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Instagram will be gaining pinch-to-zoom on Android

It's a user interface feature that we've come to accept as part of the everyday design language of mobile, but now it's finally coming to Instagram.

Published onSeptember 2, 2016

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Soon it looks like pinching an Instagram picture or video on your Android device will actually do something. Although this ability is already available on iOS, pinch-to-zoom functionality now appears to be just a week or two away from arriving on Android.

It’s a UI feature we’re used to on practically every other app and on our browsers, so it arriving on the world’s largest photo sharing social media platform is kind of a no brainer.

“Dive into an adorable puppy’s smile or into every detail of your friend’s new shirt,” Instagram stated in a blog post. The company announced the introduction of the feature on Wednesday, Aug. 31, and said then that pinch-to-zoom would arrive on its Android app “in the coming weeks.”

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It’s far from a revolutionary feature, but it’s sure to please Instagram’s millions of daily users. In case you lost track, Instagram is now home to a staggering 300 million daily users and half a billion monthly visitors.


I for one have found myself attempting to use this pinch to zoom feature in the past only to be puzzled by a lack of response from the picture I was looking at. This update will bring a natural design element that has been lacking for some time.

What are your thoughts on this Android app finally gaining pinch-to-zoom? Let us know in the comments below!

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