It took a while, but it finally happened: Instagram now has a convenient way of uploading pictures from any iPhone app, including the default Photos application. That’s a feature fans have craved for almost two years, ever since Apple released iOS 8.
One of the main features of iOS 8 was support for extensions, a clever way to add functionality to certain apps, and diminish the number of extra taps needed to get to a different application from the one that’s currently in use.
Instagram updated its mobile app to version 8.2, which includes various bug fixes and improvements, but also the ability to add an Instagram extension to your activities bar.
That means you’ll be able to share a picture on Instagram with a press of a button, without having to run the full app. Unfortunately, the Instagram extension doesn’t give you a full-blown Instagram experience. That means you’ll be able to add captions to photos, but you won’t be able to use filters.
The extension works across iOS applications, and you’ll find the Instagram extension anywhere a share button is present, as seen in the image above, via 9to5Mac.