Facebook just announced 360-degree photos, because why the heck not? We’ve been enjoying 360-degree videos on our timelines for quite a while now, and yeah, it’s cool and fun, but you need a special camera to make one yourself. So here’s Facebook, finally blessing everyone’s timelines with 360-degree photos.
If you happen to own a 360-degree camera, then you’re covered. If you don’t own one, fortunately, there’s an easy hack. It’s not necessarily a 360-degree photo, but it’s fun enough if you want to let your friends experience, let’s say, a view you’re currently enjoying or an immersive snap of an event you’re attending.
The hack is simple – panoramas. Facebook automatically converts panoramas saved on your phone into ‘tiltable’ photos. The final output is actually only 180-degrees, but its nice enough if you just want to try out the new feature. Here’s how:
- Take a panorama using your iOS or Android device.
- Upload the panorama through the Facebook app. Your photo should be marked a ‘globe’ icon on the lower right corner.
- Once uploaded, tap on the photo and tilt away!
I made one myself, and you can check it out here.
Of course, 360-degree photos are viewed best through a VR headset or a Google Cardboard, but if you don’t have one, holding your phone up and tilting around is as much fun, too!