How to turn iPhone portrait photos into 3D photos on Facebook

The other day we commented here on a new feature of Facebook able to transform portrait photos taken on the iPhones 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max or XR, into 3D photos right on the timeline. The feature will be available to everyone for a few weeks.

But there is a trick so that you activate this function immediately on your iPhone and can post your own 3D images.

First of all, it is important to note that it only applies to photos that have depth information, made on the most modern iPhones. The functionality portrait mode divides the image into layers and applies a depth effect, blurring the background and giving more emphasis to the main object of the photo. Therefore, if you are on a device that does not have this Portrait mode, you will not be able to post 3D photos on Facebook.

To “release” the 3D Photos function, you need to like a Facebook page. It’s a push bar, but this is the trick. Let’s go step by step:

Step 1: Open the Facebook application on your iPhone, already connected to your account.

Step 2: Like the Facebook 360 page. Just touch the little hand.

Step 3: Force the application to close. If you don’t know how to do this, just restart your iPhone.

Step 4: Open the Facebook app again, and post something. You will see that the option will appear 3D photo between options. Touch it to search your library for a portrait photo.

Okay, from there the Facebook software does the rest of the work, posting the 3D photo for you, which can be moved around by rotating the phone, or by moving the mouse on the computer. You don’t need an iPhone to view the photo and its effects.


If you want to see the effect working, check out an example on our Facebook page.