How to upload 3D Photo on Facebook using a photo taken with iPhone XR

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One of the most frequently asked questions we get  is “Can I use my iPhone XR to upload a 3D Photo on Facebook?

The answer is … YES!!!

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However, it’s not as straightforward as the process for uploading 3D Photos for other iPhone models. The way to do is a little bit tricky but is still possible though.

This article will give you a detailed instructions on how to upload a 3D photo using a photo taken with your iPhone XR. 

Preparation

Since you can’t directly upload a 3D Photo from your iPhone XR, you’ll need the following tools: 
  1. iPhone XR
  2. A computer (running any OS)*
* For advanced users, desktop mode on mobile browsers also works

Step-By-Step Instructions

Please do the following:

Step 1: Take a photo with your iPhone XR in Portrait mode. Please note that a photo taken in another mode is not eligible to convert to a 3D Photo.

Step 2: Transfer a photo to your computer using any method that would not compress your image file. Our preferred method is to send through email. Old school but still cool though! 😉

Step 3: Open a browser on your computer and go to OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator

Step 4: Drag your transferred image to the Step 1 box

drop & drop to step 1 box

If the photo is eligible to create a 3D photo, the tool will automatically take you to Step 3 automatically.

However, if you’re stuck on Step 2 and see the message “NO DEPTH DATA FOUND…”, please note this means you cannot create a 3D Photo with that photo. Please take another photo in Portrait mode and try again. This means the depth data in your phone that gets used to create a 3D photo was not sufficient. 

Step 5: At the Step 3 box, click DOWNLOAD 3D PHOTO ASSETS button to download the assets that Facebook needs.

Step 6: Extract the zip files and drag those files to the Create Post dialog on Facebook.

And boom! Here you go! A 3D Photo from your iPhone XR!

Quality of 3D Photos created with iPhone XR

Frankly, the quality of 3D photo created with iPhone XR is not exceptional. The reason is because iPhone XR uses the prediction method from a single camera to predict the depth of object in the image–this tends to be less than accurate. So, keep in mind that depth effect you see is likely to be in the acceptable range not the perfect one.

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