Say farewell to Instagram being all about square format! It’s not necessarily so anymore since today, the company unveiled an update that lets users share their photos in landscape or portrait mode in addition to the 1×1 square format. For years, the workaround involved using another app that added white areas to the sides.
According to the company’s blog post, you can make the changes using the format icon before uploading. This change doesn’t only work with photos, but also with video. And that means that vertical video is finally something that is truly supported. To that end, all of the filters (both photo and video filters) will work all across the board on all media you choose to upload.
When it comes to viewing a person’s profile, the images will appear as a center cropped square in the 3×3 grid format until the user clicks on an image. What that means is that photographers using Instagram as a main profile no longer are limited to only showing off what they’re capable of doing in the square format alone. They now have so many more options available.