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How to back up your Instagram content

backup your Instagram

UPDATED MAY 2022

Instagram recently added a feature that lets you download an entire backup of your Instagram account including comments, photos, stories, videos, liked pictures, and more.

Why should you backup your Instagram content?

Back in November, I wrote an Instagram post about how to secure your Instagram content by downloading your data. That post was prompted by several people I know having their accounts hacked, and they lost ALL of their images (six year’s worth), as they hadn’t saved them anywhere else (eek!)

So a few months have passed, and you’ve probably uploaded dozens, if not hundreds of posts, stories and DMs since then, so it’s time to do a backup in case of disaster…

To get a copy of all of your Instagram Data:

1. Go to your Insta profile & tap on the Menu (3 lines at top right).

2. Tap Your Activity.

3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Download your Information.

4. Enter your email address.

5. Enter your Instagram password.

6. Tap Done.

Instagram will email you a link to a file/s with your photos, comments, profile information and more.

It can take up to 48 hrs to collect the data and email it to you.

The link only works for four days from the time you receive it, so it’s best to save your files when you receive the email link.

As my data folders are large (approx 2gb in total), I download them to my Dropbox for safekeeping and to free up space on my computer.

Tip

I have a reminder in my calendar to do this every 3 months, so I have regular backups of my content.

The benefit of this is that you now have a copy of ALL of the content you have ever shared on your profile. This content can then be re-used in case you are hacked and need to start a new account. It’s also great just to have all of your content securely saved in one place. 

I hope you found this useful and can now safely secure ALL of your Instagram content/data.

If you’d like more tips on how to grow your social following, I post tips daily on my Insta account and would love to connect with you there – @annemaree.c.


LEARN MORE

Chookapeck offers a range of self-paced courses that are perfect for small-business owners and creatives.

Whether you’re a newbie or an old hand, you’ll learn Instagram strategy, tips and tricks in a friendly and supportive environment.

You can read more about Chookapeck Courses here.

Do you need to dive a little deeper into your social media? Then a One-on-one Coaching session could work for you. Available for clients worldwide and held via Zoom (or in-person if located in the Barossa region), the sessions are 60 or 90 minutes long. You can read more about 1:1 Coaching here.

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I also regularly post tips on my Facebook or Instagram pages – and I’d love you to stop by and say hi.

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Annemaree

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