Instagram will now support landscape and portrait photos

Posted at 2:17 PM, Aug 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-27 16:26:24-04

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Instagram announced on Thursday the popular photo-sharing app will now support landscape and portrait modes.

Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to.

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, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square. Once you share the photo, the full-sized version of it will appear to all of your followers in feed in a beautiful, natural way. To keep the clean feel of your profile grid, your post will appear there as a center-cropped square.

Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play.

Checking out the new Instagram landscape feature

Checking out the new Instagram landscape feature

The feature will be slowly rolled out to users on Thursday. Star Wars released a new trailer on Instagram to celebrate the new feature:

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There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

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