Instagram will soon let you download a copy of your data

The publication also says that the Facebook CEO was concerned Instagram was going to miss out on a whole generation if it didn't shake up its product.

The outlet reports the media-focused social app will soon roll out a "data portability tool" that will allow users to download the data they've shared in the past.

Instagram is now developing a tool that will enable users to download their account data, a feature that'll mirror the similar "Download your info" tool available on Facebook. The social photo sharing platform also wants to upgrade its security features so that all the sensitive data of its users are not compromised by any means.

You can expect the tool to arrive before May 25, if Instagram aims to comply with the upcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law that demands data portability.

Right now, they're just about tied, according to Piper Jaffray's "Teens Survey", which questions thousands of American kids across 40 states with an average age of 16. Notably, if you try to post an image on Instagram mobile app then you will face problems as well. The tool is much like Facebook's Download Your Information tool, which has been promoted as a way to prevent data harvesting.

It remains to be seen if this data will include Following and Follower lists, Likes, comments, Stories, and captions.

Anyone who is familiar with Instagram will be only too aware that downloading your own images - particularly large numbers of them - is something of a nightmare.

Instagram hasn't said when the tool will arrive, but the company's parent, Facebook, has vowed to better protect people's privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It only allows you to auto download the images and videos you put on Stories. Several people on Instagram on Thursday reported issues that made it nearly impossible to load profile or even open the app properly.

  • Arturo Norris