How to Stop Instagram from Automatically Zooming
Instagram is a strange beast. Although it is extremely user-friendly, some aspects of it will make you resort to Google in frustration. This is especially true if the problem is related to posting photos. After all, Instagram is the most popular social medium in the world and it is based on photos. Fortunately, if you ever encounter a problem with this platform, a workaround is often already available. The people who use Instagram a lot might not necessarily be techies, but they are definitely Instagram-savvy.
One of the main issues concerning posting on Instagram is that it is almost exclusively a mobile app. The screen size plays a vital role on most phones and depending on the model, sizes do vary. With the maximum aspect ratio of 4:5 for portrait posts, Instagram isn’t tall-photo-friendly; the portrait-sized photos are the name of the game here. Unfortunately, most phone photos happen to be tall, which makes Instagram zoom them in to fit the 4:5 ratio.
The Obvious Solution
Owing to the fact that Instagram restricts you to the mentioned 4:5 ratio, the app itself offers the solution to this issue.
When uploading a tall picture to Instagram as a post, the option to make it fit the 4:5 ratio is located to the far left in the photo preview. However, this option is fairly limiting, especially with phones with large screens, as it can’t “zoom-out” the photo to the maximum. This prevents the uploader from posting an image in its full size.
Using an Editor
Naturally, you can use the Photos app on Windows to resize the picture. However, this will require you to send the photo to your PC and then send it back to your phone for the upload, as the web version of Instagram doesn’t allow you to upload photos. Another problem with the default editor on Windows is that the 4:5 aspect ratio option doesn’t exist. Even if it did, it would just zoom the picture in, anyway.
Of course, you could manually resize it and hope for the best, but this may take some time until you get things just right.
Using External Apps
Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t offer any other options for adjusting tall photos. Your best bet is to use one of many 3rd party apps. The apps below, however, were made with mobile users in mind, meaning that you’ll only be able to use them on your phone. That removes the need for a computer. Here are two great apps that can help.
Kapwing is a free app that solves the aspect ratio problem for you in three simple steps: you upload the photo, resize it to 4:5 in the app, download it and post it on Instagram.
You can download the iPhone app from your App Store and put it to use immediately. Once you’ve uploaded the image, navigate to the Resize section in the Kapwing app and find the FB/Twitter Portrait option, as these also use the 4:5 ratio. Do not use the Instagram 1:1 option as this will shrink your image and turn it into a square.
Now, simply download the Instagram-ready photo and post it.
Upload your desired photo using the camera button in the left corner with “NEW” above it. Tweak the options within the app until you have your ideal picture. It’s all easy and straightforward because the app actually resembles Instagram.
Posting Great Content
To some, the whole 4:5 issue on Instagram may sound trivial, but some people use this social media platform to earn money. Quality of the content is essential here and it’s the little things such as posting the photo exactly the way you intended that make a huge difference.
Do you know of any other ways of resizing tall pictures to fit Instagram’s 4:5 aspect ratio? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.