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Out of the box: Instagram update allows users to upload landscape and portrait photos and videos

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August 31
8:13 AM 2015

No more square photos!

Previously, there were fewer options when uploading photos on Instagram but its latest update, available on both iOS and Android platforms, will allow users to show off an entire photo even if it's not square-shaped.

Instagram announced on Thursday that any image of aspect ratios between 1.91:1 and 4:5 will be supported by the app.

If you want to change the way a photo appears, tap the little arrows, also called the "format icon" that can be found on the bottom left corner of the image.

When you have decided on a format, simply upload the photo the regular way.

Among the best features of the newest Instagram update is that the various photo shapes will not interfere with the appearance of your feed. Instagram said that a post will look like a center-cropped square but when clicked, the photo will show in the shape that you have chosen.

A lot of people share a common frustration on posting photos on Instagram and this is posting only square photos. Users have to install a third party app that will allow them to post non-square apps such as Cropic. Unfortunately, most of these apps are now defunct.

According to Instagram, 20 percent of all photos posted on their app are non-square so it is just annoying to users that they have to install another app just to let them post their photos in portrait and landscape.

Aside from the changes in the shapes of the photos, the app's newest update will also enable users to perform more personalization of their videos. In the past, the app uses different filters for videos and photos posted but the latest update will use the same filters for videos and photos. The intensity of the filters can also be adjusted, Instagram added.

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