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Spare the square, Instagram now lets you upload landscape and portrait photos

Squares are for squares and it may have taken Instagram a really long time to figure that out, but at least the era of cropped pictures is coming to an end. Earlier today Instagram announced that the company will allows users to “share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation.”

Don’t worry square lovers, you can still upload your pictures in the classic square-shape as well after the update. The company stated that the square format, “has been and always will be part of who we are.”

For the rest of us, that have been trying to upload non-square images (Instagram states that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format) the new option will allow us to share the way we want to, with videos or in just pictures.

The company went on to say, “Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square. Once you share the photo, the full-sized version of it will appear to all of your followers in feed in a beautiful, natural way. To keep the clean feel of your profile grid, your post will appear there as a center-cropped square.”

This new update will have a larger impact on users that want to upload video on Instagram, “which in widescreen can be more cinematic than ever,” the company explained. “While we’ve historically had separate filters for photos and for videos, all filters will now work on all types of moments. You can also adjust the intensity of filters on videos, too.”

All of this comes just as Instagram prepares new APIs and media formats with advertisers, which probably isn’t a coincidence. Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play. At least you won’t have to do as much cropping from now on.