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 to the Instagram feed are not shown in the original size? Instagram shows them in a different resolution and it is clearly stated in the Instagram Help Center documentation. The same thing happens to an Instagram profile photo.

That’s why the images you see in your news feed or on your or someone else’s profile are resized.

In most cases, users upload high-resolution images to Instagram so Instagram downsizes them. If you want to bypass this limitation, read our post about how to view full-size Instagram photos and Instagram profile pictures. Here, we will discuss a “hack” you won’t find in the Instagram Help Center.

View Full-Size Instagram Post Photos (Video)

It will take you about 5 minutes.

Here’s how to view Instagram post photos in full size:

  1. Open the Instagram website from any browser

    Open Instagram from a browser; the method won’t work from the app.

  2. Log into your Instagram account

    This is an essential step; you won’t be able to see photos in full size without doing this.

  3. Go to the profile page of the user whose photos you want to see

    Note that you won’t be able to click on a photo in the feed.

  4. Click on the desired photo

  5. Append media/?size=l to the URL

    For instance, if the original URL is: “”
    then it will become:
    “ instagram photos in original size

  6. Press Enter

    Voila, you will be redirected to the full-size version of the image.See Full Size Instagram Photos

Now, you can save the full-sized image by right-clicking and selecting Save Image As…

Please note that this works only for the first picture in the post. If an Instagram post has more than one image, you won’t be able to see any other images in full resolution except the first one.

You can also watch our video to see the steps in action:

YouTube player

View Medium Size And Thumbnail Versions Of Instagram Image

Apart from this, you can also view the medium-sized and thumbnail versions of the photo as well.

In order to view the medium or thumbnail version of the Instagram photo, use these additions at the end of the URL:

  • media/?size=m
  • media/?size=t

Here m stands for Medium and t stands for Thumbnail.

View Instagram Full-Size Photos With Glassagram

Meanwhile, I found another way to do it with a solution called Glassagram.

Glassagram is primarily known as an anonymous Instagram story viewer. However, you can also use it as a dedicated Instagram monitoring app, as it will allow you to see Instagram stories and download them. You can also use it to view Instagram photos or videos and download them too. 

I think one of the best things about Glassagram is that you don’t need to link your own account. Simply paste the username of the account you want to monitor, then let Glassagram work its magic. 

Glassagram has a free version, but if you want access to its full feature set, you have to get a Premium account. It costs $59.99 for a monthly plan or $14.99 per month if you get a 12-month plan. Read our Glassagram review to learn about all of its features to see if it’s for you. 

Here’s how to use Glassagram to view full-size photos on Instagram.

  1. Log into your Glassagram account on your Android device. 
Glassagram Sign in page
  1. After you’ve logged in, you’ll see your dashboard, which shows you an overview of the attached Instagram account. Tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the screen. 
Three horizontal lines in the top left corner
  1. In the popup menu, tap Content to view the images on the Instagram account. 
Content option in the menu
  1. Now, you’ll be able to view the photos posted to the account. Tap the one that you want to view in full. 
Image selection page of the Glassagram
  1. You’ll be able to view the photo as well as the caption. Long press on the image and tap View Image from the popup menu. 
View image option in the menu
  1. Now you can view the Instagram image in full. 
Instagram image in full size

Visit the Glassagram website to view full-size Instagram photos!


What size is a full picture on Instagram?

There are three sizes for a full picture on Instagram. The Portrait sized photos are 1080 x 1350 pixels, the Square sized photos are 1080 x 1080 pixels, and the Landscape photos are 1080 x 608 pixels. However, an Instagram photo is often Portrait or Square than Landscape.

Wrap Up

You have learned two ways how to view and download Instagram pictures in full size, which is the size in which they were uploaded to the platform.

You can use a “hack” I found or a special app Glassagram. The first method is absolutely free and the second one gives you more possibilities.

Share it with your friends and help them to view original-size photos too. If you face any issues, drop a line in the comments below!

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Hemant Mendiratta

Hemant Mendiratta is a co-founder of TechUntold and a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

29 thoughts on “How To View Full-Size Instagram Photos And Profile Picture On Android, iPhone, Mac, Or PC”

  1. You can download all the photos in the album/grouping through Chrome Developer Tools.

    1. Sign into Insta with Chrome browser on a desktop computer
    2. Load the photo group from the users page (not your stream)
    3. Open Chrome Developer Tools > Network > Preview and resize it to be half of your screen so that on the left you have your photos and right you have Developer Tools
    4. In Developer Tools, clear the loaded data (circle button with slash through it next to the red button, top left of Developer Tools pane)
    5. Refresh the page in the browser
    6. In Developer Tools, sort the data that appears in the data stream by the ‘Type’ column
    7. On the album, click through all the photos – next next next
    8. In Developer Tools, click the JPEG entries in the data stream 1 at a time
    9. In Developer Tools, right click on the preview of the JPEG photo > Copy Image URL
    10. Past URL into another browser tab
    11. Save full size photo to your computer

  2. But this only works on the very first picture in that particular feed. Lets say there are 5 pictures where you click the arrow to view the other 4. Adding “media/?size=l” always dumps you to the first picture. Been trying for months to find a way to view all pictures in full size

      • Nice tip. Once you go to Network, you can just click on “Img” in the list of types to filter by (in the top toolbar), and it will just show all images, with a handy “preview” on the right hand side.

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

    Amanda Thomson 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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 Madge,

      I am glad that you found this hack useful.

      For viewing and downloading photo(s) in multiple photos/videos post, open the desired photo in the set by using the right and left arrow button on the post and then you can follow the steps mentioned in the following tutorial to view and download it in full-size.

      I hope this helps 🙂

      • 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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