Say Goodbye to Blinding Brightness: How to Disable HDR Video Playback on Instagram

Say Goodbye to Blinding Brightness: How to Disable HDR Video Playback on Instagram

Picture this: the social media and content creation team at Branding & Buzzing together in the studio, brainstorming ideas to spice up their clients’ Instagram feeds. As they chatted IRL, one of the team members dropped the latest bombshell: “Instagram is changing again, this time it is HDR”


We know you’re all about capturing that perfect avocado toast pic or showing off your culinary masterpieces on Instagram. But lately, have you noticed something a little… blinding? Don’t worry, it’s not your soufflé rising too high. It’s Instagram’s new HDR video playback feature, and it’s turning up the brightness to eleven!

So, what’s the deal with HDR anyway? Well, HDR, or High Dynamic Range, makes those food videos pop with vibrant colors and dazzling brightness. But sometimes, especially when you’re scrolling through your feed in the dark, it can feel like staring into the sun (not exactly the ambiance you were going for, right?).

If you’re an iPhone user, You can remove the glare because Instagram now lets you disable HDR video playback. Here’s how:

Step 1: Head over to your Instagram profile and tap on the hamburger menu (that’s the three little lines in the top right corner).

Step 2: From there, navigate to “Your Account” and then “App and Media.”

Step 3: Look for the “Media Quality” option and give it a tap.

Step 4: Finally, toggle on the “Disable HDR Video Playback” option.

No more squinting at your screen like you’re trying to read the fine print on a recipe card. Instagram will now play those HDR videos in good old SDR format, saving your eyes from unnecessary strain.

But wait, there’s more! If you’re an iPhone user with one of the latest models, you’re in for a treat. Instagram has rolled out Super HDR capability, allowing you to upload and view HDR photos in all their glory. Say hello to photos that practically leap off the screen!

And speaking of iPhones, here’s a handy list of models that support HDR video playback on Instagram:

– iPhone 12 series (12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max)
– iPhone 13 series (13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max)
– iPhone 14 series (14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max)
– iPhone 15 series (15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, 15 Pro Max)

So whether you’re snapping pics of your latest culinary creations or drooling over foodie content late into the night, Instagram’s got you covered. Just remember, when the brightness gets too intense, there’s always a way to dim the lights and enjoy the feast without hurting your eyes. Happy scrolling, foodies! 🍔📸