Review: ProGet Universal (UWP)
Instagram (as far as I can see) has always been a bit quirky. Sticking to low res VGA images for so long stopped me taking it seriously. And even today, simple features like being able to download photos you like seem to be missing. Probably partly for copyright reasons, but mainly to keep the content 100% under Instagram's control. ProGet Universal (a UWP app for all Windows 10, of course) solves the image acquisition issue - and in some style.
Why would you want to download photos from Instagram? To use as wallpaper, perhaps? To share via an independent application? To edit and turn into a meme? To print and display somewhere? To use in a web page or document? OK, some of these have copyright issues and I'm sure you'd check with the original snapper before using their images in any serious way, wouldn't you? So we'll leave the legal side of things for now.
I mentioned above that Instagram used to massively limit the size of photos held in their system - as far as I can see you're still only looking at 1MP or so (depending on aspect ratio). So you're not talking of high definition images here. But hey, if you want to grab an image to use in some (legal) way on your Windows 10 phone, tablet or desktop then why shouldn't you?
Instagram, in their apps and web versions, do everything possible to stop you capturing 'their' images, short of doing screenshots (and then cropping later). What's needed is an Instagram 'scraper' (akin to the many YouTube downloader apps) - and this is exactly what ProGet Universal is. You browse in various ways (depicted below) and then 'Download' as needed, ending up with a 1000 x 1000 (or thereabouts) JPG file on your device. The process only takes three or four seconds and toast messages keep you posted as to what's going on.
The best way to illustrate ProGet Universal (UWP) is with screenshots, so here goes:
A lovely little utility. Hampered by both Instagram itself and the nature of the Web, this weaves nicely around both to deliver quality images to your phone (or tablet, or whatever) as needed. Hey, it's free too, though I'd recommend using the 'Donate' in-app-purchase, to say thanks to the developer.
Reviewed by Steve Litchfield at