The recent purchase of Instagram by Facebook demonstrates that the popular mobile photography app is more than just a fad. Of all the many iOS apps to gain prominence in the post-PC era, Instagram is easily one of the most recognizable. The platform has gotten so popular that it has even spawned third-party services to manage functionality and improve performance. As with Twitter, we can expect to see more and more “helper” apps that piggyback on top of the primary service. One such tool is Instarchive, a helpful management utility for users who want download all their Instagram photos in one convenient zip file.
Instarchive is an incredibly simple yet useful application that allows users to log into their Instagram accounts, compress all of their photos into a single ZIP archive and download the package to their PCs. It’s just one of several tools provided by the Recollect service, which is focused on backup and file storage for web users. Instarchive does one thing incredibly well and eschews the “everything but the kitchen sink” approach taken by other services. Though Instarchive will no doubt tack on some extra futures at some point in the future, it’s just a quick and intuitive way to archive files and photos from Instagram at the moment.
To use Instarchive, you’ll need to sign up for a free account first. Once you’ve done that, simply sign into your Instagram account from within Instarchive’s portal and click “Authorize” to allow access to your photos. Next, click “Download As A ZIP File” and you’re all set. Obviously, your ZIP file’s size will vary greatly based on how many photos you’ve taken. As such, you’ll probably want to make sure that you’re using a secure, high-speed home cable or DSL Internet connection when downloading your pictures. In any event, Instarchive works exactly as advertised and provides a painless and free tool for downloading all of your Instagram photos to one location.
In its short time in existence, Instagram has become one of the most frequently downloaded apps on iOS or any mobile platform for that matter. Though it’s always been praised for its technical features, the social sharing aspect of the app has been somewhat lacking. Expect that to change dramatically in the coming months thanks to the Facebook buyout. It’s an exciting time to be part of the Instagram team, to be sure. It’s an even more exciting time for users of Instagram’s unique photography service, and it’ll be interesting to see how Facebook’s expansive resources will improve the platform overall.
So go ahead and sign-up with Instarchive to download all your Instagram photos conveniently.