Delete Your Instagram Account and Keep Your Photos

Delete Your Instagram Account and Keep Your Photos

Summary: Instagram was acquired by Facebook. Save your photos and delete your account, then try Instagram alternatives for Apple and Android. [UPDATED: new photo export tools.]

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Facebook has just acquired Instagram, the popular photo sharing network, for $1 billion.

Instagram's users - and all their data - will now be Facebook's property to use at the company's discretion.

Instagram has been a huge hit among iPhone owners and recently opened up to Android users with last week's launch of the Instagram for Android app.

In just twelve hours of its release, the app added one million Instagram users to the service.

Although I should note that as an Android user, the Instagram app does have a slick and simple UI and readymade social sharing experience, it pales in comparison to the features in other Android photo apps.

While the Facebook acquisition is no doubt good news for Instagram, and no details on Instagram user changes have been officially reported, it's not welcome news to everyone.

Now that the service will be merged with Facebook, some Instagram users are not happy with their data and user experience being merged with the social network giant. Facebook is widely known for its privacy problems and many Instagram users are well aware of this.

Additionally, people that do not use Facebook, or have deleted their accounts, are not pleased about the news either.

That's why some people will want to delete and deactivate your Instagram account.

Get your photos out of Instagram

Before you delete your Instagram account, use one of several great tools to get your photos out of Instagram so you can put theme where you want, and keep control of your images.

Instaport is the #1 choice for many for exporting images from Instagram and is recommended by the service - connect your Instagram account, begin Instaport export, and back those photos up.

[Edit Dec. 17, 8:30pm PST] Updated with more tools:

Another option is Copygr.am

Copygr.am is a cloud service that works in conjucntion with your Instagram account to provide a web interface with which you can interact with your Instgram account. 

But the key feature here is that Copygr.am has a one-click 'back up your photos page' where you can get one zipped file of all your Insragram photos delivered to you right away.

Mac users or those wanting a very simple, straightforward, no-frills backup tool can also use InstaBackup. It's a simple, free Apple app made to do one simple thing - copy your photos from Instagram and onto your Mac.

Keep in mind the following warning from Instagram - there's no going back:

When you delete your account, your photos, comments, likes, and friendships (everything) will be removed permanently and will not be recoverable.

We cannot reactivate accounts. Additionally, you will not be able to sign up with the same username again.

Even if you're not as paranoid about your data as some of us, you may simply find the change distasteful or worrisome.

It's all too common that great little startups get bought by bigger fish and experience quality dies a slow and agonizing death for loyal and loving users.

Nowhere has this been felt more acutely than at photo sharing site Flickr, showing that social photo sites are particularly at risk for this situation.

It is possible that like its other formerly smaller siblings (like Flickr), Instagram will fall victim to big-tech-company neglect, bureaucracy, sales and marketing people making decisions about quality, complete lack of understanding and empathy for users and community, and force-fit of Terms of Service application in areas of photo ownership (copyright and use in ads), and content censorship.

If any of these things might bother you, it's worth taking a look at Instagram alternatives.

I recommend checking out these Five Instagram Alternatives for Android recently recommended by Lifehacker, and this list of general Instagram alternatives offered by The Next Web.

Many people have expressed to me their frustration, anger and regret upon the news of Instagram's imminent absorption by Facebook.

Hopefully this page can give these people a sense of control back over what they've built, shared created and stored at Instagram.

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  • Yay procrastination!

    Hadn't gotten around to downloading Instagram for my Android phone, and now I don't have to!

    Remember: On Facebook you're not the customer, you're the product.
    A1batross
    • Well on Android, your phone is bulletin board/hoarding

      and you are product and tool at the same time of course.
      Ram U
  • safe?

    And you think that your data is safe in Android Platform???
    owllnet
    • Not...

      Not any less or more than any Apple platform...
      AmediaN
      • Google needs your information...

