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Tuesday 25 October 2016

You can finally zoom in on Instagram photos

Cara McGoogan

Published 02/09/2016 | 09:40

New Instagram logo
New Instagram logo

Instagram has released an update to its iOS app that introduces one of users' most wanted features: pinch to zoom. 

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The new feature means that users can now reverse pinch on a photo or video to zoom in on it. To date the lack of zoom, which is a staple in almost all other picture sharing and viewing apps, has been a major gripe for the photo sharing service's 500 million users.

Zoom has been added to the app after a raft of changes this year, including a new logo and the Snapchat-style Stories section.

Zoom can be used to focus on a detail in posts on the main feed, as well as on people's profiles and the Explore section. Although it is currently only available to iOS users, Instagram said that zoom would be coming to Android "in the coming weeks". 

If you're an iOS user and don't have access to the feature yet, try updating the app. The feature might not be available to all users immediately.

Pinching and zooming on a photo and video pulls it out of its frame and blows it up so it fills the page. Given that before users would have to screenshot an image to then zoom in on it, and that they can't download the video or photo files from the app, the now easy way to look at them close-up the addition is expected to be very popular.

And it means that there will be no more awkward moments when you favourite a picture by mistake that you were trying to zoom in on. 

Some users have complained that the latest update to the app, which launched a Stories section earlier this month, is creepy.

"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," said Instagram. 

"And as things change, we're still focused on improving the core parts of Instagram."

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