Instagram Will Soon Let Users Download All Their Photos, Videos and Messages

Instagram Will Soon Let Users Download All Their Photos, Videos and Messages

Instagram has introduced a new camera feature that enables users of the app to take more "striking" portrait-style photos - even if they don't have the latest iPhone or Android.

You can now find this feature on version 39.0 of Instagram, so if you don't have this one already, you are going to have to update the app in order to start using the feature.

While it's possible to download your shared information on Facebook, a similar feature isn't available on Instagram, making it hard to export your data. The Facebook-owned social media site confirmed it is testing Nametags, a feature that works similar to Snapchat's Snapcodes, per TechCrunch.

If the recent data privacy debacle involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica has you anxious, you wouldn't be alone - the United States' Congress has similar concerns.

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After taking a picture in "Focus", users are then encouraged to add creative tools like filters, stickers and text before sending them to friends, via Instagram Direct or as a new Story. As Facebook is falling in line with GDPR norms, it is expected that this tool will bring photo-sharing Instagram under the same ambit. To be in accordance with the new law, Instagram should develop this new feature before 25 May.

In complying with the General Data Protection Regulation set to take effect in Europe, Facebook-owned Instagram has told TechCrunch that it will debut a data portability tool soon. After all millions of people use it on a daily basis and that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon either. It remains to be seen if media content such as images and videos will download in their original quality or in a compressed format.

Apple is also to be working on its privacy tools with a new Apple ID tool that will allow users to download all their personal information.