        ...for their ad. Apple doesn't. They just want you to buy their hardware. Different biz model, none is bad. One uses your cash, the other your personal info ( and FB uses the same biz model as GOOG btw )
        themarty
  • GOOG and FB have the same business model

    They live and pay salaries with your personal info. Servers, programmers, infrastructures and bandwidth cost A LOT of money. So liking one and disliking the other is not logical.
    themarty
  • Don't get Instagram

    Let's make my great phone camera look like some POS instamatic that died a long time ago.... Why would I do that?
    itguy10
  • Deleting an Account Does Not Delete the Data

    Deleting an Account Does Not Delete the Data

    If you're already using Instagram, then it's probably too late to hide your data from Facebook. Deleting an account does not delete the data. You know that, right?

    I have not yet seen Facebook use people's personal data for nefarious reasons. So, I do not understand the alarm, here.

    =>PW
    prwexler2@...
    • Not Facebook themselves...

      It's not really Facebook directly that you have to look out for. It's their policies surrounding the information people willfully give them. Facebook is one of many computer-related services that prey on the ignorance of the non-technical public.

      But to support your view, I agree that there is too much liability for Facebook as a company to use your info in questionable ways (or at least get caught doing it)..

      However, there are many stories about how others (such as stalkers/killers/thieves/ex's/governments/employers) have used Facebook for nefarious reasons.

      I guess the lesson to be learned here is, don't entrust anything you don't want shared to any third party entity, even if they promise to keep it private and secure. Just because you trust them today, doesn't mean they won't be bought by someone you don't trust tomorrow.
      PolymorphicNinja
  • Laughing...

    And the Apple-rs were complaining about the neighborhood going downhill from adding Android to the mix.

    It just got worse with the not-so-marvelous Face in the mix.
    Sceptical Observer
  • What is Instagram?

    I can already share photos via Facebook... but this must be a cool thing if Facebook bought it. I think I will download it now.

    I guess I wasn't the target audience for this article.... :)
    condelirios
  • And the problem specifically is?

    So, I asked one of my Facebook & Instagram using adult daughters about this and she said:

    "Honestly? I don't get why people are upset. That's not true. It's like seeing your favourite bouquet being bought by walmart. But majority of the users link their instagram accounts to facebook and twitter anyways, so...And it's not like instagram has more information than what facebook already has access too, so again, it's a non-issue with me. The problem is that the article doesn't outline why people don't like it, or what their main arguments against it is. It just says backup your photos and delete your account. "

    So, Violet: what's are the specific problems people have been having with this purchase?
    HenryCosyte
  • And the specific problem is?

    So, I asked one of my Facebook & Instagram using adult daughters about this and she said:

    "Honestly? I don't get why people are upset. That's not true. It's like seeing your favourite bouquet being bought by walmart. But majority of the users link their instagram accounts to facebook and twitter anyways, so...And it's not like instagram has more information than what facebook already has access too, so again, it's a non-issue with me. The problem is that the article doesn't outline why people don't like it, or what their main arguments against it is. It just says backup your photos and delete your account. "

    So, Violet: what's are the specific problems people have been having with this purchase?
    HenryCosyte
  • Via.Me is a better option to port FaceTagram photos

    The 12% approval rating voiced on Twitter makes clear Instagram users' displeasure with the acquisition. You can also port your Instagram photos over to Via.Me this week. I've been using Via.Me on both iPhone & web since March and am in love with its beautiful filters & easy publishing options for my photos, videos, and even audio & text. It's a sexy hybrid acting like Tumblr on my phone and publishes my content smoothly onto my Via.Me profile (via.me/wanderbuster), FB & Twitter in 1 click. http://blog.via.me/?p=140
    wanderbuster
  • General comment about this article!

    I do not wish to be unpleasent nor offensive Violet, but this is probably one of the most idiotic articles I've ever read here!

    Basically you're writting an article to "encourage" people to delete their Instagram accounts (and stop using an APP which some of they love) based on pure and plain speculation and NOT on real facts! You have no idea about what will be Facebook's strategy in terms of privacy and functionality, appart from what Mark Zuck. mentioned: "That's why we're committed to building and growing Instagram independently".

    Cheers.
    Pedrovs
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