Toronto – Facebook is now rolling out support for 360 photos in the News Feed, allowing users to view as well as upload pictures taken with 360-degree cameras on both desktop and mobile.
The social networking site already offers support 360 videos
Desktop users can click and drag 360 photos to see different parts of the photo while mobile users can swipe the photos or tilt their phones, reports Mashable.
Users can now also explore Facebook 360 photos in virtual reality with the Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus. 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 Upload 360 Photos to Facebook
If you’re accessing Facebook with a Samsung Galaxy connected to a Samsung Gear VR, View in VR will appear over 360 photos in News Feed. To see a 360 photo in VR, tap View in VR.
You can upload 360’s photos the same way you do with regular images. Keep in mind that if you upload a panorama that’s wider than 100 degrees, it’ll automatically be converted to a 360 photo. You can only upload a single 360 photo at a time.
How can I create 360 photos?
A 360 photo allows you to see the photo from every angle including above, below, behind and next to you. When taking a 360 photo, the field of view will automatically be set to the middle of the photo.
To create a 360 photo:
Take a 360 photo using one of the following:
Ricoh Theta S
Giroptic 360 Cam
Samsung Gear 360
LG 360 Cam
IC Realtech ALLie
iPhone or iPad
Take a panorama pictures using one of the following:
iPhone 4S or newer
iPad mini 2 or newer
iPad Air and iPad Air 2
Take a panorama picture using one of the following in Surround Shot or Panorama mode:
Samsung Galaxy S5 or newer
Note 3 or newer
Photo Sphere Apps or Devices
Take a panorama using Street View, Google Camera, Cardboard Camera or Theta S.
Stitch images together using software like PTGui.
When you share these photos on Facebook, they’ll automatically be converted into a 360 photo. Learn how to upload 360 photos.