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One of the things people ask me when we are talking about Instagram is how do I get high-resolution versions of the filtered photos that I create inside of Instagram off of my device. Well, it's sort of a trick and there is really a lot of things that go into it. But what you need to know is that high- resolution versions of your Instagram photos are saved to your device after you upload the photo to Instagram. And this means that you are the only one that has access to these high-resolution versions of your files. The ones that are actually uploaded to Instagram are relatively low resolution and should not be printed whatsoever.
Instagram does say on their website that they will always save images in the highest resolution size possible. The maximum resolution on both an Android and iOS device is 2048x2048. But the device's resolution capabilities may be actually lower than that. On Android devices for instance, the image resolution capabilities are varied widely by device because there are so many different Android devices. For iOS devices the resolution of photos taken with the Instagram application and not the Camera application on your phone are saved to the device in the following resolutions: For an iPhone 4S it's 2048x2048.
So if you are on an iPhone 4S or maybe even on iPhone 5 now, you're going to get the full resolution possible. If you are on an iPhone 4 you will get 1936x1936 and if you are on an iPhone 3GS or older you are going to get 1536x1536. It should be noted that photos that are imported from your iOS device meaning they're not taken with the Instagram camera application and now they are then uploaded Instagram, those are going to be saved at a much lower resolution actually 612x612. So that's pretty small so you wouldn't want to add those from your Camera Roll and then save them out; it's going to be significantly smaller than if you just take a photo with the Instagram application.
Although they do tell us on Instagram's website that Apple has recently updated the APIs so that they will allow high- resolution importing from applications. This feature is not available yet on Instagram and they have no timetable for when that's going to be released. If you want to save photos to your Camera Roll as you are using Instagram you have to turn that on inside for your Instagram Settings. So in order to do that what you are going to do is go over to your Profile section and you are going to tap on the little Gear icon. And once you tap on the Gear icon you can go out here and you can choose Save to Library.
And so to Save to Library you have to have Filtered Photos turned on. You can also choose to save original photos to your camera as well, your Camera Roll. And so basically what that means is I'm saving the filtered photos out and if I want to save the original photos out so I can then edit them in another application or something I do that as well. So if you want both of those just turn them on by tapping that little switch. If you don't want to save the original you can turn that off. If you're not interested in getting a high-resolution photo of the Instagram photo that you're creating on your device you can actually turn off that and you are going to save a lot of space in your Camera Roll, but again if you want to be able to send these out to printers or save high-resolution files of the photos you create inside of Instagram on your computer or transfer it to another device for instance, then you want to make sure that Filtered Photos is turned on.
And so again, remember this is only applicable to the photos that you actually take with the Instagram app itself. It does not refer to the photos that you load into Instagram from your Camera Roll and then edit and then upload. By doing that you have really limited low resolution files. So if you want high-res files use the Instagram app to take your photos, make sure you come into these settings, again it's in your Profile and your Settings tab and choose Save to Library. And that's how you get high- resolution files out of Instagram and off of your device.
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