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 low resolution. The same thing happens to an Instagram profile photo.

The images you see in your news feed or on your or someone else’s profile are resized. if you want to bypass these limitations, read our post about how to view full-size Instagram photos and Instagram profile pictures.

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View Full Size Instagram Post Photos

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.

Step-By-Step Video

You can also watch our how-to video to view and download Instagram photo in original image size:

View Medium Size And Thumbnail Versions Of Instagram Image

Apart from this, you can also view the medium size and thumbnail version 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.

See Instagram Profile Picture In Full Size On Android

You cannot view someone’s profile picture in full size on Instagram. You can only see the cropped circular version.

However, after following our steps, you will be able to do it and also download the large-sized Instagram profile pictures if needed. Unfortunately, these steps work only on Android and not on iOS.

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  1. Install the Qeek for Instagram app.
  2. In the app, type in the username of the user whose Instagram profile pictures you want to see.
  3. In the drop-down list, select the desired person.
  4. Tap on the fetched profile photo or tap on Fullscreen.
  5. This will show you the profile picture in high resolution.
  6. If needed, 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 to save image. However, you can always open the profile picture in full size and take a screenshot.

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Wrap Up

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

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 passionate blogger and keeps a keen eye on useful apps and gadgets. Absolutely loves running and is currently training for his first Marathon. 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 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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