Snapchat is rolling out an update today that drops one of the biggest design and photo constraints in the app. As noted by The Verge, Snapchat will no longer add a massive white border to the images you share from your camera roll…

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Previously, in an effort to distinguish between photos captured in Snapchat and from the iOS camera app or those downloaded to the iOS camera roll, Snapchat would add a massive white border to images from outside the Snapchat camera.

With today’s update, however, those images appear just as you intended…most of the time. While vertical images import from your camera roll just fine, horizontal images and videos are rotated by 90 degrees and there’s currently no way to adjust this. Whether or that is fixed in a future update remains to be seen.

In a statement to The Verge, Snapchat says the design change was an aesthetic choice. Images shared from camera roll will now be denoted as such with a “From Camera Roll” annotation, but no more white border:

The company tells me removing the border was an aesthetic choice. It also looks like a move to keep pace with Instagram, which is growing faster and had a more liberal policy around posting older items. On Snapchat, snaps posted from the camera roll or its Memories archive will be tagged “From Camera Roll” and “From Memories.”

In addition to removing the massive white border around camera roll images, today’s update makes a few other changes. For one, you can now copy text that’s shared inside the app’s chat window. Previously, long-pressing would only save the text within the app – not offer the option to copy it. Additionally, you can now see the locations of your friends on the Snap Map from directly within a group chat.

  • Tap to save a chat. Press and hold for more options. (This is how things already work in Group Chat, but now 1:1 Chats too!)
  • We’ve removed the white frame when you add Snaps from your Camera Roll to your Story.
  • See friends on the Map inside Group Chat, if they’ve shared their location.

Snapchat is available on the App Store as a free download.


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