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Facebook Now Lets You Capture 360° Photos from its Mobile App

Facebook Now Lets You Capture 360° Photos from its Mobile App

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Oculus’ parent company Facebook has been a big supporter of 360-degree photos and videos on its platform for more than a year now, allowing users a unique way to share an immersive view of their world with their friends and family.

Now, the company has started rolling out a new feature that will make it easier for users to share immersive moments on their timeline or albums by adding the ability to capture 360-degree photos directly from within the Facebook app without requiring a third-party app or camera.

Here are Facebook’s simple instructions on how to take 360° photos from within its app on both iOS and Android:

  • 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.

In addition, Facebook has also updated 360-degree photos with some new features, such as allowing you zoom in on them and tag your friends as well as letting you be able to set them as cover photos on your profile.

Currently, this update only applies to 360-degree photos, so if you want to post 360-degree videos, keep in mind you’ll still need to a dedicated camera that can capture panoramic footage like the Samsung Gear 360, Insta360 or 360fly 4K—just to name a few.

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