The power of social media has changed a lot of things over the past few years, including how we share photos with others. Not a while ago, people used to send photos to their friends and family via email attachments or using instant messaging services, but since the inception of social media sites like Facebook & Twitter as well as photo-focused services like Flickr, Picasa and Instagram, things aren’t the same, as anyone can now share their favorite pictures with others in an instant. Though if you want to download photos already stored on social media, try Social Downloader. It’s a small Windows app that lets you backup your Facebook and Instagram photos to your local drive. In addition to the images you’ve uploaded to the site and the ones you’ve been tagged in, you can also download photos uploaded by your friends and the ones they are tagged in, as long as the uploaders’ privacy settings allow that.
Upon launching the app, you’ll be asked to sign in with your Facebook or Instagram account. The developer claims that support for Twitter is already on its way. Simply click the Add button for the account of your choice, provide your credentials and grant the app the required permissions to get started.
The application even lets you add multiple accounts of each social media service. The interface features tabs for the supported services on the left, and clicking each tab displays some on-screen instructions regarding how to add your account and start creating backups for your photos on that service. Even though the application claims to also backup comments and likes posted on the images, we couldn’t find any such option during our testing. When an account is added, Social Downloader automatically fetches all your photo albums, as well as photos you’re tagged in.
Furthermore, it auto scans your friends list and presents their photo albums as well, provided they are accessible to you. The tree-view menu can be easily expanded for swiftly navigating between all the available options.
Once an album is selected, you can then mark either all or only a selected number of photos that you wish to backup. The app shows thumbnails of each image, letting you easily choose the ones you want. In addition, it displays total number of likes and comments next to each photo. Just click ‘Download All’ or make a selection and click ‘Download Selected’ to begin the download process.
Even though it’s a great app for quickly downloading images from your Facebook and Instagram profile, the application didn’t work as advertised by the developer as there was no option to backup likes and comments. We don’t know how that would have worked with the photos i.e. how the comments and likes data would have been downloaded, but let’s see if the developer addresses this in the next update of the program. The app works on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.