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How to stop Instagram from saving posts to the camera roll?

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Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms, with over a billion active users. The platform has many features to support that kind of userbase, but they aren’t always helpful.

Instagram has a feature that saves all the posts you publish to your timeline by default. While the feature may be useful to some people, especially if you edit photos using Instagram and would like to use the same pictures somewhere else, some people might find it redundant.

In this article, we’re talking about how you can disable this feature to stop Instagram from savings posts you upload to the camera roll. 

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Stop Instagram from saving posts to camera roll

Like everything else on Instagram, the process is quite simple. Follow along with these steps. 

How to stop Instagram from saving posts to the camera roll?
  • Open Instagram and head to your profile by tapping the avatar in the bottom right. 
  • Tap the hamburger menu icon in the top right. 
How to stop Instagram from saving posts to the camera roll?
  • Tap Settings.
  • Head over to Account.
How to stop Instagram from saving posts to the camera roll?
  • Scroll down and tap on Original posts.
  • Here you’ll have the option to disable saving any photos or videos you post or take with Instagram’s camera. Change the settings according to your preference, and you’re good to go. 

Remember that these settings work for iOS and Android and can only be changed from the Instagram phone app, so you can’t do the same from the Instagram website.

Alternatively, you can also stop Instagram from saving photos to your phone’s camera roll by restricting the app’s access to your phone’s storage. However, we don’t recommend doing that as Instagram needs to access your phone’s camera roll to upload posts in the first place making revoking access counterproductive. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: