Instagram lets you share photos and videos in portrait or landscape mode

Instagram lets you share photos and videos in portrait or landscape mode


Instagram‘s popularity has certainly grown, even with only recently adding video and those static images being stuck in tiny boxes.

Instagram announced today that users are now able to upload photos and videos in either portrait or landscape mode, on top of the current square format that has became a marquee feature of the app. Available via the Instagram app update version 7.5 on iOS, this new capability will certainly be welcome by many users, as Instagram notes in a blog post that nearly 1 in 5 photos or videos posted on the service aren’t in square format.

It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end.

Now, users simply have to snap the photo and hit the format icon, which will allow them to select to upload either in portrait or landscape orientation. The full-sized version of the image in its correct format will show up in your connected timeline, so your friends can see the image you always wanted to share. The user profile’s grid of photos will still show the smaller box image, just as a preview.


And, as mentioned above, Instagram is adding this portrait/landscape orientation support to videos as well. The company is altering its filters, too, no longer separating photos and videos, which should make sharing and discovering easier.

Instagram version 7.5 is available now for iOS, and a link to the app is down below.


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