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Instagram will soon let you download your data like Facebook

Just like its owner Facebook, Instagram will soon allow users to download all the data they’ve ever uploaded to the service.

“We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages,” an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch.

It’s a stark departure to the social network’s closed ecosystem that doesn’t make it easy to download images on desktop or mobile. Even if it’s your own.

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But more importantly for Insta and Facebook, the addition of the tool will allow it to comply with upcoming European Union data legislation.

Details remain sketchy on whether the feature will be baked into the mobile app, if Instagram’s planning a desktop tool or website, or when this feature will be available.

Feature image: Memeburn

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More

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