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After videos, now post 360-degree photos on Facebook

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Soon your Facebook friends will be able to share your experiences, with the social network's new 360-degree photo feature. From exploring exotic destinations to celebrating a wedding, your friends can now use the 360-degree photo option to actually participate in your experiences.

In an official blogpost, Facebook said, "For the first time, you can now easily share 360 photos on Facebook. Simply take a panorama with your phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera, and then post it on Facebook as you would a normal photo. From there, we'll convert it to an immersive 360 photo that people can explore, similar to how people experience 360 videos on Facebook."

How to identify a 360-degree photo

360-degree photos are easy to identify in the News Feed. Just look for the compass icon on the right-hand side of the photo. Explore a 360-degree photo on your phone by tapping and dragging the photo or by moving your phone.

Interestingly, users can also explore 360-degree photos on virtual reality via Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus.

Facebook explains, "While using a supported Samsung device, simply click View in VR in the top left corner of the video, place the phone in the Gear VR, and experience the photo in an immersive VR environment."

How to view 360 degree photos

360-degree photos can be viewed on Facebook via the web and the latest version of the Facebook app on iOS and Android.

Over the next few days, Facebook will roll out the ability to share your own 360-degree photos.

First published: 10 June 2016, 2:59 IST