Here's how to use the new Instagram photo feature that brings the best part of the iPhone X to any smartphone

Business Insider | Apr 15, 2018, 06.30PM IST

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  • Instagram rolled out a new portrait mode feature in the app three days ago.
  • It pales in comparison to portrait modes in the iPhone X and the Google Pixel 2, but it's not a bad alternative for people who don't have those phones.

I've been pining over the iPhone X and its portrait mode: Apple's giant billboard ads for the feature are hard to miss.

By blurring the background of photos, portrait mode can add a professional looking sheen to your pictures that takes them to the next level. The ability to take those kinds of photos using my phone - an item I carry with me 24/7 - instead of my bulky DSLR, is very appealing. So Instagram's new "Focus" feature that rolled out earlier this week, and which allows users to easily take portraits with blurred out backgrounds, immediately piqued my interest.

It's not perfect, but it's a nice way to punch up your photos. 

Here's how to use it: 

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