fixed : save Instagram pictures to Photos.app on macOS

Question :

I came across some group photos on Instagram that I am on but that I did not take and/or post myself. I would really like to save them to my Photos.app but I can’t figure out a way to do that…

How do I do that ?

Answer :

Yes, this is possible, but… DO NOT use any app on your iPhone, iPad or Mac that needs your Instagram login credentials to do that !! as by doing that, you are granting third party access to your Instagram and you are thereby making your Instagram account extreme vulnerable to hacking, fraud and identity swapping !!

Instagram has made it impossible to save pictures from within the Instagram.app (either on iPhone, iPad or Mac) so the only ‘good’ way to do this is via the website. To do so, do this :

  • on your Mac, open the Photos.app
  • then, open Safari and in the top menu bar goto Safari > Settings > Advanced
  • in the “Advanced” window, make sure that there is a checkmark at “Show Develop menu in menu bar”
  • now, close the Settings and goto http://www.instagram.com
  • login using your account name and password
  • scroll through the pictures and select one that you want to download / save to Photos.app
  • now, in the top menu bar goto Develop > Show Page Source
  • the underwater screen will now appear in the bottom half of the browser window
  • inside the underwater screen, in the menu on the left, click on the folder named “Images”
  • now, in the main past of the underwater screen you will see just the pictures of your Instagram page
  • scroll through these pictures and when you find a picture that you want to download drag&drop it to Photos.app’s main screen and it will be imported to your Photos.app (note that you could also drag&drop the image to your Desktop or any folder in the Finder to save the picture to your Mac)
  • repeat this drag&drop action for every picture you want to download
  • when done, close Safari
  • now, goto the Photos.app and in the menu list on the left, click on “Imports”
  • then, on the main part of the Photos window, all recently imported pictures will appear
  • scroll down to the very bottom and you will see the pictures you have imported from Instagram
  • from here on, you can use the downloaded Instagram pictures however you like…

…that’s it !

enjoy ūüėČ

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fixed : how to fully close apps on an iPhone X / XS / XR ?

Question :

I just got a new iPhone X without a Home button. On my previous iPhone I always used to shut¬†down apps that were needlessly¬†running in the background by double clicking on the Home button which brought up the underwater-screen where I could go through¬†all apps that were open in the background and just pick the app and swipe up to close it…

But now, without a Home button, how do I do that ?

 

Answer :

as you would expect, it’s simple…

but as you have already experienced, it’s not intuitive for anyone who has grown familiar with using the Home button… since the release of iOS 12, it basically comes down to :

“swipe-up & hold”

to be more precise :

  • make sure the iPhone is unlocked (using FaceID or maybe even your unlock code)
  • then swipe upward from the bottom of the screen and keep your finger on the screen
  • now the underwater screen¬†that you were searching for will appear and you can browse through all open apps and swipe up to close the ones you aren’t using (it actually looks less and less like an underwater screen, it’s more like the Cover Flow feature in iTunes and Finder on macOS)

we used to do this on older iPhones to regain RAM space to keep your iPhone running smoothly… on new iPhones¬†that’s possibly less relevant, but it still feels good to know you can do this when you need to ūüėČ

enjoy !