Back when Instagram started, most Smartphones could not take high quality (1080p) photos. This was back in 2010 and 5 years down the line, getting a smartphone that can take such photos is not that hard. This is why Instagram is implementing some changes that will ensure users enjoy sharper feeds.
For the past five years, Users who uploaded images of 1080 x 1080 pixels to Instagram had them compressed to 640 x 640 pixels on Instagram. This was not a big deal for many people but those who are very keen noticed the not so good quality photos. Am not a big Instagram fan so I didn’t notice this. I never even thought of this a bit until today.
Instagram has confirmed that it’s upgrading its service to allow 1080×1080 photo uploads. In a tweet, Instagram’s cofounder, Mike Krieger said, “We’re rolling out 1080×1080 uploads (and higher-quality viewing) for IG on iOS and Android. Let me know if feed looks a bit sharper today :).”
We’re rolling out 1080×1080 uploads (and higher-quality viewing) for IG on iOS and Android. Let me know if feed looks a bit sharper today — Mike Krieger (@mikeyk)
The rollout is happening gradually so do not lose your mind if you do not see any changes just yet. Instagram has not given a date when the update will be available to all users but I reckon that it would be very soon as the word ‘1080px’ has already been found on Instagram’s source code.