Yet another one of the awesome services on the Internet has been assimilated by a Black Hole for awesome things. Next on the victim list is the beloved Instagram, a photo sharing community that made it’s appearance on the Internet in the form of a Public BETA back in 2010. I was once of the first people to start using this awesome service and I’ve met some really cool people on the community.
My first ever Instagram picture
Sadly, this year Instagram was made an offer too good to refuse and now Facebook is shitting its total disregard for its users all over it and ruining what so many people had come to love.
Part of me believes that this article is true but even if it isn’t, I have made up my mind and joining the exodus of disappointed users. Although there is nothing stopping an alternative service pulling the same shit on it’s users as Instagram (technically Facebook, the guys at Instagram awesome) did.
So how do I join the Exodus?
So are you like me and not a fan of Instagram potentially selling all of your photos to third-parties and advertisers? Well just follow these steps and not only will you be free of Instagram and on to an alternative service but you will also have all of your content saved. For an alternative service I recommend Path, I’ve been using it and it looks awesome although it doesn’t have the same community features as Instagram once did. It does however have an awesome feature to import all of your content from Instagram straight into your new Path account. I didn’t use this option as I wanted to start fresh and I have already saved all of my photos from Instagram using Instaport.
On 16 January 2013, Instagram’s new terms of service goes live and they are free to do whatever the hell they please with your content. Granted that all of these cloud-based services can do this right now but once it is engraved in their ToS, they are home free.
Before following my guide to leaving Instagram I recommend you review the changes to Instagram for yourself and not just take my word for it that it’s bad. This is my opinion and your opinion may differ from mine once you have seen the beans for yourself. Read This first! They have even revised the language used in the changes somewhat to make it seem less sinister.
1. Backup all of your content from Instagram
In april of this year, a cool kid named Jason Parker created a service called Instaport. A web app that allows you to download all of your instagram data into a nice tidy .zip file. He is even planning on adding new services which allow you to simple port all of your stuff (as the web app name suggests) onto another service such as Facebook (the irony) or Flickr. To get the whole thing up & running you will first have to authorise the service to access the API for your account on instagram but that isn’t hard.
Please note that there is a boatload of people using this service to do exactly what you want to do so expect some waiting around for the operation to complete.
Simply click here to be taken to InstaPort and follow the instructions I’ve written below.
Click the “Sign in with Instagram” button to begin.
Next you will either be taken straight to the authorisation screen (shown below) if you are already logged in with Instagram (works the same way as Twitter Connect) or you will be asked to do so. Just type in your username and password and the screen below will be displayed.
Grant Instaport access to your account
At the moment the only export service available is to download all of your content in a .zip file. This is a compression format that when opened will display a folder containing all of your content. No technical expertise is needed to work with .zip files.
Click Export or review the advanced settings
Before clicking the “Start Export” button, it’s worth taking a look at the advanced settings. These allow you to tweak your export to just how you want it. For example you might not want all of your photos.
The advanced settings are very powerful.
As you can see it is possible to fine-tune your exports to only select a group of photos. This would be useful if you didn’t want to leave Instagram and just have the ability to periodically download your Instagram content. There is an option to download photos from other users which you have “liked”. These are photos which you have marked with the heart icon on other users’ profiles, the option is marked unstable for now and I didn’t use it for this reason. I will try again at some other time to use this option. Finally, you have the option to download photos with a hashtag that you define.
Instagram export is running
After clicking export you will see this screen. As I said before it can take a long time for this to complete as there are a lot of users currently exporting their Instagram account. Patience my friend, patience!
Instaport has finished saving your content
After Instaport has worked its magic, you will see this. Simply click the download your photos link and a .zip file will show up in the downloads folder on your computer.
It is worth noting that there currently isn’t a limit on how many times you can run an export. Below you will see a screen capture showing two buttons on the site. One is to download the export I just carried out and the other is to start a completely new export. I even went back to the site an hour later and the export button was still there suggesting that Instaport saves the last export you did so you can download it again if you need to.
Instaport is more awesome than I suspected.
Delete your Instagram account
After successfully liberating your photos from Instagram, it is time to finally delete your account. You might want to say a few words before clicking the delete link (or just compose an angry email to Facebook).
First, head on over to Instagram.com and click the Your Account link in the bottom left corner.
The Your Account button is in the same row that has a link to the blog of bad news.
From here you will be taken to the Edit Profile screen. All you have to do now is click the “I’d like to delete My Account” link the bottom right.
Delete It!!!! Go on!!! You know you want to.
From here you will see the Account Removal Request page. They have a drop down menu below a textbox pleading with you not to go. Select the reason why you want to leave Instagram then you will see a field asking for your password. Enter your password then click the big red button, click it!!!! Push the red button!
Push the red button!
The final confirmation…
I’m sure you are!
So that’s it, your guide to leaving Instagram. You are probably looking for another service to fill the void, I recommend Path.