Facebook is now rolling out support for 360 photos in news feed, allowing users to upload and share pictures taken with 360-degree cameras on both desktop and mobile.
Product manager Andy Huang announced in a Newsroom post
Thursday that 360 photos are available for viewing via desktop and the latest version of iOS and Android.
A 360 photo allows users to explore a 360 panoramic view of the scene in the photo by tilting their smartphones and tablet devices, or by tapping on and dragging the photo.
Facebook’s 360 video feature was introduced in September 2015.
In addition, Facebook has provided instructions on how to create and share your own 360-degree photos to Facebook:
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.