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Instagram Finally Starts Offering High-Resolution Photos – Here’s How to Find Them

July 6th, 2015 at 3:03 PM
Instagram High-Resolution Photos

Sharing photos quickly with friends and family is easier than ever now that we all have Instagram on our phones, but the popular app has never been the first choice for photo enthusiasts. Filters are great, but what photographers have always wanted is access to the high-res versions of their shots. Years later, it looks like they’re finally getting what they want.

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As reported by The Verge, Instagram is now storing photographs on its servers at 1080 x 1080 resolution as opposed to the 640 x 640 resolution users have come to expect. One user stumbled upon one of the new 1080px resolution photos when he received a link via messaging app Telegram. This leads us to believe an official update is coming soon, but Instagram hasn’t shared any news regarding high-res photos yet.

If you want to find your own high quality photos, simply head to a desktop browser, go to the page of a recent Instagram photo, open the page’s source and then search for a link ending in “.jpg” within the source. The first link should be the one you’re looking for.

Here’s a sample of an original Instagram photo as displayed on

And here’s the full 1080px image from within the page’s source code (click the image to see it at 1080px):

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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