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How To: Upload Non Square Cropped Images On Instagram For Android

Instagram, which was recently taken over by Facebook for $1 Billion $700 Million,  also recently released an Android app. While this was met with a lot of consternation by iPhone users, who thought of it as an exclusive club of sorts for them, Instagram has increased even more in popularity ever since.

Instagram insists on users sharing photos in the 1:1 Square Aspect Ratio, reasoning that it is easy to view on a mobile phone in portrait mode. On the iOS App, it is possible to upload non Square Cropped images, where the app fills in black space on the top and bottom. However, on the Android application, this isn’t possible. Users are forced to crop their image to a Square. Often this can lead to loss of crucial detail from the image.

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For example, the image above just wont have the same effect with the sides cropped out. Today, we have a workaround solution for this for Android users of Instagram.

The workaround consists of using an App from the Play Store called Square It. Now, one might write this method off thinking it is too long and tedious to just upload a picture to Instagram, but surprisingly it can be done in a reasonable amount of steps.

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We enjoy One Swipe camera access on our Galaxy Nexus, so we swipe open the Camera directly from the lockscreen. [divider]

2) Share Directly To Square It 
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One swipe to the right after clicking the picture opens up the image, with a share button right above it.
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Here we just select Square It from the list. Note that post ICS, this list is dynamic and the most shared to apps appear at the top. Hence, if you share to Square It often, it will become the first item on the list and make it even faster to do.[divider]

3) Chose Image Orientation, Background Color
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You can upload full images in either portait or landscape orientation.

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You can also choose which color you want the background to be. We selected black. [divider]

4) Share To Instagram App
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At the bottom of the screen there is a Share button, which you press and then select Instagram. Its a bit strange that this takes two steps, when it could easily take one. Oh well.

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5) Load Your Favourite Filter, And Send 
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Add your Filter of choice, and send it off into the world of people’s lunches and daily commutes. You no longer have to Square Crop your images. [divider]
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This is a temporary solution. We hope Instagram updates their Android App to allow for non 1:1 images too, sooner rather than later.

  • Sahil

    Damn cool!

  • Hips

    There is new android app, called #Square. It doesn’t mess quality of your photos and lets you choose image format on save. SquareIt isn’t as good as #Square is!