Instagram Is FINALLY Letting You Download All Your Pics

13 April 2018, 17:12 | Updated: 24 July 2018, 16:19

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By Josh Lee

So you can get all those tea-stained, overly-bordered beauties from 2010 back in your camera roll.

Instagram has announced that it will allow users to download their personal data, including all your shared photos, videos and messages.

According to The Guardian, Instagram made the announcement ahead of the European data regulation GDPR being enforced.

What is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

GDPR is a set of rules for data protection that apply to all companies that store data from European Union citizens. As well as ensuring data is stored more safely, GDPR also gives EU citizens the right to demand that their data is deleted, to view any personal data a company may hold, and to download any data stored on you.

Speaking to Tech Crunch, Instagram confirmed that they are building a new "data portability tool," which will allow you to "download a copy of what you've shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages." It's still unclear whether photos will be retrieved at their original file size, or at the compressed size they are posted on the platform as.

When will the data portability tool arrive?

GDPR comes into effect on May 25th 2018, so Instagram have until then to make the function available. So not long to wait!