Instagram changes for iOS 5 on your iPhone with Twitter integration

If you haven’t upgraded your Apple software yet, we recommend you do it RIGHT NOW. It does take 20 minutes or so, but it means you’ll have access to a lot of new features, like iMessage, deep Twitter integration and a slicker camera interface.

Instagram’s latest update lets you take advantage of this deeper Twitter integration a little, by allowing you to share any user’s photo with your Twitter followers instantly.

First, you need to make sure that you’re signed into your Twitter account. So go to Settings, find Twitter, log-in and then make sure it’s synced up to the Instagram app.

So the option should be set to “on” like this:


Once that’s sorted you can just browse Instagram like usual. Then, when you find a photo you want to share (whether it’s one of yours or someone else’s), simply click on the “…” button that you can see under a user’s photo and then select tweet.

Here’s a screenshot from the Instagram blog to show you how:


You can then tweak everything a little, so you’re not just sending a random photo to your Twitter followers. You can add usernames and more details, like this:


Your tweet will then look a little like this:


We know this isn’t a big update, but it is good to see Instagram, Twitter and the new iOS 5 working together in harmony to make sure discovering and sharing great images is as easy and streamlined as possible.

[Via the Instagram Blog]

To celebrate Instagram week we’re running an easy to enter mobile photography competition with our friends at Orbitsound. All you have to do is take a photo with an Autumnal theme and share it on Twitter along with the hash tag #ShinyAutumn. It can be of a leaf or a Halloween costume, we really don’t mind. The winner will get a fabulous T12v3 speaker bar from Orbitsound and 19 runners up will get random iPhone related goodies.

Visit the #ShinyAutumn competition post to find out more.

Becca Caddy