How to get a photo on Insta.gram without cropping it

June 9, 2013

Have you ever wondered how to get a photo on Inst.gram without having to crop out parts of it because of the square format?

I did.

I often saw others, especially photographers, post rectangular photos on Insta.gram. And try as I might, I couldn’t figure out how they did it.

Then, one day I read an article about some cool photo apps and as per usual, the focus was on iPhone apps.

So, I went to the Google play store and searched the apps. Guess what I found?

Two apps that will let you use your whole rectangular photo by adding borders on the top and bottom, or on either side if the photo if it is vertical/portrait.

The apps are Photo Square and InstaFitit… both available for free download in the Google play store.

They are both very user friendly and easy to use.

I’m going to start with Photo Squarer.

1) 6-9 photo squarer how to

After you open the app on your phone, you will see the left image. Tap the Pick An Image prompt and it will take you to your gallery to choose a photo. I chose a full-length selfie since I didn’t want my legs to be cut off – and since it is a vertical shot, the borders are to the left and right of the image. The default color is always black.

2) 6-9 photo squarer app how to2

On the bottom left of the screen, you will see a pen icon. Tap that and a color picker will pop up. Pick the color you would like and tap it and voila, your borders are now a pretty pink.

3) photo squarer app how to 3

I also like that you can zoom the image in or out depending on how much border you want around it. To get to the zoom option tap the icon with the 4 arrows on the bottom middle of the screen. The open circle lets you rotate your picture. To the left you have the sharing and save icons.

4) 6-9 photo squarer pic - result

After zooming out a bit to get some border on the top and bottom, I saved my picture to share it on Inst.gram later. The image is still rectangular but with the border around it it’s a perfect Inst.gram square!

InstaFitit works along the same lines but only has two default colors – black and white.

1) 6-9 instafitit app how to

The starting screen is a bit more involved with different editing options both on the top and bottom of the screen. Here, you need to tap the icon on the top left of the screen to get to the gallery to chose your photo. The photo will then pop up with the default black borders around it. In my case, the borders are on the top and bottom of the image since it is a horizontal landscape shot. To get the white borders all you have to do is tap the second icon on the top of the screen and it will switch from black to white.

2) 6-9 instafititapp how to2

I reverted back to the black borders, as I felt it fit my image better. As you can see, on top of the screen, the two right options say  Demo – you can demo your shot and see what it would look like with a shadow or a mirror image. (Right screen is the shadow option.) The two options are only available in the pro version which costs $2.00. Not a bad price, but I’m a cheap skate and confess that I like the Photo Squarer app a bit better. On the bottom of the screen are your (from left to right) save, rotate, sharing and system options.

3) 6-9 instafitit pic - result

It does the trick and just like Photo Squarer it will make the rectangular image fit into Insta.gram without having to crop part of the photo out.

I hope, you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial and will share some of your rectangular photos on Insta.gram. I’m bocafrau, by the way, and I’d love for you to leave me your user name in the comments – if you’d like a new follower on Insta.gram. 🙂

To see some other how to’s for my fave Android apps you can go here, here and here!!!

I hope, everyone has a wonderful week.





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  • Rorybore June 10, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    great info! I have InstaFrame….but not sure completely happy. Maybe will try the InstaFitit one too.

    • Susi June 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Don’t think you can use InstaFrame on Android. I’d definitely give it a try… They are both very easy to use. 🙂

  • Sandra June 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for the tips! Been wondering how to do this!

    • Susi June 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      It’s fun and so easy that I use the app quite a bit now. 🙂 Enjoy!!!

  • Alison June 15, 2013 at 1:47 am

    iPhone has the best apps. I have an old Android, can’t even get Snapseed 🙂
    Great tips!

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