Instagram Is Getting Ready For HD

by • July 7, 2015 • Breaking News, InstagramComments Off on Instagram Is Getting Ready For HD6546

Instagram is all about images. And as more and more services now offer to print out your insta-snaps photos, Instagram knew it had to improve image quality on its platform. Apparently, this is exactly what is happening now, as the social network is now storing high resolution images on its servers.

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As spotted by The Verge, images are now uploaded and stored at 1080×1080 pixels on Instagram, up from the usual 640×640 pixels.

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However, the app and website are yet to display photos in the new resolution for now. But you can find higher resolutions of the images by digging around the source code. On Safari or Google Chrome use “inspect element” and search for the photo in the “images” folder.

Here is an example photo, uploaded to Instagram from my iPhone. As you can see the pic on Instagram itself is still at the lower resolution of 640×640 pixels:

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However, as you can see from the below screenshot (taken from Photoshop after copying the image from the source code), the image is now stored on Instagram servers at 1080×1080 pixels.


Instagram has confirmed that they are “gradually rolling out 1080 on both iOS and Android. Most people should have it.”

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It is very likely that this change will greatly benefit peripheral services like Shutterfly or Printl which have made a business out of printing Instagram pics. But overall, this will be a nice improvement to the viewing experience.

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