Facebook Now lets Users Take a 360 Photo In-App and Set Them as Cover Photos

Users can now shoot Facebook in-app 360 photos and even set them as Cover Photos with a new update that’s rolling out starting today…

Facebook is a huge supporter of 360 photos. And now, it’s introducing an in-app feature for Android and iOS. Beginning today, select users are able to take 360 degree photos without special cameras or third-party apps.

Take a Facebook In-App 360 Photo and Set It as a Cover Photo

The Facebook in-app 360 photo feature works by capturing a panorama. And, it’s now possible to set 360-images as a Cover Photo from any source. This represents the only update to roll out to Cover Photos since its release, according to TechCrunch.

Any 360 photos act just like regular images on Facebook. Users can post them to their Timeline, share them in albums, or add them to Groups. 360-photo capture using the Facebook camera is easy. The company uses both computer vision and machine learning to automatically render the image after users shoot in panorama.

Additionally, users can now zoom in on 360-photos and even tag Friends. Facebook revealed in an email to Social Pro Daily 70 million 360 photos have already been uploaded to the social network since it added support for them in June 2016.

Facebook explains how to use the in-app 360 photos for those with access to the new feature. Here’s the instructions quoted directly:

  • Open the Facebook app and click the 360 Photo option from the top of your News Feed where you update your status.
  • Press the blue button and follow the path from start to finish until you’ve taken a complete panorama.
  • Select your preferred starting view within the photo and share.

The Facebook in-app 360-photo option appears right in the update section, situated between “Tag People” and “Poll.”

Facebook in-app 360 photos screenshot
Credit: Facebook

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