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How to Download Instagram Private Account Pictures and Videos

Instagram is the most famous social network where millions of people stay active through attractive photography. It is the third most used social app after Facebook and Twitter. Instagram has developed privacy settings due to which,  only their followers can view the content of private accounts. Although public accounts can easily be seen, viewing or downloading Instagram private account photos is difficult as it requires your follower request to be approved by that account.

Time Saver Edition: The below methods specified work all the time but may take you a while to implement if you are not a tech savvy. There is a software developed by one of our partner that makes things easy. That’s YoutubeByClick , it not only allows you to download Youtube music and videos but also lets you download Instagram Videos and photos with a simple click. Check more details here How to Download Instagram Pictures with YouTubeByClick 


There are many tricks to download Instagram photos and videos of private account holders, but all these require an installation software or app or online surveys. Using all bogus software or apps may turn out to be malicious.

None of the tools available online will help you in Downloading Instagram Account Private Pictures. But we have a solution !

All websites will say to enter the username and it does some random action to make you believe that it is a hacking trick and it works. However, they end up in a section it asks you to Download some Software (Probably Malicious) else says to Complete a Survey for download the picture.

Trust Me! None of those methods work. Instagram is very secure and doesn’t allow you to peep into private accounts.

Coming to the point, there two cases to downloading pictures from private account of Instagram.

  1. If you are following the person on Instagram.
  2. If you are not a follower of the Private Instagram User.

People who belong to the second case can directly skip into the 2nd method. Click here.

How to Download Instagram Pictures with YouTubeByClick Software


Using the software is pretty simple, download the software and install it. Now copy paste the link of the account from your browser to fetch the photos and videos. As said earlier, this software only works when you are following a private person and no issue with public accounts. Click here to download  YoutubeByClick  .

How to View / Download pictures of a Private Instagram Account being a Follower

For a normal Instagram account ( i.e non-private accounts ), there are many methods to download picture such as if you can get the URL of the photo , you can download it from websites like , , etc.


As shown in the screenshot above, for a non-private account we can copy the shareable link of the photo by clicking on the Options Button >> Copy Share URL. We can see a message popping up confirming that you’ve copied the URL.

But for a private Instagram account , we don’t find any such additional options to Copy URL’s of the photo.



So, this makes the downloading process a little complicated. To download these pictures, you need a PC before you. Switch on your computer and Open a browser (Google Chrome preferred).

Using this method, you can download any photo from a public Instagram account and private account as well if you are their follower.

Step 1

Open in your browser and login to your account using Facebook Sign In or using your account credentials.



Step 2

Search for the person you want to download pictures. Make sure you that are his/her follower,


Step 3

After getting into their profile, Click on the picture you want to download. Here I’m trying to download the third picture from his profile.



Step 4

After clicking on the picture, the picture pops out into a frame. Now place your mouse cursor on the picture and right-click on it. Select the option Inspect.



Step 5

After you click on Inspect facing on the picture, you will be able to as below; where the fields with blue colour are highlighted initially.



Here comes the main part. Select the line above the blue one, ( In the above screenshot, it is with red border and pointed with arrows). Click on the ► symbol which expands the code further.


Step 6

As shown above, a new code part will appear below it. Now carefully place your cursor on the link somewhere inside the red rectangle as shown in the screenshot below and right click on it. Select Open in a new tab option.


Step 7

And that’s it. The image will open in a New Tab. The image will be of full resolution. To save the image, Right click on the Image and select Save Image as Option.

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PRO Tip: To get the picture in full resolution, you have to do a little workaround with the URL. In the above step, we have the photo URL with us.

An Instagram photo URL will look something like this:

Now, to get the image in full resolution, remove the portion of the URL after /vp/ to the last numbers_numbers_numbers.jpg ( Remove the text with red colour)

The URL with full resolution image looks like this now.

How to View / Download pictures of a Private Instagram Account without Following

If you are here, you probably might have tired by filling surveys to get a software which will download pictures of a private Instagram user. It is practically impossible for such software to exist. Without following you cannot download the photos of a Private Instagram user. However,  I have a technique through which you can download profile picture of Private Instagram Account. Below is a simple method using which you can download Instagram profile picture without using any software. Well, this article is for those Instagram lovers who would love to download the photos of their crush or their first love or an infatuation for a friend. 😛

At the end of this post, I’ll tell you a few conventional methods to through which you can download Instagram private account pictures without following.

Steps to View and Download Private Instagram Profile Picture in Full Size 

Step 1

Below you can see the account is private and you are prompted to follow to see their photos and videos.


Step 2

Right-click on the image and hit Open image in new tab.


Step 3

The profile picture of account gets opened in a New Tab. Yeah, it is of very low resolution. To download the photo in full resolution use the PRO Tip that it quoted above. If you’re too lazy to see it, I’ll tell you again.

Change the URL of the Image from


( It differs from user to user, what I mean is to remove the portion starting after /vp/ to /s150x150/ including it )

P.S : The above link is a sample and may be dead too.

Tips to View and Download Instagram Private Account Pictures

Though the above method can be universally implemented and is legit to use, there are a few methods of common sense which may be helpful in satisfying your interest of peeking to others.

  • Follow their Account

Don’t think I’m joking. People generally with more followers, mostly tend to accept your Requests. And if you don’t think this right, you can try with a fake account. I’m not teaching bad stuff here. I’m just talking about the possibilities. 😛

  • Do you think there are more methods? Nah.

You can straightforward view and download profile picture i.e., dp of the Instagram user regardless of the Private or Public user from the method we’ve proposed. But however, there aren’t any other methods to snoop into photos of Private Instagram users.

A bonus tip from me, try visiting their Facebook profile and try if you can see their  Instagram pictures shared to their Timelines. Also, you can try finding their friends and see if they have any photos of his/her tagged in Instagram or Facebook.

If you found tagged photos of the person you are trying to find, you can try this method to download the photos.

Please feel free to comment if you find any difficulty in implementing these methods.

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Written by Ashish Pulivarthy

Tech Enthusiast , Cricket Lover :)

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