At Last, Instagram Has a Pinch-to-Zoom Feature

Have you accidentally double tapped on an 84-week-old photo of a person while “investigating” their Instagram feed? Or has your mom ever asked you if you could zoom in on a photo that you showed her and she accidentally double tapped it?

Instagram finally listened and introduced a “Pinch-to-Zoom” feature which lets you zoom into photos without taking screenshots of them to see the details more clearly.


Starting today, you can pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore. Dive into an adorable puppy’s smile or into every detail of your friend’s new shirt. Over the past six months, you’ve seen many exciting changes come to Instagram, from a new icon to longer videos and even a new way to share everyday moments with Instagram Stories. And as things change, we’re still focused on improving the core parts of Instagram. Zoom is available today for Instagram on iOS. Zoom will be available on Android in the coming weeks.

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This feature has currently been rolled out only onto the iOS version of the app, but will soon come to Android as well.

Now you’ll be able to see what kind of cheese your friend had on the burger that made them caption their picture “food porn”.

You can also zoom in to see that cute puppy you on your feed – which your dad promised but never got for you – and pretend its yours for five glorious seconds.