How to resize a photo for Instagram

You are a photography lover and, since you always take lots of shots, you would like to publish them on Instagram . In fact, you have already tried, but the results are not satisfying, as the photos do not have an ideal aspect ratio for the famous social network and you do not know how to resize them adequately. That’s the way it is, am I right? If so, don’t worry – I’m here to help.

If you wonder how to resize a photo for Instagram , you will be happy to know that you have just come across the right tutorial at the right time. In the next chapters of this guide, in fact, I will explain in detail how to resize a photo, using the tools made available by Instagram itself (yes, there are!) Or with third-party apps.

If, therefore, now you can’t wait to find out more, sit down comfortably and just take a few minutes of free time to read the procedures calmly that I am about to give you. You will see that, by carefully following what I am about to illustrate, you will easily and quickly succeed in the intent you have proposed. At this point, all I have to do is wish you a good reading and, above all, a good time!


How do I resize a photo for Instagram

I start this tutorial by explaining how to resize a photo on Instagram using the official app of the photo social network for Android (downloadable from the Play Store or from alternative stores) and for iPhone (downloadable from the App Store) in order to publish the image in question in the section dedicated to posts or in the one dedicated to stories. Find everything below.

Resize photo for Instagram without borders

Ridimensionare foto per Instagram senza bordi

Your intent is to resize a photo for Instagram , in order to publish it in a post , but would you like the image to be borderless? If so, you’ll be happy to know that the social network’s official app has a built-in image resizing tool.

Therefore, start the Instagram app and log in to your account (if necessary), then press the button ( +) located at the bottom and then, through the device Gallery, select the photo of your interest.

Once this is done, to resize it, click on the icon of the two arrows located in the lower left corner or use the pinch to zoom and then, spread or pinch your fingers on the image, to enlarge or reduce it.

When you have finished editing, tap the Next button for two consecutive times, then, after having written the caption accompanying the photo, proceed with its publication by pressing the Share button. If you have any doubts or problems, refer to my tutorial where I tell you in more detail about how to post on Instagram.

Resize photos for Instagram stories

Ridimensionare foto per Instagram stories

Even when creating a story on Instagram it is possible to resize the shared elements in a simple and fast way, through the use of the same app of the photographic social network.

To get started, then, launch the Instagram app by pressing on its icon located on the home screen and / or in the app menu of your device, in order to log into your account (if necessary).

Now, click on the camera icon located in the upper left corner, then, to share an image in the story, click on the Gallery icon located in the lower left corner and tap on the image of your interest, to select it. Once this is done, use the pinch to zoom (then pinch or pinch the image) to resize the image.

The exact same operation can also be performed if you want to attach an image to the story at a later time, using the sticker with the symbol of the multimedia gallery located in the sticker menu ( the square emoticon icon ). Once you have done this, once you have made any changes to the story, click on the Your Story button to publish it.

If you have any doubts or problems, refer to my guide where I explain in more detail how Instagram stories work.

App for resize Instagram photos

If the functions included in the Instagram app are a bit “tight” for you, you can turn to apps of third parties and resize the photos to be posted on the social network through the latter. Here are some of the most interesting.

Google Photos (Android / iOS)

Google Foto (Android/iOS)

One of the simplest solutions you can use to resize photos for Instagram is Google Photos. It is, in fact, a free app developed by Google that is used to back up all the elements on your device in the cloud and organize them very efficiently.

The app in question is pre-installed on most recent Android devices, but can also be downloaded from the Play Store. On the iPhone, however, it is available for free on the App Store. Among its most prominent features, there is also that relating to the possibility of using some photo editing tools.

Having said that, after having downloaded and started the application on your device, tap on the image to edit and then press on the gear icon located at the bottom. Now, if you use Android , tap the Crop button, while if you use iOS press the ruler icon .

Then, crop the image using the appropriate cursors that appeared on the screen, or press the square icon to select one of the predefined formats: the one dedicated to Instagram stories is 16: 9 , while the one aimed at publishing posts is 4: 3 .

At the end of the changes, click on the Finish button or on the one named Save , in order to save the changes made and then publish the photo in the posts or in the stories of Instagram, as explained in the previous chapters.

Photos (iOS)

Foto (iOS)

If you have an iPhone you can resize a photo for Instagram using the Photos app of iOS which, in addition to allowing you to view and manage photos on your device, also integrates some very interesting editing tools.

Therefore, to start, start the app, by pressing on its icon located on the home screen and / or in the app library of your device, then tap on the photo to be edited and press the Edit button located top right.

Once this is done, click on the ruler icon located in the lower right corner and use the appropriate sliders to manually crop the image. Alternatively, tap on the icon of the square located in the upper right corner and choose the format related to posts of Instagram ( 4: 3 ) or the one relating to stories ( 9:16 ).

To conclude, click on the Finish button located in the lower right corner, in order to save the photo with the changes made, and thus be able to publish it on Instagram.

More apps to resize photos for Instagram


If not even the apps I have proposed so far have satisfied you, you can take a look at my tutorial on photo resizing apps, to discover other good ones.

Also, again regarding the possibility of using third-party tools, in case you were wondering how to r sizing photos for Instagram with Photoshop , you will be reassuring to know that the well-known Adobe software offers several advanced possibilities for photo editing, including resizing of shots.

In case you want to learn more, I suggest you read my guide on how to resize photos with Photoshop.

How to resize a photo for Instagram profile

Come ridimensionare una foto per profilo Instagram

Would you like to resize a photo to post it as a profile picture on Instagram ? In that case, you’ll be happy to know that you can use the same tools I talked about in previous chapters.

When you’re done editing, to set the profile image all you have to do is go to the section dedicated to your Instagram profile , press the Edit button and select the item Change the image of the profile . Then press on the Choose library item to select the previously edited photo, and press the Finish button to save the changes.

If you have any doubts or problems, refer to my guide where I explained to you in more detail how to edit your profile on Instagram.

Salvatore Aranzulla

Salvatore Aranzulla he is the most widely read blogger and IT communicator in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and
Microsoft. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of, one of the
thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he responds with simplicity to thousands of computer-related doubts. He has published for Mondadori and
Mondadori Informatica.

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