Users of the iPhone version of the official Instagram app, which was released on August 8th, complain about an annoying problem when recording stories: the zoom function seems to be unusable. The usual shortcut does not increase the image section gradually as before, but immediately to the maximum, which generates unusable videos. However, while Meta is working on a fix, there is a workaround.
Short swipe, already completely zoomed
The bug is described on Reddit, among other places, but is easy to understand. A slight stroke up and the zoom is carried out to the maximum, so that you can see every wrinkle on the face.
The error appears to occur on all iPhones, regardless of which iOS version is running – both the current iOS 16 and the public beta of iOS 17 show the bug. The fault lies in Meta’s own code. On Android, however, the problem does not occur. It seems surprising that the developers of the Instagram app did not notice the bug – but Meta has not yet commented.
Lots of updates, no info
It is quite possible that a fix is already being worked on, the app is usually updated every few weeks, sometimes even more frequently. There were a total of seven updates in July. Meta rarely states which issues are fixed, instead always stating that the latest version includes “bug fixes and improved performance”. Accordingly, users have to try for themselves whether an update fixes the zoom bug.
Until then, there is at least a simple workaround. Instead of using the standard filming while holding the record button, you can also switch to hands-free mode. Normal zoom gestures (pinch) can then be used. Although this is less practical for fast videos, it is currently the only solution. Apple doesn’t allow downgrades to working previous app versions in the App Store. Instagram is free to download but offers various in-app purchases. The application is also a requirement for Meta’s new X competitor Threads.
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