Instagram to test support for taller photos following backlash over video focus
What you need to know
- Instagram says it will soon begin testing larger images on the platform.
- Users will be able to send images in a 9:16 aspect ratio when the test rolls out.
- Instagram has received backlash for its recent TikTok-like changes to video.
You may not have been a fan of Instagram’s recent changes, but the company is hoping to introduce a new change that some users may appreciate.
When asked during an AMA on Friday if Instagram was working on any cool features for photos, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri stated that the company plans to start testing support for taller photos (via The Verge).
“One that we hope to test in a week or two is support for 9:16 images,” Moserri answers in his story. “Because you could have tall videos, but you can’t have tall images on Instagram, and so we thought maybe we should make sure we treat both equally.”
Right now, Instagram supports images as tall as 4:5, which isn’t always ideal for frequent posters (such as myself), mainly because smartphones usually capture images in 3:4 (or 4:3 when horizontal). It can leave parts of the top and bottom cut out of the image, meaning users have to choose to leave out part of the image. Support for taller images may help alleviate this problem for some, especially for people who take photos as tall as 9:16.
The move to support taller images follows the recent backlash the company received for moving the platform towards a TikTok-like app with an increased focus on videos, despite wanting to “deal with both [photos and videos] Never mind.” The company began testing a new full-screen layout that virtually no one liked, so the company decided to roll back some of its recent changes to brainstorm a “new idea or iteration.”
Despite the step back, support for taller images sees the platform closer to more full-screen content, and it will be interesting to see how users react to the test when it rolls out.