and a great way to get all of your photos out of Instagram should you so desire. It’s also a good way to simply back up your photos, even if you don’t plan on leaving Instagram any time soon.
Instaport is a free web app that does exactly what it says on the tin. If you need to download Instagram images en-masse, then this is the way to do it.