Instagram Media Saver

Save photos, videos, stories, and reels



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This shortcut works on photos, videos, stories, and now, reels!

NOTE: iCloud Drive is required for this shortcut to work

Upon first running of the shortcut, you will he asked to choose which storage location you'd like media saved (iCloud Drive or Photos).

If you choose iCloud Drive, photos and the post text will be saved to the Shortcuts/Instagram Media Saver folder. You'll also be asked if you want to copy the post text to the clipboard. If you choose Photos, you will only get a prompt to copy post text to clipboard.

To reset the settings, you can run the shortcut and be presented with the menu. MainMenu and Reset Settings

After initial setup the main menu will change and have a switch to turn the notifications option on or off easily. New Main Menu After Setup

Instructions for post downloading

  • Find the Instagram Photos or Videos you want to download

  • Share the link to the post (In App) to the Instagram Media Saver shortcut

Find Post and Share

  • Select your saving location (iCloud Drive or Photos)

Choose Instagram Media Saver and Setup

  • You can optionally overlay the username on the photos downloaded when downloading individual posts. Upon first run, you will be asked if you want to Always, Never, or Ask Each Time to overlay the username.

Overlay Question

  • If there is more than one image or if there are images and videos
    • On first run, you can choose to Always or Ask Each Time for downloading all the items
    • It will prompt you for which items you want to save. The default is selection of all the items.
    • Tap Done

Multi Media Post and Question

  • You will be asked on first run about copying the post text to clipboard. You can choose to Always, Never, or Ask Each Time

Ask Clipboard Question

  • Example image with rounded rectangle overlay implemented in 1.29

Example of Overlay from 1.29+

  • Note about private profiles: If the user you are getting images from is marked as Private, you will be shown an alert prompt directing you on what to do next.
    • The page is loaded in a Safari pop-up window and then tap Share
    • Tap on Instagram Media Saver shortcut again in the share sheet
    • In iOS 14, when sharing private posts from the app, the shortcut is waiting in the background to run until the current action is closed. Please tap the "X" to close the share sheet, then tap "Done" in the Safari pop-up that loaded. You will then see the shortcut running in the banner. Note: this does not apply if you share from Safari directly

Private download Share Again

Instructions for Story downloads (works with private profiles)

  • Login to Instagram in Safari and find the story you want to download
  • If you are download a video story, make sure to hit the play button before the next step
  • Tap the three dots near the comment entry box
  • Tap the Safari share button and find Instagram Media Saver (note: sometimes you have to refresh the Safari tab (item 1. In the screenshots) and try these instructions again)

Note: Public profile stories can be downloaded in the app as of 1.38, but it will auto redirect you to Safari

Story Download Instruction

Instructions for Profile Photo downloads

  • Go to the profile of a user you want the photo from
  • Tap the three dots and copy profile URL
  • Go to Shortcuts and Run Instagram Media Saver. The photo will download to your chosen location along with the biography from the profile.

profile photo download instruction

Instructions for Multi Post downloads

Only works on public posts

  • NOTE:You must have the Instagram Indexer companion shortcut for this feature to work
  • Use the Indexer shortcut in Safari to index multiple posts from a given user

  • Run Instagram Media Saver
  • Choose "Run Shortcut"
  • Choose "Yes" when asked about downloading photos from the urls.txt file

Run Shortcut And URLs.txt

  • Next you are presented with a choice to download all, half, or user choice amount of the post URLs

Choose images From URLs text file to download

  • After choosing, the shortcut goes to work downloading the media
  • If you wish to clear out the urls.txt file, you can do so from the menu that is presented when running the shortcut without input from the share sheet

See the selected media in the brief notification banner (if you chose to enable it) and also find it in the Photos app Or iCloud Drive.

Instructions for Reposting Feature (single photo only due to instagram app limitation)

  • Download a post's media as you normally would above
  • At the end of the shortcut running, you'll be asked if you want to enable the repost feature
  • On future posts (if enabled), you'll be asked if you want to repost one of the photos from the post you just downloaded
  • If you choose yes, the post text will be copied to the clipboard and you'll be prompted to post on Instagram (if there is more than one photo, you'll be asked to choose one)
  • You can then paste the post text into the dialog box and post the photo

Shoutout to:

  • ROP for MediaKit Banners and Badges used for this page also for iOS Switches used in the shortcut
  • D3W10 for Swing Updater E used in the shortcut

More updates will come in the future for various fixes (if needed). Watch for them in the Shortcut.

NOTE: If using VPN you need to share to the shortcut from Safari. Using the shortcut from the app may not work.

Latest Release Notes

1.47 - July 27, 2021, 11:59 a.m.

Version 1.47 Release Notes
- added method to repost a photo of choice with the caption
- removed iOS 13 end of shortcut actions for returning to instagram app

- Total Actions: #529
- Created on iOS 14.7
- Released at Jul 27, 2021

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