Using Squaready to Crop Instagram Pics

Squaready, crop Instagram photos

squaready, crop instagram photosIf you’ve spent any time browsing Instagram’s Explore tab, you’ve seen the unsightly black matte on the edges of some images. That used to be how Instagram fit an uncropped tall or wide image into its square format. I always thought that the black bars looked horrible and jarring against the white of the Instagram feed.

Out of the hundreds of Instagram support apps, the one I use the most is Squaready Pro ($1.99 USD). It’s a great utility that comes in both Pro and ad-supported free versions. With recent updates to Instagram, using Squaready Pro to prep your instagrams has become even more essential.

Squaready Pro is an easy-to-use utility that crops a photo into square format then lets you easily share it straight to Instagram. It not only crops down, but lets you shrink full landscape or portrait photos into the frame. It creates a more visually pleasing white matte which blends seamlessly into the background of Instagram’s Feed and Explore screens.

Both the free and the Pro versions let you easily crop an image for Instagram.

– First, import your image. Squaready Pro imports it centered and filled in the screen, just like Instagram does now.

– For a square crop, grab the images by the edges of the frame to move. This constrains adjustment to either horizontal or vertical movements allowing for a more precise crop. You can also pinch to zoom.

– For a tall or wide crop with matte, press the “Fit” button. Squaready automatically shrinks your image down to square format and adds a white matte. The white matte looks much more natural in your feed than the old black bars.

instagram, squaready, crop photo– Share to Instagram or a number of other apps with “Open In…” support.

Want to start over with the image? Squaready Pro has an easy center button that fills the crop and centers the image. The free version of Squaready has Rotate and Mirror tools as well. The Pro version gives you many more tools to adjust an image. Both versions let you change the color of the matte if you wish.

With the recent updates, Instagram’s answer to the black matte is to now force a square crop. It’s removed the ability to pinch a wide or tall image down. These recent updates have made Squaready and Squaready Pro even more invaluable to photographers who don’t want to cut off the outside edges of their images to share them.

Squaready is the free, ad-supported version of app and does all you need. I dropped the cash and use Squaready Pro. It’s only $1.99. While I don’t use the additional effects and borders, it’s ad-free and it’s good karma to help support this app.

The Squaready apps are not available for Android.


Download Squaready for Instagram:

App Store link: Squaready Pro – Smart Layouter for Instagram – FANG Inc.

App Store link: Squaready – Smart Layouter for Instagram – FANG Inc.




About Marty Yawnick 1826 Articles
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.
  • Mr Timney

    If using the Pro version, by simply applying the few drop shadow effects & then tweaking them (using the two right sided dials) to your liking is a very unique & sought after feature that looks fantastic.

  • njb_photo

    This is a great app, i have used it a lot and it works great

    but… there is a feature missing, that would be even better

    that is to be able to save a profile, so you can set the exact same edit details to many images

    you can see quite a few images i used this app on in my eyeem feed at


  • Paul

    I love Squaready Pro and use it all the time. When I first update Instagram I got a message on Squaready that due to something with Instagram they were unable to post images to Instagram.

    So,I downgraded my Instagram because the ability to post vertical or horizontal images is important to me.

    Has this been fixed with the newest IG upgrade? If so, I would like to know.

    Thanks — Paul

    • =M=

      Hi, Paul!

      Yes, this has been fixed. The latest version of Instagram now works correctly with Squaready, Squaready Pro and all other apps that use “Open In…” It doesn’t fix everything that broke recently in Instagram, but the latest IG update fixes enough to where I can recommend that it’s safe to update.


      • Paul

        Hey Marty,

        Thanks so much, I have upgraded IG and it works fine with Squaready.

        BTW, I love your newsletter and blog!

        Best – Paul

  • Kaitlyn

    Hey! Can you put multiple photos at the same time?

    • Marty Yawnick

      Hi, Kaitlyn,

      Not with either version. You can only crop one image at a time.


  • christina

    Hey! I can’t get to crop my picture while using this app. When I try cropping it only zooms in my picture! Can you help me out please?

    Thank you!

    • Marty Yawnick

      Hi, Christina!

      Squaready only does square crops. Zoom and move (this sounds like what you’re doing). When you’ve got the crop onscreen that you like, hit the Save As icon in the uppor right hand corner of the screen. This will save and share your image as it previews onscreen.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you’re still having problems.