Facebook 360 Photos
Share an immersive view of your world
Place yourself at the center of the experience and use '360 Photo' through the Facebook app to take a full 360 degree panorama.
Immerse your friends in the experience by sharing to your Timeline and including a fun caption.
Transport yourself to somewhere new - onto the red carpet, into a stadium or to a party surrounded by friends.
Place your followers in the center of the action, ensuring there's something to see and experience at every angle.
Create a story with your photo that encourages your followers to explore the full 360 degrees.
Use one of our Photoshop templates to create 360 photos that engage and surprise your followers!
A 360 Photo is a photo that allows you to view more than just a snapshot of a scene. Some types of 360 photos even let you view the scene from every angle: above, below, behind and next to you. You can capture a 360 Photo using the Facebook mobile apps for Android and iOS, if the capability is supported for your device. Just look for the '360 Photo' icon in your status field within News Feed. You can also create 360 Photos by using special 360 camera hardware, taking a panorama on from and iPhone camera or certain Android cameras, or snapping a photo sphere from certain apps like Street View and Google Camera. When you share these photos on Facebook, they'll automatically be converted into an immersive 360-degree view.
360 photos are available on News Feed on web (Chrome, Firefox and Safari); iOS (iOS v8 or newer and iPhone 5s or newer); and Android (OS v4.4 or newer and devices from 2013 or newer). You must have the latest version of the Facebook mobile app installed on your device to enable 360 photos. On iOS that is v57 and Android is v80. You'll also be able to view 360 photos in the Oculus 360 Photos app on Gear VR and Oculus Rift.
To be recognized as a 360 photo, your photo file must have the correct metadata. We currently recognize iPhone, iPad, and certain Android phone panoramas, photos from Street View, Google Camera or Cardboard Camera and photos taken with a dedicated 360 camera (see Hardware and Apps for Facebook 360 Photos, below). If you're having trouble and want to edit a particular photo from an unsupported device, see our guide here.
Yes! All Pages and Profiles can take a 360 Photo through the Facebook app for Android or iOS and share to a Profile or Page. If you have a Facebook Page, we encourage you to start experimenting with 360 photos to share news, events, and experiences with your followers.
Viewing a 360 photo should not have a significantly different impact on your device's battery life than viewing other photos on Facebook.
Viewing a 360 photo generally uses the same amount of data as viewing a collection of regular photos when connected to WiFi. However, people that like to view photos using cellular data are encouraged to keep track of how much data they are using to avoid unexpected data charges.
No, previously uploaded panoramas or photo spheres will not automatically convert to 360 photos. We encourage you to start uploading new panoramas and photo spheres today!
No, you can un-check the '360 photo' box or tap the 360 photo icon before uploading your photo to toggle conversion on/off. In any case, your photo will still be available to view as a 360 Photo in VR.
Capture using the Facebook mobile app, take a panorama on your mobile device using a supported app (see *Hardware and Apps for Facebook 360 Photos*, below), or a take a photo using a 360 camera and share directly to Facebook.
To take a 360 Photo using your Facebook app, simply look for the '360 Photo' icon within the drop-down menu within the 'What's on your mind' box, press the blue button and follow the path until a complete panorama has been captured. Your panorama will stitch together within seconds and then you can share the photo to your Timeline. Every photo taken with the Facebook app will be saved to your Camera Roll.
If you took the photo using the Facebook app, your iPhone, one of our supported photo sphere or panorama apps for Android, or a 360 camera, then the process will be the same as uploading a regular photo.
Please note that we currently support the ability to upload only one photo at a time.
If you took the photo using your Facebook app, a panorama on your iPhone, one of our supported photo sphere or panorama apps for Android, or a 360 camera, then the process will be the same as uploading a regular photo.
You can use the Facebook mobile apps to set a 360 Photo as your cover photo on your Profile, which can be viewed on web, iOS, and Android.
We don't support 360 Photos as profile pictures at this time, nor do we support 360 Photos as cover photos for Pages.
Facebook supports most 360 Cameras that use the proper 360 Photo metadata. The list of supported 360 cameras currently includes: 360Fly, ALLie Camera, Essential 360 Camera, Garmin VIRB 360, Giroptic IO, Insta360 Nano, Air and Pro, ION360 U, moto 360 camera, Nokia Ozo, RICOH THETA S, Samsung Gear 360 and Z CAM S1. You can read more about these cameras here.
Yes! You can use the Facebook app to capture a full 360 degree panorama. Simply follow the instruction above to take a 360 Photo through Facebook.
Other 360 photo capture apps include the Google Street View iOS or Android app. You can use it for panoramas or photospheres. After capturing the photo, open the Facebook app or your photo gallery to post the photo. Any app that supports Photo Sphere XMP metadata is also a good option, including Samsung Surround Shot mode, Google Camera photosphere mode, and Google's Cardboard Camera app. Lastly, Facebook will make a best effort attempt to convert panoramas from the built in panorama mode on many Samsung and Apple devices. See below for more details.
Yes! You'll be able to view your photos through the Facebook 360 app on Samsung Gear VR, Spaces on Oculus Rift, and the Oculus 360 Photos app. 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.
To view on the Facebook 360 app for Gear VR, login into your Facebook account through the app and then navigated to 'Timeline' within the menu to see your own 360 Photos. You can also explore other great 360 Photos from Pages around the world through the app.
Facebook recognizes and processes 360 photos by looking for camera-specific metadata found in photos taken using 360-ready cameras. This information is embedded in photo's Exif (Exchangeable image file format) tags, and if you're sharing 360 photos straight from camera, Facebook should automatically process and present them as interactive 360 photos. However, if you're using an unsupported camera, or if you'd like to edit your photos and add metadata later in the process read our guide here.
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