No more screenshotting and going to your photosIt’s always been one of the most annoying parts of Instagram: If you really liked a friend’s photo, and wanted to get up close to inspect it… you couldn’t. There was no way to zoom in on a photo.Instagram has now relieved us of that error. Starting Wednesday, iOS users will be able to pinch to zoom in on Instagram photos and videos. Android users will be able to zoom in a few weeks, says the company.

Members of the Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALDs) hold a cardboard Instagram frame (L) and placards calling on youths to vote in the July 10 upper house election, in Shibuya district in Tokyo, Japan June 26, 2016. Picture taken June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai - RTX2J58L
Members of the Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALDs) hold a cardboard Instagram frame (L) and placards calling on youths to vote in the July 10 upper house election, in Shibuya district in Tokyo, Japan June 26, 2016. Picture taken June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai – RTX2J58L

“As things change, we’re still focused on improving the core parts of Instagram,” says a release from the company.

Instagram has put its app through a number of changes in the past year, most significantly adding a rolling “Stories” feature earlier this month. Many of these changes were undertaken to fend off its biggest rival, Snapchat, which has become increasingly popular among teenagers. Wednesday’s update seems to demonstrate that the app is looking for any way to improve its core services without undermining the simplicity that made it famous.

 

by Robinson Meyer