How To View Full-Size Instagram Photos And Profile Picture On Android, iPhone, Mac, Or PC

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To view full-size Instagram photos, log into Instagram in a browser, visit the user’s profile, and open the photo that you want to see full-sized. In the address bar, append media/?size=l to the end of the URL. Hit Enter to see the picture in full size.

Did you know that the pictures uploaded on Instagram profile are not shown in the original size? Yes, the pixels of the photos are reduced! That said, there’s a way to view full-size Instagram photos which we have outlined in this article. Apart from that, if you are looking to view someone’s Instagram profile pictures then we got you covered as well. You can achieve that online from your PC, Mac, Android, iOS browser, or using apps.

The images you see in your news feed or on your or someone else’s profile are resized. So, here we are with a method that will help you to view anyone’s full-size Instagram photos which are otherwise scaled down.

You can use the links below to easily navigate to desired sections in the article.

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View Full Size Instagram Post Photos (Step-By-Step Video)

Watch our how-to video to view (and download) the uploaded photos in original size on Instagram:

Or follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Visit the Instagram website from any browser. Log in using your credentials if not done already.
  2. Now, go to the profile of the user to see their profile image in full size. Click on the desired photo.

Note: You won’t be able to click on a photo from the news feed. So, make sure you are on the profile page.

View instagram photos in original size

3. After clicking on the photo, you need to append media/?size=l in the URL.

For instance, if the original URL is –

“https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsa4CNwghx0/”

then it will become –

“https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsa4CNwghx0/media/?size=l”

Notice the bold part in the changed URL.

See Full Size Instagram Photos

4. After modifying the URL hit Enter.

Woah! You will be redirected to the full-size version of the image. Apart from this, you can also view the medium size and thumbnail version of the photo as well.

In order to view medium or thumbnail version use media/?size=m and media/?size=t respectively at the end of the URL. Here m stands for Medium and t stands for the thumbnail of course.

If you wish you can also save the picture by right clicking and selecting Save Image As…

This was all about viewing anyone’s full-size photos on Instagram. As the above method will only allow you to see photos uploaded as posts in original size so now, let’s get to profile pictures.

See Instagram Profile Picture In Full Size

You cannot view someone’s profile picture in full size on Instagram. You can only see the cropped circular version. However, this is going to change for you after you go through the methods below. Not only view but you can also download the large-sized profile picture if desired.

Here are different methods depending on the device you wish to use.

PC/Mac Or Smartphone Browser

If you don’t want to install an additional app on your phone or wish to use a computer then go for this method.

1. Open the Instagram website on your device web browser. We will be using the Chrome browser for this guide.

There is no requirement to log into Instagram in order to view anyone’s profile picture. But you can if you want to. Moreover, if you already know the username of the person then you can skip the 2nd step and proceed with the 3rd one.

2. Navigate to the desired Instagram profile either by using their post on your news feed or by searching their name. From their profile, get/copy their username.

3. Once you have the username of the desired Instagram user go to the Instagram Profile Picture Downloader on Thumbtube.com.

Instagram Profile Picture Downloader online tool

4.  On the tool’s website, type or paste the username of the person whose profile photo you wish to view/save that you got above in step 2 in the ‘Enter Instagram Username‘ text box and click Submit.

5. The tool will fetch the profile picture in high resolution from the username and show it to you in a couple of seconds. After that, you will have options to View and Download the Instagram profile picture in Full size.

Instagram Profile Photo Downloader Tool

Similarly, you can enter usernames of other desired profiles to view their original large size profile picture. The tool works perfectly for all the accounts – private included, whether you follow them or not.

Note: If you don’t get the profile picture then it was originally uploaded in low resolution(small size). In other terms, it simply means that the user has not uploaded a larger size image.

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Android Or iPhone/iPad

Both Android and iPhone/iPad users can download the Qeek for Instagram app to view the full-size profile picture. it’s free and does not require registration.

  1. After the app is installed, open it and start typing the username of the users whose Instagram profile pictures you want to see and download.
  2. In the drop-down list, select the desired person.
  3. Simply tap on the fetched profile photo or tap on Fullscreen.
  4. This will show you the profile picture in high resolution.
  5. Thereafter you can even zoom the profile picture by up to 800%.
View Instagram Profile Picture in Full Size on iPhone or iPad

The app doesn’t have any inbuilt download option but you can always open the profile picture in full size and take a screenshot. It is also possible to visit the profile of an Instagram user right from inside the app.

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Wrap Up

You have learned about several ways to view Instagram pictures in full size, which is the size in which they were actually uploaded to the platform. Be it normal posts or Instagram profile pictures, you can use these approaches to satisfy your needs. On top of that, you have the luxury to do so on any device – Android, iPhone PC, or Mac.

It seems that Instagram keeps ramping up the functionality of their web app. For example, you can make IG posts from a computer, send direct messages, and more.

Do share it with your friends and help them to view original size photos too. If you face any issues then feel free to drop a line in the comments below.

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Hemant Mendiratta
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21 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you! Trying to find the source code would not work – pesky thing! and this – just effortless!

    Amanda Thomson 🙂

  2. I don’t use Instagram frequently, but when I do, I try like 5 minutes to enlarge the images, as they are TINY on my 27″ monitor (yeah, ever try to double click an image to enlarge? Oh, of course, that means liking).
    I just can’t express how dumb this management decision by Instagram is, that images cannot be enlarged on Windows OS. Do they try to win the price for the most user un-friendly design?

    Anyway, thank you very much for this workaround!

  3. Absolutely love this trick! But is there any way to see and download the second or third photo in full size in a multiple photo set (as Instagram now allows users to share multiple photos in one post)? Instagram just shows the front/first photo’s link from a multi-photo set post. Thank you for your time and look forward to your solutions.

      • Hi Hemant, that article currently advises on downloading stories, not posts, and the one tool on that list that seems to be for posts, ThumbTube, doesn’t work; can you please advise further? I also tried getting the exact URL of a subsequent image in a series using the page source code but unfortunately it is not full-size. Any help would be much appreciated.

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