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By download, I mean saving to SD card for later use. I have already explored the app for this option, but without luck. :(

I think, there must be a way to trap from cache.

If you've screenshot based suggestion, please don't answer...

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You would need a rooted device to do this.

  • First Browse the photos you want to download.
  • Now Open any File Explorer app like Root Explorer.
  • Navigate to /data/data/com.instagram.android/cache via Root Explorer.
  • The files here would be named something like ccf3a266.0, copy the file you want or entire folder and paste it on your sd card.
  • Now open these .0 files in your PC via a Image viewer like IrfanView. You can sort the files by size to determine large images.

The .0 files are cahce files and some of these are essentially JPG image files and quality may depend upon your device I believe because it would download compressed image if the device screen/density is small. (That's just a theory).

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*.0 files are not image files.. I've just tested opening a random file as image.. –  SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Apr 20 '12 at 9:03
Sorry, I phrased it wrong, all of the .0 won't be images. A lot of these would be cache file for other things too. But you should be able to sort the files by size and pick up the larger ones and try to open them up. I have tested this on my Samsung Galaxy 3 with CM9. (I side-loaded Instagram on my device. On Google play it says, not compatible). –  Sameer Sharma Apr 20 '12 at 9:08
Still, no luck.. I've opened every *.0 file as image. Instead, I got some image files (without extension) in webviewCache directory, but those are in super poor quality... not like what shown on device screen. –  SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Apr 20 '12 at 9:36
Hmm.. So maybe App is clearing cache every-time it's exiting. You can try viewing the image on Instagram, keep the image open & press Home button so that the app keeps running in background and cache doesn't get cleared. That's how I did it. :) –  Sameer Sharma Apr 20 '12 at 9:56
Using FolderSync, I've set to instant upload on that directory change. And, it worked. –  SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Apr 26 '12 at 2:15

Use Easy Downloader for Instagram app in Android

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This might be a useful suggestion if you add a link to the app you're recommending. –  Dan Hulme Jun 6 '14 at 10:05

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