Instagram is a fun social media platform, dedicated to the sharing of photos and up until recently, it started to allow videos and stories.
Some people have noticed that when they post on Instagram, the photo quality isn’t as good as the original photo you took. Especially with the emergence of the 10 to 12-megapixel cameras, on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the iPhone X, photo quality should be up by a huge margin.
The photos or videos you upload may look burry once they’re posted and they don’t retain the original high quality. There are a few ways to upload high-quality photos to Instagram without quality diminishing.
The Reason Photo Quality is Reduced
The reason your photos lose quality is the limitations that Instagram imposes on the photos being uploaded. All photos are constrained within 1080 pixels (px) so this results in a compression especially when your original photo size is 4000 x 3000px.
This is done in order to give way for best user experience in photo loading, optimizing network connectivity, and taking up minimal space in the phone’s memory and drive.
Here are 6 ways to fix the photo quality you’ll be uploading via Instagram, which will still stay in the limitation of 1080px but have better quality output.
1. Fix Instagram Settings
The first method to fix the photo quality on Instagram is through the app’s settings.
- Go to your Instagram profile. To do this, you can tap on the lower right icon or your profile picture. This will show you the profile tab.
- Tap on the menu. This is in the upper right icon with the three horizontal lines.
- Click Settings.
- Click Account.
- Click on Mobile Data Use below. You’ll see that Instagram can help save data so this may also affect the quality of the experience.
- Toggle off Use Less Data.
2. Maximize the Camera Settings on your Phone
- Open the default Camera app.
- Tap on the Gear icon. This will pull up the settings menu of the Camera app. You’ll immediately see the picture size on the top portion of the settings.
- Click on Picture size.
- Set it to the biggest size resolution. You can also tap on the video size and make sure it’s at the maximum resolution size. For the example below, its FHD 1920 x 1080. If you’re using the front camera for selfies and videos, make sure to adjust the settings for that as well.
When you adjust the settings and max it out, Instagram will reduce the size of an image to fit its maximum rules. The maximum size of Instagram posts are 1080px so if you take images from the default camera, utilizing the best resolution will let you keep within the maximum size of posts.
3. Use Instagram’s Camera
If you’re using another Camera app, maybe you can consider using Instagram’s default camera app. Although there isn’t much you can do with the default camera of Instagram, it takes pretty decent photos that are high-res.
This follows the previous method’s technique in taking a high-resolution photo and the post will just be adjusted upon upload to the platform.
If you’re exchanging photos through Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, there’s a hundred percent chance that the media content gets compressed. Facebook and WhatsApp do this in order to keep the experience smooth and sacrifices some of the content quality of the photos and videos.
I know I’m guilty of this because I always send photos through WhatsApp so I didn’t realize that the media gets compressed until I dug into the file directory.
Alternatives to this can be sharing the file through Bluetooth, or uploading it via Google Drive or iCloud.
5. Update your Instagram App
One way you may be experiencing some poor image quality is if the app version you’re using is outdated. Consider going to Google Play or iTunes App Store and download the latest version of Instagram. The app updates from time to time so you can check back to the app page of Instagram for the latest version.
You can also consider updating your device if you’re using an older unit. Older units have an older version of Android or iOS which may not have the capabilities needed to run a more recent version of the Instagram app.
6. Use Other Photo editing apps/programs
There are many other third party apps and programs that you can use for your perfect Instagram post. If you’ve seen the vivid and beautiful images by many of today’s Instagram influencers, then you can bet a few of them would have used a third party app or program.
If you’re on your phone or a desktop, you can use Canva. They already considered Instagram’s pre-set structures and framework so their templates are very good in quality.
I use this whenever I need a quick edit because the templates are ready to go. Canva really compliments Instagram and other apps that allow you to post images and content. Canva has a mobile app that lets you do the editing on your phone so you don’t need to change screens or access your laptop or desktop.
Instagram serves as a high engagement platform that allows businesses to reach out to an audience and form genuine connections.
The developers of Instagram had set up the platform with limitations so that people will not be uploading content that are heavy in size and way too big for any display device.
When I encountered the resolution and quality problem, I realized that I was taking photos with a small resolution so it ended up looking blurry. Consider trying the options that I’ve laid out above and let me know how it works out for you.
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