Instagram has long featured a 3×3 grid of photos across its platform, allowing photographers to get creative and create larger photo mosaics by uploading the individual pieces as separate photos in the correct order. If you’ve spent a considerable amount of time and effort building these mosaics yourself, here’s some bad news: it looks like Instagram may soon break that classic grid (and your mosaics).
The Ringer reports that a number of Instagram users across the Web have noticed 4×4 grids on their accounts.
Anyone else's instagram keep changing to a 4 pic grid then back to 3? 🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/n1ebT20656
— Nicky 💎 (@nxckyhale) September 14, 2017
My instagram now shows my feed as a 4×4 grid. I can feel the internet getting ready to explode. pic.twitter.com/bBDrFl0cod
— Shaun Jacques (@ShaunJacquesUK) September 13, 2017
Some users aren’t pleased about it, since switching to 4×4 completely messes up the look of existing 3×3 mosaics. What were once clever mosaics are now seen as a jumbled mess of images. Here’s a sampling of some of the complaints that have been posted, pleading with Instagram to not break existing mosaics by changing the layout:
— Abhimanyu (@ItsMisterJadhav) September 14, 2017
— Rob Russo 🍊👊🏼 (@boldbrandfast) September 16, 2017
Even people who don’t post 3×3 photo mosaics often upload photos in a particular order based on how it makes the resulting grid look — the position of photos relative to each other is disrupted.
— Kenny Morifi-Winslow (@KennyJMW) September 12, 2017
Literally no one wants the 4 grid instagram change. Listen to your users @instagram this might be the beginning of your end
— FC (@ATM__R) September 15, 2017
Instagram never promised that the 3×3 grid would be a permanent feature of the service, so photographers who relied upon it for carefully planned layouts were trusting in a design choice that has always been subject to abrupt change. If you’ve spent years uploading 3×3 mosaics to Instagram, you may soon have to live with a profile filled with scrambled up pictures.