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Instagram Gets Update to Version 6.0, Brings Actual Photo Editing Capabilities

A major update is set to hit Instagram on Google Play and the App Store for iOS today. Version 6.0 introduces actual photo editing capabilities, allowing users to do much more than simply applying filters to their photos.

Starting today, users can tweak many different aspects of their work, such as the brightness, saturation, shadows, warmth, and much more.

Below, you can see the full list of improved tools, as well as newly-introduced tools for Instagram users. 

Improved tools

  • Straighten
  • Border
  • Blur/Tilt Shift
  • Crop
  • Lux
  • Rotate
  • Simplified video uploads on iOS

New tools

  • Filter strength
  • Adjust
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Warmth
  • Saturation
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Vignette
  • Sharpen

Ready to get your edit on? Head on over to Google Play and grab the update once it is live. Of course, staged rollouts will likely be in full effect, so if you don’t see the update right away, stay patient.

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  • Instagram is an nice app for editing our photo, and there are more apps in market which have different tools.Photo is the thing which everybody want to use to edit his photo in different types.

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  • Pat

    I got the update. I uploaded it to Google Drive. Tell me if it works please


  • vivi

    hey ! did anyone else experience problems with uploading pics to instagram? I’m having this problem for a month now. I choose a picture,crop it and then the screen just turns black and it says loading and there’s nothing I can do about it. I update the app every time and still have the same problem. I am an android user.
    Thank you in advance.

    • tallie

      Me too

  • vivi

    hey everyone! did anyone else experience problems with uploading pics to instagram? I’m having this problem for a while now.
    Everytime I

  • xzero425x

    Anyone have an apk.?

  • Dave S.

    Does anyone have any solid, side-by-side comparison images showing the compression/degradation of the images between iOS and Android? I keep seeing people complain about it, but I (personally) have no complaints about images from my own feed and I’ve been using Instagram on my iPod and (mostly) my Nexus 5 for a long while now.

  • grayson360

    Wait…..Instagram 6.0, Sense 6.0, bad 4mp camera only food for instagram? Illuminati….

  • TheDave1022

    The stupid cropping is so annoying. The iOS version allows you to post the full sized image, why the heck not with Android?

    • BSweetness

      The iOS version doesn’t any more. It used to several releases ago, but it’s been quite a while since they allowed it.

      That said, I agree that they should let you post the entire photo with a border if you want to. You can edit the photo that way in any number of apps beforehand, but that’s one more step that really shouldn’t have to be taken.

  • Any apk for me?

    Apk? You guys should first get the apk then write an article

    • It’s not out yet, don’t be so impatient 🙂

      • Zee

        I think that Play just updated. It shows as June 3 now. So… maybe?

        • Yup, literally just updated. Will begin searching and add a download link when we have it.

          • Thanks for apk

            Thanks, we’ll I have to wait several weeks because I don’t live in the US..

    • trixnkix637

      It’s a staged rollout. There’s no guarantee the DL guys would be able to update before anyone else. Why wait days when they can post the article & have a reader who got it first post?

  • Nathan Bryant

    Instagram only needed to do two things for me. Update the lame UI for a modern Android look. They did that for the most part but it still lacks the common sense of usability that it had for iOS. Simple gestures need to be implemented to go back and forth and like photos within the grid view of looking at a person’s profile.

    Second they need to support higher res photos. So does Twitter.

  • Cael

    Time for Photoshop to make a photo sharing community.

    • yahyoh

      there is flicker app which is kinda better version of Instagram and it allow full size uploading but there not much peeps using it

  • Bryan Mills

    This does nothing until they stop compressing pictures and F’ing them up.

    • yahyoh

      And they really need to allow full size viewing too or at least 1280*720 img not 640*480 -_-

    • MrCheyl

      The compression is absolutely piss poor.

      • scastro87

        Wish we had Pied Piper for realsies.

  • Keep in mind that Instagram hasn’t posted the update yet, the Play listing still shows May 27.

    • Bigwavedave25

      I haven’t received the update yet. Any word on fixing the image upload degradation issue on Android? So tired of great beer pics from my G2 being bastardized by IG’s iCoding…

      • Jon G

        Wait, does it still degrades the photo even if you have the “Use High-Quality Image Processing” setting off?

        • Bigwavedave25

          It does. That setting helps a lot, but still not close to the quality you get from an iDevice.

  • Ben

    Didnt Get the update :/

  • ProZomby

    Seems kind of ironic to me.

  • James_C_L

    Thanks for the apk. That’s why your no android police

    • zee


  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    The linear vertical scrolling in the Instagram app feels so damn restrictive. They need to open up the app some more.

  • BillySuede

    facegram in’t messing around anymore, it seems.

  • Dave S.

    It looks very VSCO to me.

    • Bigwavedave25

      Sure does…

  • Pete Arado

    Wait, so until this point, applying a filter was the only thing you could do in Instagram? I thought it was a little more comprehensive than that.

    • There’s also been stuff like center focus and HDR, but yeah, it’s been pretty basic. I’m more interested in seeing if Instagram will soon launch an improved website like Vine’s which is pretty great.

      • Pete Arado

        Interesting. They still force you to crop your photos, right? That’s what has kept me away from Instagram, but if they started allowing uncropped photos, I’d probably jump on.

        • Ray

          It would be really hard to do that with each phone taking different size photos. Some would be 10mb others smaller therefore slowing down the feed.

        • Yep. All images are square.