How to save Instagram pictures without posting them

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Instagram for musicians (and its dirty secrets)Peeps love pics — which is why Instagram has become one of the most popular ways for musicians to promote their music.

If you’re just getting started with Instagram, or have been using it for a while but aren’t sure how you can build a following for your music through the social platform, check out:

How to build a fanbase for your music using Instagram

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Now, let’s get down to the reason you’re reading: how to save an Instagram picture on your phone without actually sharing it…

Why would you want to do that? A few reasons:

* You’ve applied a filter you like and edited the photo, but you’re driving to your next show on a back road in Wyoming, miles from a reliable cell or wi-fi signal. Save that Instagram pic for later! (In fact, if you already tried to share it, but failed, the picture should already be saved for you).

* You’ve found the right filter, but the perfect caption hasn’t occurred to you yet. Save that Instagram pic for later!

* You applied a filter, but you now want to add other elements (logos, text, etc.) to the photo using a tool besides Instagram. Save that Instagram pic and open it in Photoshop or WordSwag or whatever else you use.

And here’s how to save an Instagram photo without posting it. It’s simple.

1. Choose your photo and edit like you normally would within Instagram (applying a filter, adjusting contrast, cropping, or selecting a border).

2. Put your device in “Airplane Mode,” thus disabling its connection to wi-fi or cell signal.

3. Go back to Instagram and “share” your photo. You will notice a “Failed” warning. That’s OK. In this rare case, it actually means success!

4. Click the “X” to remove the picture from Instagram.

5.  Open up your phone’s photo library. That picture, with the Instagram filter and edits, should appear as the most recent photo.

6. Turn “Airplane Mode” off. Your mother may be calling!

Now whenever you’re ready to post that pic, just go back into Instagram and share it properly.

Why do you most often find yourself wanting to save Instagram pictures for later? No signal? You want to add text or a logo? Can’t think of a clever description for the picture? Lemme know in the comments below.

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  • I use the Repost App to give photo credit on Instagram and needed to find a way to save them so I could schedule it through Hootsuite for a later date. This method with airplane mode helped me figure out how to get it onto my camera roll! Thanks Chris 🙂

  • disqus_UqTQsvQAeZ

    Hi, I have been doing this for a while now and today they changed things again and now this method does not work anymore. Do you know the latest solution to this problem? I take pictures for shops that give us children’s clothes for free and in return, I give them 5-6 pictures per clothes. I would like to email these shots to them so they can use them whenever they choose to, I do not wish to post all these captures on my feed. Not to mention, that I do my editing at a different time than when it is the best to post (which is almost bedtime for me).

  • What kind of phone do you have? I just tried on my iPhone and it still works the way I described (in Airplane mode). I wonder if it changed for Android.


  • What kind of phone do you have? I just tried on my iPhone and it still works the way I described (in Airplane mode). I wonder if it changed for Android.


  • Aviva Perlman

    Just tried it today and it works for me! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get this to work for a long long time. Thank you so much!!! I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 and I think the most updated version of Instagram…