How To Export or Download Your Photos From Instagram and Close Your Account

With Facebook’s recent purchase of Instagram, people are bailing out in their thousands and looking for other alternatives. Facebook have clearly had a disastrous effect on the site they are buying, with many fearing what Zuckerberg’s company will do to the photo sharing service. If you are one of those wanting out, here is a very simple guide on how to do just that, showing you how to download or transfer your photos to another service and close your Instagram account.

Exporting/Downloading Your Photos

There are two services you can use for this, both of which make it dead easy. The first of these is Instaport. All you have to do is head over to their website and sign in with your Instagram account. You can then choose whether you want to download your photos directly onto your computer in a .zip file or simply export them to Flickr, another very popular photo sharing service that Instagram leavers are turning to.

The alternative to that is Gramgrab, which lets you browse through your photos, view details about them and download them to your computer. As far as I can see this doesn’t offer Flickr export options, so if you are a Flickr user, the first choice is probably the better option.

Deleting Your Instagram Account

So you’ve completely had enough, and want to show Facebook exactly what you think. No better way to that than delete your account, which is a doddle.

All you have to do is go to their accounts removal page here, enter your account information and send off your request. Once you do this everything you had on Instagram will be lost forever, so if you haven’t backed up anything, I highly recommend using the steps above. Something that you think you don’t need now could just be really important to you in the future.

It’s a really easy process, and there is no better way to protest against Facebook’s takeover than going through with it. And if you’re now stuck with loads of Instagram photos on your desktop which you want to share, then worry not, as a post with the top three alternatives is in the pipeline, so stay tuned.

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I've been a passionate evangelist for Apple and the Macintosh throughout my working life, my first love was a Quadra 605 working with a small creative agency in the south of Norfolk UK in the mid 1990's, I later progressed to other roles in other Macintosh dominated industries, first as a Senior graphic designer at a small printing company and then a production manager at Guardian Media Group. As the publishing and printing sector wained I moved into Internet Marketing and in 2006 co-founded which grew to become one the top 200 visited sites in the US (according to Quantcast), at its peak receiving over 15 million visits per month. For the last ten years I have worked as an Affiliate and Consultant to many different business and start ups, my key skill set being online marketing, on page monetisation, landing page optimisation and traffic generation, if you would like to hire me or discuss your current project please reach out to me here.

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