Sharing photos quickly with friends and family is easier than ever now that we all have Instagram on our phones, but the popular app has never been the first choice for photo enthusiasts. Filters are great, but what photographers have always wanted is access to the high-res versions of their shots. Years later, it looks like they’re finally getting what they want.
As reported by The Verge, Instagram is now storing photographs on its servers at 1080 x 1080 resolution as opposed to the 640 x 640 resolution users have come to expect. One user stumbled upon one of the new 1080px resolution photos when he received a link via messaging app Telegram. This leads us to believe an official update is coming soon, but Instagram hasn’t shared any news regarding high-res photos yet.
If you want to find your own high quality photos, simply head to a desktop browser, go to the page of a recent Instagram photo, open the page’s source and then search for a link ending in “.jpg” within the source. The first link should be the one you’re looking for.
Here’s a sample of an original Instagram photo as displayed on Instagram.com:
And here’s the full 1080px image from within the page’s source code (click the image to see it at 1080px):