Ever since Facebook acquired Oculus, they’ve been finding new ways to integrate 360 degree and vr content into our daily lives. 360 degree video debuted on the site quite a while ago, bringing new content to people’s phones and headsets. Today the company announced support for 360 degree photos as well, giving users yet another outlet to display their content, and giving casual browsers a new form of media consumption.
The company is launching the feature on iOS, Android, and Web, and will be rolling out the feature to users on a rolling basis over the next couple of days. If you’re curious how you can take your own 360 degree photos, Facebook has gone ahead and released a small guide on how to do so, as we’ve copied below:
How Do I Take 360 Photos?
- Take a panorama on your iOS device or Samsung Galaxy phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera.
- Open the Facebook app and share the photo as you would any other photo: tap the status tool from the top of your Timeline or News Feed, select Photo/Video, choose the photo you want to share, and tap Post.
- Once your photo is posted, look around in your photo — or any other 360 photo in News Feed that’s marked with the compass icon — by moving your phone or dragging with your finger. Tap on the photo to view it in full screen.
- On Samsung Gear VR-compatible phones, you’ll see a button in the top left corner of your photo that says “View in VR.” If you tap on that button and insert your phone into your Gear VR headset, you can see your 360 photo in virtual reality.
Excited to start sharing your global masterpieces?