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July 6, 2015

Instagram stores HD images but you need to dig deeper to view them

by John_A

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Despite its many virtues, the popular photo sharing app, Instagram, had one major flaw: users could only upload low resolution images on it. But we noticed last weekend that it began storing images of HD (1080 x 1080 pixels) resolution, which is an upgrade from the standard 640 x 640 pixels photos.

However, there is a catch – you can’t see them in HD resolution yet. At least not in the mobile app. If you really want to view a high resolution Instagram image, make sure that it has been uploaded recently. Also, you need to go to the desktop version of the app, and then access source code. If you are not familiar with the term, right click on the image and choose the ‘Inspect elements’ option. A panel will appear showing the source code including a URL link to the image that you are trying to access.

While it might sound like too much trouble to see an image, the move might be precursor to a new era of Instagram where HD images will be the norm. And why not, mobile camera sensors are getting bigger in size and precision with each passing day. Nowadays, even a budget phone comes with at least an 8-megapixel rear camera, so, it is only fair of photo sharing apps to aspire for higher standards.

Source: The Verge

Via: Engadget

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