Have you ever wondered if there is a comprehensive method to import photos from Facebook or other social networks like Google+, MySpace and Twitter? Maybe you wanted to have them as a way to keep memories on your private space (i.e. before deleting your accounts). Or maybe you just wanted to download them so you can organize and look at them in bulk.
Unfortunately, social networks make it quite difficult to export photos. If such an option exists, it is burrowed deep inside menus and options. This is not strange considering that the business model of social networks is based on your time and attention. One way to keep this model is by forcing you to look at pictures on the networks’ sites – not offline or at another platform.
But luckily for you, there is a way to download photos off your social media accounts. Well, there are several methods, actually.
Import photos from Facebook and other social media sites
Here are the best and easiest ways for you to import your photos from social media sites.
1. Downloading photos manually
If you’d like to choose which pictures to download or if you just have too much free time on your fingertips, this is the option for you. If you, for instance, open a photo on Facebook, you can hover with your mouse over the picture and a label ‘OPTIONS’ will appear in the bottom part.
Click on it and several options will appear in the menu, one of which is ‘Download.’ Simply click on it. You have to repeat this procedure for each and every picture you want to download. Unfortunately Facebook also does a ‘great’ job in compressing photos so don’t expect to receive the original quality. Unless you backed it up before uploading on Facebook, you’re never getting the true original back.
You can download a copy of your Facebook account in the format of a zip file. It will include all the photos you have uploaded, which you can then edit and analyze. You’ll have to wait to receive a download link via email for the account.
Google+ has a similar solution for downloading single photos, the only difference being that the options menu is located in the upper part of the picture. You should choose ‘More’ and then ‘Download photo.’
Instagram is a platform tailored for photo sharing. There is no direct option to download photos so you’re left with using alternative solutions for manual download.
One such solution is the InstagramDownloader application for the PC. You can point it to a certain Instagram username (like yours) and it will fetch all the links to the public photos in a text file. After that, you copy and paste each link in the browser and get the photos.
2. Automated Apps for PC / browser
Needless to say, downloading pictures manually will dispirit you quickly. As a result, programmers have come up with (some) tools that allow you to speed up the process of downloading.
Take Pick’N’Zip as an example. It is a website that allows you to download Facebook pictures and videos. You log in with your Facebook credentials and choose to download single photos, full albums, videos and even pictures of you (tagged photos).
Pick’N’Zip also enables you to download media from Instagram and even Vine, which is a useful addition if you are addicted to the endless 6-second drama roll.
Alternatively, you can use Free Instagram Downloader to download photos directly from Instagram. Just download the app and log in. After this, you can choose what you want to download on your computer.
Twitter is also making it hard to download photos, but luckily there is a tool for that. It is called Twitter Image Downloader and it enables you to “gather” all the photos from a profile and then choose which ones to download. It is manual work yet again, but it’s not that difficult.
3. Apps for mobile
Importing and saving photos is a similarly obnoxious task on mobile devices. As a matter of fact, mobile devices make downloading pictures from social media even more difficult at times.
One way to import Facebook photos manually on Android is to use Photo Downloader for Facebook. What this app does is add an option/shortcut when you choose the ‘Share’ option in the Facebook app, which places the picture in your gallery. Of course, you have to do this for each photo.
A similar Android app for Instagram is Insta Download. You copy the share links of Instragram photos/videos in the app and then download them.
There is a similar app for iOS, known as Photo Album Downloader for Facebook. The app enables you to log in with your Facebook credentials and then download album photos from both your profile and other profiles.
Unfortunately, I was unable to find a decent Instagram picture downloader for iOS. This might be due to the Apple Store policies that Apple strictly enforces.
However, I was able to find Grab for Instagram – the app enables you to collect Instagram photos in private albums. The photos are still hosted in Instagram’s cloud, but you can organize them as you’d like to see them. Not quite the same as actually downloading photos, but it’s still better than nothing.
However, when we are talking about mobile apps, you might as well consider downloading Sherish. Why Sherish?
Well, importing and sharing your photo memories is Sherish’s primary focus. Sherish gives you unlimited storage for photos in the cloud. It also provides super tight security and privacy, enabling you to share your photos only with the right people, without fear of hacking or data breach.
But, the import feature is our main interest here. By using Sherish, you can connect to many services like Facebook, Evernote, Dropbox, Picasa and Flickr, and choose to import all pictures from these services. The imported photos will subsequently appear in the app and you can sort, tag and share them securely, easily and quickly.
Social network sites such as Facebook and especially Instagram make it really difficult to import photos and keep them private. Hence, instead of spending hours downloading every photo manually, check out Sherish and see how you can download and share photos with just a few clicks.