Facebook announced this week that it now officially supports 360-degree photos snapped on your smartphone. Previously, you needed a fancy 360-degree camera to upload that sort of content but, now, Facebook can just accept photos snapped with 360-degree photo apps or your stock panorama software. Once uploaded, your friends will be able to tap and drag around the photo, checking out the full view from wherever you took the picture.
“Beyond News Feed, you’ll also be able to explore Facebook 360 photos in virtual reality with the Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus,” Facebook said. “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.”
If you’re interested in trying the feature, Facebook recommends using the panorama function on your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone and then uploading it. You can also use a third-party app that lets you create a 360-image. After it’s uploaded, you’ll be able to view the photo by moving your phone in any direction or by tapping and panning. There’s also the option to “View in VR” if you have the aforementioned Samsung Gear headset.