How to Link Instagram Account to Flickr on Android?

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How to Link Instagram Account to Flickr on Android

Instagram and Flickr are two of the most popular photo sharing platforms. With Instagram's focus on smartphone photography and social networking and Flickr's emphasis on high-quality images and community engagement, the two services complement each other well. Linking your Instagram account to Flickr makes it easy to back up and showcase the great photos you've taken on Instagram.

This guide will walk you step-by-step through how to link your Instagram account to Flickr using an Android device. We'll cover creating a Flickr account if you don't already have one, downloading the Flickr app for Android, allowing Flickr to access your Instagram photos, and adjusting settings in both apps. Follow along to seamlessly connect your Instagram and Flickr profiles.


Before linking Instagram and Flickr, make sure that:

  • You have an Instagram account set up on your Android device.

  • Your Instagram profile is public, so Flickr can access your photos.

  • You have the latest version of the Instagram app installed.

  • Your Android device is running Android 5.0 or later.

  • You have a Flickr account, or you are ready to create one.

  • You have the Flickr app downloaded on your Android device.

Once those requirements are met, you'll be ready to connect your accounts!

Step 1 - Create a Flickr Account

If you don't already have a Flickr account, you'll need to create one before linking it to Instagram. Here's how:

Create a Flickr Account

  1. On your Android device, open the Flickr app.

  2. Tap "Sign up for Flickr" on the landing screen.

  3. Enter your email address and choose a password.

  4. Flickr will send a confirmation email. Open it on your device and click the verification link.

  5. Return to the Flickr app and log in with your new credentials.

  6. Personalize your Flickr profile with a photo, bio, location, and other info at your discretion.

And that's it - you now have a Flickr account ready to link up with Instagram!

Step 2 - Download the Flickr App

If you don't already have Flickr installed on your Android device, download it from the Google Play Store:

  1. Open the Play Store app.

  2. Search for "Flickr."

  3. Tap "Install" to download the Flickr app.

  4. Once installed, open the Flickr app.

  5. Allow any requested permissions and notifications.

  6. You'll be prompted to log into your Flickr account.

With the app ready to go, it's time to connect your Instagram photos!

Step 3 - Allow Flickr to Access Instagram Photos

Next, you'll give Flickr permission to view and import your Instagram photos:

  1. In the Flickr app, tap your profile icon in the bottom right.

  2. Select "Settings" from the menu.

  3. Tap "Import settings."

  4. Under "Import from Instagram" tap "Grant access."

  5. You'll be redirected to Instagram. Log into your Instagram account if needed.

  6. Choose the option to allow access to your media from Flickr.

  7. Tap "Authorize" to confirm.

  8. You'll be redirected back to Flickr. Instagram photos should begin importing.

  9. Under "Auto-import" choose settings like only new photos or only photos with certain hashtags.

And you're done - Flickr now has an ongoing connection to import your Instagram content!

Step 4 - Manage Link Settings in Each App

Now it's time to customize settings in the Instagram and Flickr apps to manage the account linking:

In the Instagram App:

  • Check that your profile is public to allow Flickr access.

  • Turn on auto-sharing if you want new Instagram posts automatically sent to Flickr.

  • Under settings, tap "Linked accounts" to modify or remove the Flickr connection.

In the Flickr App:

  • Adjust auto-import settings to your preferences.

  • Under "Import from Instagram" choose options for organizing your photos.

  • Tap your profile icon > "Settings" > "Import settings" to manage the link.

  • Use the "Accounts" tab to connect other social media profiles too.

Take some time to explore both apps and get the settings adjusted perfectly!

Step 5 - Share Photos from Flickr to Instagram

Now that your accounts are connected, you can also share photos from Flickr back to Instagram:

  1. While viewing a photo in the Flickr app, tap the share icon.

  2. Choose "Instagram" from the share menu.

  3. The photo will be shared as a new post on your Instagram feed!

  4. You can add a caption and edits within Instagram before posting.

It's that easy to showcase your high-quality Flickr photos to your Instagram followers!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about linking Instagram and Flickr on Android:

Does Linking Share My Full Instagram Post History with Flickr?

No, only Instagram photos posted after you authorize the account linking will be visible on Flickr. Older posts remain private.

Can I Automatically Share Flickr Photos to Instagram?

Unfortunately automatic sharing only works from Instagram to Flickr, not vice versa. You'll need to manually share Flickr photos to Instagram.

What Happens if I Make My Instagram Profile Private Again?

Making your Instagram account private again will revoke Flickr's access to import new photos. However, any photos already shared publicly on Flickr will remain.

Can I Link Multiple Instagram Accounts to One Flickr Profile?

No, you can only connect one Instagram account per Flickr profile. You'd need to create separate Flickr accounts for any additional Instagram profiles.

Can I Unlink Instagram and Flickr at Any Time?

Yes, you can revoke account access and unlink Instagram and Flickr within either app's settings. Flickr will no longer be able to import new Instagram photos.


Linking your Instagram and Flickr profiles creates a seamless bridge between the two photo platforms. With Instagram's images backed up on Flickr, you can showcase your smartphone photography to a broader audience. And you can highlight your best high-resolution Flickr shots by cross-posting them back to Instagram.

Following this guide, you should now have your accounts connected, with custom auto-import and sharing options configured. As you continue posting great photos, let the power of linked social accounts share your images further and faster than ever before!

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