Disabling Instagram From Saving Pictures to a Phone

Only some smartphones can stop Instagram from automatically saving photos.
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The Instagram app works very similarly on iPhones and Android phones. When it comes to saving the items you shoot with the Instagram camera to the phone, though, there are a few differences. Saving Instagram photos and videos is optional on iPhones and compulsory on Android devices. Hence, you can prevent an iPhone, but not an Android phone, from automatically saving Instagram photos.

1 On an iPhone

Tap open the Instagram app on your iPhone. Tap its “Profile” icon on the lower right, followed by the gear symbol on the upper right. Scroll down to the Preferences section. Toggle the “Save Original Photos” switch to “Off.”

2 On an Android Phone

The photos and videos you shoot with the Instagram camera on your Android phone automatically appear into an album called “Camera shots” in your photo gallery. The same applies to photos you upload to Instagram. As of January 2014, there’s no way to disable this feature.

Since 1988, Diana Faustmann has been writing on technology, business and culture. Her articles have appeared in various print publications, corporate websites and authoritative online sites. Faustmann holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of the Philippines.