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Most of the pictures that Instagram users share on the platform tend to look amazing - within the app. But until now, there's been a pretty glaring problem with the final images that the app exports - most notably in their size.

When posting a photo, Instagram compresses your hi-res camera images into 640x640-pixel files to host on the app. Sadly, these just don't shape up anymore. We live in a world where tablets like the iPad have retina display, and the resolution of a desktop computer screen can reach over 5,000 pixels in width; a puny 640p image just looks disappointing on displays such as these:

Fortunately, our days of pretty but low-res photos could soon be over. The Verge has reported that Instagram has been quietly saving photos in 1080px resolution; which on average is about the size and quality of an HD YouTube video in full-screen.

The word is that the app have been "gradually rolling out 1080 across iOS and Android" since last week, meaning that they're gearing up to officially host bigger images across the platform. Could this mean that Instagram is about to become more user-friendly for desktop and tablet devices?

The Verge managed to find a few examples where 1080p photos are available, and the difference in size and quality on the site is immediately noticeable:



A photo posted by Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) onJul 4, 2015 at 5:45pm PDT



1080p Instagram Photo

If you want to find the pretty hi-res versions of your recent photos, you can do so by taking these steps:

  1. Open your Instagram photo in the desktop browser.
  2. Right-click and select "View Source".
  3. When the page of code opens, press Ctrl+F (or Cmd+F) and search for ".jpg"
  4. The direct link to your image should be the first result on the page.
  5. Copy and paste that link, and enjoy!


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