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New Instagram tool will let you download your data

While it’s possible to download your shared information on Facebook, a similar feature isn’t available on Instagram, making it difficult to export your data. That, however, is about to change, reports TechCrunch.

According to a spokesperson for the social media network, Instagram is “building a new data portability tool”. Once available, users will “be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages”.

The new tool should come in handy for anyone looking to leave Instagram for another photo- and video-sharing social network.

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As TechCrunch reports, there is no word yet on when the new tool will be available. There is also no information on whether all data will be retrievable or not. 

Instagram is yet to provide details on whether users will be able to download just shared photos and videos, or whether exportable data will include a list of followers, Stories, likes and comments as well. 

It is also unclear whether the images exported will be in the original full resolution or compressed.

The only news we do have for now is that Instagram will “share more details very soon” when the tool is ready to be launched.

[Via TechCrunch]

Sharmishta Sarkar

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (yes, she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing cameras and lenses, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She also contributes to Digital Camera World and T3, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines in Australia.