Thinking Of Deleting Your Instagram Account? Download Your Photos Before You Do

Whenever a social network changes its terms of service, the action is usually greeted with public outcry along the lines of privacy violation. Take Facebook’s recent decision to remove users’ ability to vote on changes – despite the fact an overwhelmingly small proportion of Facebook users ever exercised their right to vote on issues, the backlash was audible.

So why is this news today? Instagram has the right to sell your photos. To some people, this is like a red rag to a bull in terms of privacy violation and user exploitation. Many people are threatening to leave Instagram on account of the announcement, suggesting that the involvement of Facebook in the photo-sharing app has led to the changes in its terms of service.

Others may argue that Instagram is after all a business, providing a free service to millions of people, so they’ve got to make their money somehow if it is to continue providing that service to its users without charging them. The same people are also arguing that people who use Instagram do so in order to share photos with the world, so they should take it as a compliment if their shots are picked by the company to showcase itself.

But, everyone has their own limits and boundaries when it comes to personal privacy, and as mentioned above, people are seriously considering ditching the photo-sharing app. If you were thinking of deleting your Instagram account the obvious downside is that you would be deleting all of your photos and associated comments and likes too. However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

If you are dead-set on leaving Instagram, make sure you back up all of your content before you do so. SocialSafe allows users to download Instagram photos, comments, tags, likes and followers/following to your own PC or Mac, keeping your memories safe forever. Here’s how your Instagram shots will look when you save them to your SocialSafe offline journal:

See all your Instagram photos...

...and view them individually to see Likes, Comments and Tags.

To start using SocialSafe, simply visit our website and download the free trial for PC/Mac and begin privately downloading your Instagram content. Other networks including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn are also supported. If you have any questions please leave a comment below.


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  3. Thanks for the quick response. I use twitter and he uses linked in so we would probably upgrade to the 10 eventually. As far as privacy, we both have the other’s passwords to everything as a matter of trust in our marriage so no problems there either (although I appreciate the heads up just in case!).

    I’ve already downloaded the free trial and *love* the UI. Looking forward to using it!

    1. Haha, I didn’t want to make any assumptions about passwords etc but I thought it best to give you the full picture!

      Glad you’re enjoying the free trial 🙂

      – Andrew

  4. We are deleting our instagram and facebook accounts. Can my husband and I share a license to download both of our accounts to our shared desktop or do we need to purchase two separate licenses?
    Thanks so much for this service.

    1. Hi Melissa,

      With SocialSafe you can back up any combination of social accounts currently supported by the application. So in your situation you’d be best off going for our cheapest licence which allows four accounts to be backed up – this would enable you to back up 2x Facebook profiles and 2x Instagram accounts, which should solve your problem.

      If you then decided at a later date that you wanted to add any more networks or profiles (do either of you use LinkedIn or Twitter?) you can upgrade to either 10 or 20 accounts without losing any of the previously backed up content.

      Of course I must point out that you will both be able to view any of the content their either of you back up. So even private Facebook messages will be viewable by each other whenever either of you are browsing your collective content.

      I hope this answers your question, but if you have any further queries please feel free to drop me an email on andy@socialsafe.net and I’d be happy to talk with you further.

      Thank you for reading our blog!

      – Andrew

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