How To Stop Instagram From Auto-saving Photos To Camera Roll

In this guide, you'll learn how to stop Instagram from saving auto-saving photos and videos to the camera roll.
Timothy Mark
Timothy Mark - Writer & Editor
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For users who frequently use Instagram and post more photos to their page, we notice that the app auto-saves your photos to your camera roll when you upload a post or share a story.

The Instagram auto-saving feature will take your phone storage space filled with already posted photos and videos.

When you post a photo on Instagram, the photo-sharing app will save it (Instagram version) to your camera roll. And if you have a lot of stories to upload, well your camera roll is on for storage space drain.

With the auto-save feature on Instagram, you will save everything you’ll be posting, including stories. But how do you stop Instagram from auto-saving photos to the camera roll?

In this guide, you’ll learn how to stop Instagram from saving auto-saving photos and videos to the camera roll.

How To Stop Instagram From Saving Posted Photos On Android To The Camera Roll

If you uploaded a photo to Instagram, I don’t see why you will also have another copy of the photo you uploaded on the app to your device, because the photo-sharing app decided you need one.

You can easily stop Instagram saving photos on Android, you just need to turn off saved photos and saved posted videos. So here is how to stop Instagram from saving posts to the camera roll.

Step 1: Open Instagram

Go to your Instagram app, then tap on your profile picture in the lower-right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Tap Settings

Click on the three horizontal lines at the top right corner, and click on Settings on the open bottom menu.

How to stop Instagram from auto-saving photos to camera roll

Step 3: Go To the Original Post

Click on Account, then tap on Original Posts. Toggle off original posts, saved posted photos, and saved posted videos.

How to stop Instagram from saving photos to camera roll

After you turn off Save Original posts, new photos you take with the Instagram app camera will not be saved to your camera roll.

If you turn off saved posted photos and saved posted videos, photos, and videos you post on your page will not be saved on your Android device’s camera roll.

How To Stop Instagram From Saving Posted Photos On iPhone To The Camera Roll

To stop Instagram from saving posted photos to your iPhone camera roll isn’t the same as using an Android phone.

Since there is no way for you to turn off saved posted photos. You will have to remove Instagram access from your Photos app.

Step 1: Open Instagram

Go to your Instagram app, then tap on your profile picture in the lower-right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Tap Settings

Click on the three horizontal lines at the top right corner, and click on Settings on the open bottom menu.

Step 3: Go To Original Photos

Click on Account, then tap on Original photos and toggle it off.

How to stop Instagram from saving posted photos on iPhone to the camera roll

After you turn off Save Original photos, new photos you take with the Instagram camera app will not be uploaded to your camera roll. But once you post from your camera roll will still be saved.

Disable Photo Permissions For Instagram

To disable Instagram from accessing your Photos app go to your iPhone Settings, scroll down and tap on Instagram and then select Photos.

Select Never, and Instagram will not be able to access your camera roll. Instagram won’t be able to save photos to your device. But you won’t be able to post on Instagram from your camera roll either.

To use your camera roll to post to Instagram chose Read and Write, and when you post a photo it will be saved to your camera roll.

If you want to keep using your camera roll to post to Instagram you need to be removing the duplicate photos manually inside your Photos app.

How To Stop Instagram From Saving Stories To Camera Roll

Step 1: Open Instagram

To stop Instagram from saving stories you posted go to your Instagram app, then tap on your profile picture in the lower-right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Tap Settings

Click on the three horizontal lines at the top right corner, and click on Settings on the open bottom menu.

How to stop Instagram from saving stories to camera roll

Step 3: Tap Privacy

Click on Privacy, then tap on Story. And then toggle off Save story to Gallery under the Saving section.

How to stop Instagram from saving stories to camera roll

The Two Ways You Can Post Photos On Instagram

You can take and post photos and videos you recorded from the Instagram app’s camera.

With their built-in picture editing tool, you will be able to edit the photos and post them on your page.

As we know it you can post from your camera roll on Instagram. Don’t want to use Instagram again you can delete your account.

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As a seasoned content writer with 4+ years of experience in consumer technology, Timothy has been a dedicated author and editor at Techvocast.com since its inception. Specializing in addressing user concerns, his articles offer effective solutions for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac-related issues. Timothy's expertise also extends to crafting content about social media and various applications. Through his daily articles, he consistently aids users in overcoming their technology challenges.
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