How To Get an Instagram Photo / Video URL

You can get a link to photos and videos that have been shared publicly. If an account is set to private, you won’t be able to copy a link to any of their posts.

Open Instagram, and browse for the photo of your choice. Once found, select the Menu button located under the photo (3 vertical dots). Then, select Copy Share URL:


A message will be displayed to confirm that a sharable URL has been copied to your clipboard.

To get a link to a post in the iOS app:

  • Tap above the post
  • Tap Copy Link to save the link.

You can also get the link by viewing the post on the web. To get a URL from the web:

  • Open your web browser.
  • Go to For example, if the username is “johnsmith,” type in as the URL.
  • Click the post you want to save and copy the link at the top of your browser.