The Facebook app on iOS now comes with the ability to take 360-degree pictures by default. This feature has been supported by Facebook for about a year now, but required users to take a panoramic image from their smartphone or camera of choice and then upload it onto the app. This new feature is going live for iOS and Android users today in the form of an app update.
These 360 degree photos can be set as your Cover Photo on Facebook, with the ability to tag people in the picture as well. You still can’t capture 360-degree videos from your phone, however. Users will require a full-blown camera like the Samsung Gear 360 to make this happen.
After the update, users will find a “360 Photo” button on top of their News Feed, offering easy access for the new feature. Once captured, you can pick the starting point of the image, giving you more control over the kind of picture you want to upload. The images can be zoomed in by the users and interacted with in the same way as any other photo.
The update should arrive anytime now, although we suggest heading over to the App Store to check if there’s one available right now.
Download → Facebook from the iTunes App Store