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Cool new hidden feature of Instagram 2.5. Hint: it’s not Explore.

Submitted by on June 27, 2012 – 3:58 pm 3 Comments

instagram 2.5 access camera roll shortcut

Instagram 2.5 was just released this week. It’s the first significant upgrade to the popular free social photo app since being purchased by Facebook.

The update features a revamped profile tab, improvements to commenting, user search autocompletes based on people you follow, and (surprise) improved Facebook sharing. There’s also a new undocumented shortcut to your iPhone’s camera roll. It’s a pretty cool Instagram tip for a lot of users. Read past the jump for more info. >>>

The new Instagram 2.5 update features an undocumented shortcut for direct access to your iPhone’s camera roll. iOS users can now simply press and hold the camera button on the main screen for a few seconds. Instagram then takes you to straight to the camera roll, saving you a few clicks from navigating an extra couple of screens.

It’s not ideal for all Instagrammers yet. You are taken to the top of your iPhone’s camera roll where all the oldest images are, rather than the bottom of it. It’s a nifty shortcut if you keep your camera roll pretty cleaned up. If you keep thousands of images in your camera roll, you’re probably better off navigating through the import screens. Hopefully, we’ll see this fixed soon. It’s a pretty neat trick.

Unfortunately for Android users, this shortcut isn’t yet available in the Android version of Instagram.

Instagram is free and still works on any iPhone ever made. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later

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This tip originally appeared on Twitter in Keegan Jones’ feed, @keeg.

Marty Yawnick

Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.

  • japan

    I deleted instagram when facebook entered their room

  • http://gates11.com Jhari

    Thanks for the tip M. I love Instagram. I hope that they continue without ad.

  • http://www.sweetnicks.com Cate O'Malley

    Thank you for this tip! I was trying to figure out how to get pictures from my cameral roll to instagram … without asking my 10-year-old. Hurrah!