How to Post a 3D Photo with your iPhone

You may have noticed 3D Photos on your Facebook News Feed—photos that appear to have a magical depth effect that is activated upon scrolling or tilting your phone.

You too can post 3D Photos. This article shows how you can post 3D Photos using your iPhone specifically.

The steps for posting a 3D Photo using your iPhone depends on which model you have.

If you have an iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XS, and XS Max, your process is pretty simple:

How to post a 3D photo with your iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XS, and XS Max:

1. Take a photo in Portrait Mode on your iPhone and save it.

2. Open the Facebook mobile app

3. Go to the Create Post box on your News Feed and select post type: “3D Photo”

4. Post your photo using your Portrait Mode pictures!

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If you have an older iPhone or the iPhone XR, you can use the OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator to help extract your depth map. A depth map basically informs Facebook which parts of your photo should be more in the foreground or background to create that 3D depth effect.

How to post your 3D Photo with your older iPhone and iPhone XR:

1. Take a photo on your phone and email it to yourself.

2. Open the OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator

3. Upload your photo. The tool will automatically extract your photo’s depth data and download a zip file.

4. Drag and drop the two files in the downloaded zip file

Sometimes, the depth data may not be perfect on older models or even the XR. If you find your 3D Photo looks off after dragging and dropping the files, you may need to edit the depth map on an image editing software like Photoshop. The models may not store depth data, for which you may need to create your own depth map.