Rejoice! You Can Now Zoom In On Instagram Photos, Videos

How many times have you looked at an Instagram photo on your smartphone and instinctively tapped the picture to get a closer look at the details captured, only to be reminded that the photo sharing site doesn’t support zoom? Countless. Well, that’s about to change, finally. 

After five years of making users squint and hold their smartphones within inches of their faces to decipher what’s in the background of pictures, Instagram announced it will add a zoom function to its set of tools.

Instagram shared a video on its — what else? — Instagram account unveiling the new feature, noting iOS users can start zooming in today, while Android users will have to wait a few weeks.

“Starting today, you can pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore,” the announcement states.

While the social network doesn’t say exactly how long it’s been working on the feature or why it wasn’t included in the original platform, Instagram says the tool is just the latest innovation it plans to add to the service.

“And as things change, we’re still focused on improving the core parts of Instagram,” the company says.

Of course, adding the functionality comes with one drawback: pinching photos, videos, and profile photos puts us all at risk for inadvertently liking things we shouldn’t be looking at.

[via Mashable]