To save an Instagram photo to a phone, users should click on their profiles, find the gear icon if using iPhone or a button with three dots in a vertical row on Android and then slide the "Save Originals Photo" setting to the "on" position. With this setting, all photos posted on Instagram are saved on the phone in an album; notably, some Instagram users on Android phones may experience a delay in seeing the photo album appear.
Users can also subscribe to third-party applications that allow them to save their photos. One such app, InstaSave, allows for easy installation on Android phones and can make a backup of Instagram photos on the phone. This app, and apps like it, lets users save any of the photos they choose from their feeds. They can also save "liked" photos, popular "of the moment" photos or photos with particular tags associated with them. In addition, InstaSave lets users select photos to download one by one, and users can choose a folder for saving the photos. The easy-to-use ad-free interface is touted as one of the app's best features, and it can be used to send zip files via email or cloud-based storage.