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One For The Insta-Creeps: You Can Now Zoom On Instagram

And you don't do it by double-tapping.

01/09/2016 10:21 AM AEST | Updated 01/09/2016 10:27 AM AEST
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You can now zoom in on pictures of puppies, or good looking people, or ex-boyfriends, or....

If you have an embarrassing number of Instagram screenshots in your phone, to zoom without fear of accidentally 'liking' a pic from 83 weeks ago, you're in luck. Instagram has today launched an update which lets you zoom in on both images and videos.

iOS users can use two fingers to "pinch" the screen and zoom in or out on any photo or video. Android creeps will have to wait a little longer, but an update is in the works.

The brand announced the news on the official Instagram account, complete with a super-cute puppy video. Because everyone loves a puppy video.

Starting today, you can pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore. Dive into an adorable puppy's smile or into every detail of your friend's new shirt. Over the past six months, you've seen many exciting changes come to Instagram, from a new icon to longer videos and even a new way to share everyday moments with Instagram Stories. And as things change, we're still focused on improving the core parts of Instagram. Zoom is available today for Instagram on iOS. Zoom will be available on Android in the coming weeks.

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Before now, the only way you could get a close-up of someone's post was to screenshot it, then go into your photo album and zoom to your heart's content. Good luck explaining that to anyone who happens to swipe through your photos.

Other recent changes to include 'Suggested Stories' on the explore page. But beware, if you end up on your best friend's, brother's, girlfriend's account and decide you'd like to have a casual browse at her story, she'll be able to see which users viewed her story, by account name.

Happy zooming!

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