We all are far too familiar with the scenario of scrolling through Instagram and wanting to get a closer look. You try to pinch in, but are once again reminded that Insta deemed that feature unnecessary –– until now!
Starting today, you can pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore. Dive into an adorable puppy’s smile or into every detail of your friend’s new shirt. Over the past six months, you’ve seen many exciting changes come to Instagram, from a new icon to longer videos and even a new way to share everyday moments with Instagram Stories. And as things change, we’re still focused on improving the core parts of Instagram. Zoom is available today for Instagram on iOS. Zoom will be available on Android in the coming weeks.
Yesterday Instagram announced that iOS users never have to squint again, with the Android update coming out later. Users will be able to pinch-to-zoom throughout the entire app. This includes profiles, pictures, videos and the explore page.
This feature has been requested for a long time, so much that many how-tos are available to make it accessible.
From PetaPixel’s video it seems that you can pinch-to-zoom and then once you remove your fingers from the screen the picture pops back into place.
For photographers, this might mean that you spend a little extra time in Photoshop getting that pimple gone, or putting some extra care into editing altogether. Either way, we’re excited to stop having to strain our eyes to see someone’s profile picture.