Instagram Brings 3D Touch Features to iPhone 6 Users [TRY THIS]


3D Touch is a new software and hardware-based feature exclusively for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users, but it looks like Instagram has quietly implemented it for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users (similar to how it was introduced for Android users last month). Some of you may already know about this, but it’s the first time we’ve tried it.

How to give some 3D Touch features a try? Launch Instagram on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 9.2 (we’ve only tested it with this version so far), tap on the ‘Explore’ tab along the bottom, then tap and hold on any image.

The image should ‘peek’ into view (unfortunately it won’t ‘pop’ of course), and if you slide up while holding down, you’ll get options to Like, View Profile or Send as Message—exactly the same way iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users get with 3D Touch:

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Let us know if you’re going to give this a try on your iPhone 6, and if any other older models support this as well.

Update: This also works on the iPhone 5s.

Thanks Graham!


  • MikeJenkinson

    Just tried it on my 5S and it works!

  • Sweet 🙂

  • MikeJenkinson

    It also works on your own photos in your profile, and on anyone else’s photos when you view their full profile page as well.

  • Tim

    I barely ever use 3D touch on my 6s plus

  • mxmgodin

    My boyfriend noticed this feature working on his iPhone 6 about a month ago now, but it wouldn’t work on my 5S.

    It is now working on my 5S also. I guess it was rolled-out over a period of time to all users.

  • Drew

    Once you peek you can then drag the photo up and a menu will show on the bottom to like, view profile or send a message.

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  • gerry

    I discovered this a couple days ago. It looks cool.