Use Copygram to Download Your Instagram Photos as One File

Q: I started using Instagram right after the service debuted and I've built up quite a collection of photographs on my account since then. They're great. One problem: I can't figure out how to download them to my computer so that I can use them elsewhere. Am I stuck sending myself one image at a time?


A: Instagram is a wildly popular service that still operates out a tiny San Francisco office with a team of just five. Those individuals are more focused on building a quality product and improving with each release and iteration than on figuring out their Web strategy. But an open API makes it possible for outside developers to construct interfaces that incorporate Instagram. So, Copygram is nothing new, but it is one of the most comprehensive Web-based applications to date.

With it, Instagram users can quickly and easily download a copy of their entire Instagram archive to their computers in a .zip file. To participate, all you have to do is visit the site, enter your Instagram handle and an email address, and click 'Develop.' The .zip file will come to you in an email, which will also include a shortened link pointing to a spot on the Copygram site where your pictures live.

But Copygram, a Swedish company founded this past May, doesn't stop there, something you might have suspected after visiting its website, which is more complicated than that of other Web-based applications. Copygram allows you to use its Web interface to surf through the photographs of other Instagram accounts and, should you find something of interest, download it to your computer. And a partnership with SnapFish allows you to print out Instagram photos directly from the Copygram site.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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