How To Stop Instagram From Cropping Photos

Instagram’s default function to crop images into a square format can often result in loss of content and context, ultimately affecting the aesthetic of your feed. But did you know there’s a way to bypass this? In this blog post, we will guide you on how to stop Instagram from cropping your photos, allowing you to upload them in their original aspect ratio.

Option 1: Use Instagram’s native format option

Instagram has its own built-in feature that allows you to post your photos without cropping. Follow the steps below to use this feature:

  1. Launch the Instagram app on your phone.
  2. Tap on the ‘+’ (Plus) icon at the bottom center of your screen to add a new post.
  3. Select the photo you want to upload from your gallery.
  4. Before you proceed, look for a button on the bottom left of the preview screen. This button, which looks like two outward-facing arrows, is the “format” button.
  5. Pressing this button will adjust your photo to display in its original aspect ratio, thus preventing Instagram from cropping it.
  6. Once you’re satisfied with how your photo looks, simply tap on ‘Next’ to proceed with your usual posting process.

Please note that this feature works for both portrait and landscape images, but the maximum aspect ratio Instagram allows is 4:5 for portrait images and 1.91:1 for landscape images.

Option 2: Use a third-party app

There are plenty of third-party apps available that can help you post uncropped photos on Instagram. These apps work by adding a border around your photo, effectively turning it into a square while keeping your original image intact. Some popular apps for this purpose include No Crop & Square for Instagram, InstaSize, and Square Fit.

Option 3: Use an image editing tool

If you don’t want to rely on Instagram or install a new app, you can simply use an image editing tool like Adobe Photoshop or even your phone’s built-in editing tools to manually adjust the aspect ratio of your photo.

Here’s how you can do it:

  Open the image editor of your choice.
  Import your photo.
  Choose the crop tool.
  Manually adjust the aspect ratio to 1:1 for a perfect square.
  Save your photo and upload it to Instagram.

These are the three main methods to stop Instagram from automatically cropping your photos. By following these steps, you can ensure that your photos are displayed in their full glory, exactly how you intended!