How to upload Facebook 3D Photos using Android Devices

Now, you can update 3D Photos to Facebook without using an iPhone!

Facebook just announced two huge 3D Photo updates:

  1. Users can upload a 3D Photo through the web (without needing to use a mobile device)
  2. Android support is coming in May 2019, meaning Facebook can take an image taken on certain phone models and convert to a 3D Photo on Facebook

If you have an Android device and want to upload a 3D Photo today (don’t wait for May!), the best way to do so is via web upload. The article and video below shows you how, without requiring any depth map creation.

UPDATE 5/30/19: The Extractor tool from the video above is now part of the OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator. Just upload your photo taken on Android and the tool will automatically detect if your phone has depth data and extract the depth map. Try it here

3D Photo Web uploads require a depth map

To upload a 3D Photo on the web, you need to upload both the source image and a depth map, which helps create the 3D effect:

Once you have these two images, Facebook allows you to drag and drop them into the status box on Facebook. Wait a bit for Facebook to process it and you’ll see your 3D Photo.

But it’s not that simple: the hardest part is preparing the depth map.  This image is very important because it stores information about image depth (hence the name). You can create a depth map on Photoshop, but this requires some know-how.

Our tool helps you extract depth maps from your Android images 

We’ve come up with a way to help you to extract the depth map from images with no Photoshop required, specifically for devices that store depth data.

How is this possible? Some mobile phones can take a photo with a blurred background, like iPhone & Huawei’s Aperture mode and  Samsung’s Live Focus. This kind of image already contains depth map information. Easily said, your photo is actually pretty ready to use. You just need to add one step: extract the depth map.

Our tool does exactly that: it will extract the depth map from an image taken from the supported device. You can then use that depth map to upload a 3D photo to Facebook.

What you need:

  1. Samsung Galaxy device that can take Live Focus images, Huawei device that has Aperture feature, or Google Pixel that can take Portrait images; or other device that takes images with depth data 
  2. Computer 😉

 

How do I know that my photo is usable on my phone?

The easiest way to check is to open the photo on your phone and look for a button that says ‘ADJUST BACKGROUND BLUR’. This confirms that your image contains depth data that our tool can extract. If not, try testing your photo on the tool. If it can’t detect depth data, the tool will let you know. 

How to upload the 3D photo on FB?

This part’s easy! 2-3 clicks on the mouse and you’re set.

  1. Send the blurred image to your computer without compressing it. (You can do this by using email or directly copying the file from your phone. Please don’t use Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp, or you will lose your depth map info)
  2. Open ‘OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator’ and select the image from Step 1.
  3. The tool with detect if your phone has depth data stored. If it does, it will automatically extract the depth map.
  4. Extract the .zip file, then drag those 2 images and drop them on FB’s create post box. Here you go! Your 3D photo is ready to show.

Follow OmniVirt to find out when other devices will be supported. Tag @OmniVirt in your 3D Photos!