Zooming in on Instagram: 9 steps (with images)

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Zooming in on Instagram: 9 steps (with images)
Zooming in on Instagram: 9 steps (with images)
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This article will teach you how to zoom in on a thumbnail or detail of any image or video on Instagram's mobile app. While it is possible to view Instagram on a desktop browser, the ability to zoom is only available on the mobile app.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Zoom in on a detail

Zoom in on Instagram Step 1

Step 1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile device

The Instagram logo resembles the icon of a square camera.

If your device does not automatically log you in to Instagram, please log in with your phone number, username or email address and password

Zoom in on Instagram Step 2

Step #2. Press Instagram's Home button

This button resembles a small house icon and is located in the lower-left corner of the screen.

You can also tap a post on your Discover page, your own profile, or another user's Profile Grid. You can zoom in on any image or video that is open in full screen, as well as on all posts in a user's 'Profile List'

Zoom in on Instagram Step 3

Step 3. Press a message with two fingers and move out

Press two fingers on an image or video and spread your fingers further apart to zoom in on a detail. You can use the fingers you want for this.

Zoom in on Instagram Step 4

Step 4. Remove your fingers from the screen

This will zoom you out of the message. Now you will again see the image or video in full screen.

Method 2 of 2: Enlarge a thumbnail

Zoom in on Instagram Step 5

Step 1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile device

Instagram's logo resembles the icon of a square camera.

If your device does not automatically log you in to Instagram, please log in with your phone number, username or email address and password

Zoom in on Instagram Step 6

Step 2. Tap on the magnifying glass icon

This button is next to the little house icon in the lower-left corner of the screen. This will open your Discover page.

You can also tap the heart icon in the bottom toolbar to open your "Notifications" or to open your "Profile Grid" or that of another user. This method works on all thumbnails including profile grids, saved lists, your Photos of You page, and notifications

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Step #3. Press and hold on the thumbnail of any image or video

The message will appear centrally on your screen in full screen. When you remove your fingers, the entire image will be resized to the thumbnail again.

If you're using an iPhone 6s or later with the 3D Touch feature turned on, press the image first, then continue holding it down firmly

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Step #4. Swipe up while holding

This will bring up a menu with options to 'Like' the message, 'View the Profile' or 'Send as Message'.

Depending on your device and current software, you may see a toolbar at the bottom of the image with different icons for these options, without having to swipe up on your screen

Zoom in on Instagram Step 9

Step 5. Swipe down on the message

This will close the preview popup. The image or video will be resized to the thumbnail.

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