Instagram will soon be testing high photos for full-screen scroll compatibility

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The photo and video sharing platform Instagram may have halted its controversial redesign, but that doesn’t mean the company plans to stop focusing on full-screen content. During the weekly Ask Me Anything, CEO Adam Mosseri confirmed that Instagram will begin testing ultra-high 9:16 photos “within a week or two.” “You can have long videos, but you can’t have long photos on Instagram. So we thought maybe we should make sure we treat both equally,” Mosseri said.

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Currently, Instagram peaks at around 4:5 when displaying vertical images cropped accordingly. But by supporting slimmer, larger 9:16 photos, they can fill the entire screen as you scroll through the app’s feed. CEO Adam Mosseri confirmed that Instagram will test this feature during the weekly Ask Me Anything.

Recently, Instagram pulled its TikTok-esque redesign. Several photographers criticized Instagram’s TikTok-esque redesign for the way all the photos are awkwardly displayed in a 9:16 frame. The new feed also added overlay gradients to the bottom of posts so text would be easier to read. But that clashed with the original look of photographers’ work.

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During Instagram’s shaky redesign test with users, Mosseri admitted more than once that the full-screen experience wasn’t ideal for photos. Now, Instagram still plans to showcase that ultra-high photo experience, but without obliging it across the board.


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