It wasn’t that long ago when creating 360-degree photos that you could share with others online required special camera kit, and you had to post them on websites that supported the feature. It’s since got much easier, and as of the latest update to the Android Facebook app, you don’t need anything more than a Samsung Galaxy phone and the stock camera app.

Simply take a panorama with your phone […] 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 … 

360-degree photos posted to Facebook can be identified by the compass icon overlayed on the right-hand side. When viewing on your phone, just turn yourself and the phone to look around; on the web, click-and-drag.

You don’t need to do anything special to upload them. Once you have the panorama on your Galaxy phone, just tap Photo in the Facebook app as normal and select the panoramic image – Facebook will do the rest.

Facebook often does ‘silent’ updates to the app, where no update is shown but functionality is added in the background, so most people will gave the feature by now.

As you may have guessed from the photo Facebook used, the feature is also supported by iPhones. There’s no word yet on when it will come to non-Galaxy Android phones.

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