Instagram has made a small tweak


Instagram's latest update is getting rid of one of its most frustrating features, the forced cropping of photos and videos into one size.

Until now images needed to be squeezed into the app's trademark 'square' setting - this will remain the default, but you will also be able to post full-sized photos and videos.


When Instagram was first designed it adopted the use of square photos to stand out from other photo-sharing apps, and to make images look consistent as you scroll through posts.

Another factor was that the square photos fitted neatly on the first generations of smart phones which had average screen sizes of close to 3.5 inches - the growing trend of larger smartphones is believed to be one of the factors which has influenced Instagram's decision to give users more freedom.

A blog post from Instagram reads: "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.

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