Instagram Could Soon Get a Dedicated ‘Portrait Mode’ Feature Within Its Camera


A new revelation has uncovered the possibility of Instagram getting a “Portrait Mode” feature for stories and posts. This was revealed by Ishan Agarwal on Twitter, who tore down an APK (Android Package Kit) and found this within the system alongside other camera modes like Live and Reverse.

Going by the leak, it’s possible that Instagram will position this as an alternative to Portrait Mode photography that we see on the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. Since this was spotted on the Android version of the app, it’s safe to assume that this won’t be limited to just iPhones. However, the leak was caught at a very early stage, so it’s still too soon to tell if this feature will ever see the light of the day.

Instagram - Portrait Mode

A feature like this does make sense, however, especially considering how background bokeh effects are actively pursued by manufacturers. Only a handful of Android devices achieve this feat, though. By offering an app based alternative to this feature, users might not require dedicated hardware. But with that being said, it’s possible that Instagram will limit this feature to those devices that have dedicated hardware for Portrait Mode photography.

Agarwal, who was behind this leak, also found substance within the code that revealed the possibility of voice and video calling within Instagram, potentially turning it into an instant messaging application. The existence of these features have only been revealed by leaks, and we haven’t heard anything conclusive from Instagram or Facebook as of yet.

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[Via Ishan AgarwalTechCrunch]