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27 platforms for sharing 360 photos, including Lookabout, the newest 360 photo sharing app on the list

Lookabout aims to be the Instagram for 360 photos
Lookabout aims to be the Instagram for 360 photos

Here is a list of twenty-seven 360 photo sharing apps and sites, including Lookabout, which is the newest one on the list.

Lookabout is a new 360 photo sharing app that aims to be like Instagram for 360 photos.  It is currently available only for iOS but an Android version is in the works.  You can download it from the iOS App Store for free.

Thank you very much to Martin Smith of Roto Studios for bringing this to my attention!

LIST OF 360 PHOTO SHARING SITES

Lookabout is one of the latest apps for sharing 360 photos.  Here is an updated list of social media apps for sharing 360 photos in no particular order (free unless otherwise noted):

1. Facebook (supports both photos and videos). Do you really need a description for this? Is it comfortable sleeping under that rock? 🙂

2. Google Streetview (Android; iOS; browser). Yes we all use Street View for its maps, but it is also a way of sharing 360-degree photos. In terms of exposure, your 360 photo will probably get more views on Street View than on any other platform (unless you already have many followers on that platform). However, Street View wasn’t designed as a social platform for 360 photos, so it’s missing some of the components that we expect from a social media platform such as likes or comments. It also has no real place for 360 photos of friends or family, unless there is a map location that you want to associate the photo with (probably wouldn’t want to upload photos of parties at your house).

3. Google Photos. (Android; iOS; browser). Google Photos will recognize 360 photos and videos and present them as such. As with Street View, it wasn’t designed as a social media platform, so it doesn’t have likes or comments. In fact, unless you share a photo with someone else (e.g. Facebook or Twitter), only you will see it.  I use Google Photos a lot, especially to upload photos to the cloud to save space on my phone.

4. Kuula (browser, Android, iOS, Gear VR).  Can show your 360 photo in a spherical view or tiny planet view.  Pro subscription required for some features.

5. Roundme (browser, Android, iOS).  Supports gigapixel resolutions.  Focused on virtual tours.  Pay once to post your virtual tour and you’ll be able to use it forever.

6. Flickr VR (browser; Gear VR). Flickr will automatically detect a 360 photo and enable a VR viewer, but this appears not fully implemented yet. It’s been “coming soon” for a year now, so don’t hold your breath. For now, you can post to and explore the Equirectangular group

7. Spinnable (iOS; also supports sharing of short video clips, has live streamed events).

8. Momento360 (browser, Gear VR; both photos and videos).  Momento360 is a way to share your 360 photos and videos privately.  It is less of a social media app for exploration, and more like a 360 photo and video hosting and sharing service.

9. Portby (Android, iOS).

10. Verpix (browser; supports both photos and videos). Has tracking statistics and a motion graph

11. 360 Cities (Android, browser, not sure if the iOS still exists; supports both photos and videos). Most of the 360 photos on appear to be high-resolution 360 panoramas captured with a panoramic head, as opposed to those taken by a 360-degree camera. Photos uploaded to 360 Cities can be licensed.

12. Presence VR (iOS; Android).  Thank you very much to Joey Cathey for adding this to the list!

13. Gala360app.com (Android; Google Daydream; Gear VR; supports 3D 360).  Thank you very much to John Holt for adding this to the list!  John says the list is carefully curated, so it’s intended only for your best work.  John also said they give out $360 prizes from time to time for excellent pano sets.

14. VRapp.co (browser; supports photos and videos).  Thank you very much to Frederic Sidler for adding this to the list!

15. 360player.io (browser).  360player.io is different from the other options here.  It is not so much a photo sharing service per se, but a way to host 360 photos and embed them in your webpage.  In that regard, it is somewhat similar to Google’s VR View but simplifies the process.  Thank you very much to Etienne Leroy of V360 video editing app for adding this to the list.

16. InPatium (browser). Primarily for virtual tours.

17. Vizor.io (browser). Build virtual tours and WebVR experiences by drag and drop.

18. Kolivri (supports both photos and videos).  A big thank you to Bruno Devolder for adding InPatium, Vizor,io and Kolivri to the list!

19. Panotica (browser).  Thanks to Radek for adding this to the list!

20. Mapillary (browser).  This is similar to Google Maps, but is open source. Thank you very much to Adam D for adding this to the list!

21. Lookabout (iOS). You just read about it. Are you and your clownfish friend looking for your family…? 🙂

Many camera manufacturers have their own photo sharing platforms for their clients, including:

22. Theta360.com.

23. Panono.com.

24. Giroptic.com.

25. Insta360 (via Android or iOS app).

26. Madv360 (for Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere).

27. Bublcam’s Xplor.

UPDATE: Also check out this list on Google+ Photo Sphere community (moderated by Jim Jensen).

Do you know of any other platforms that I missed (Photosynth is now closed)? Please post in the comments!  One open challenge I have for all these platforms: to date, I haven’t found a platform for sharing 3D 360 photos for Cardboard (as opposed to Gear VR).  If you can add that, you would instantly be able to set yourself apart from the other platforms on this list.  Just sayin…

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  • Thanks for including us in this list! You guys are consistently the best and most informed roundup of equipment for sure (I picked up a Xiaomi on your rec).

    I did want to point out that Momento360 is private by default (similar to Google Photos) and we also offer the ability to host/embed/send links to single photos or albums that are freely viewable by anyone from anywhere, which may be of interest to your readership. You can also mix/match photos and videos in the same album (our video perf isn’t great, but it’s there). And the recipient doesn’t have to download an app.

    It takes the friction out of sending, and you can keep your private media private (for those of you that don’t want pics of your kids on the internet).

    Anyway, keep up the good work! You guys are going to be busier and busier every week!

    • Thank you very much Jeff! I appreciate you clarifying how Momento360 is different from the other options here. I’ll add that to the article. thanks again.

  • https://www.virgo360.com/ allows you create a virtual tour from 360 panoramas and even add sounds.
    It has very good free package and cool features in the PRO account, for example, you can add a nadir with your logo.
    It also have advanced sharing options: easy direct publishing in Facebook, Twitter, or embed code for other websites.

  • Hi, your are the best informed 360 & VR enviroment!
    Would like to be part of it. Please add our platform on your list!

    Vreel (Gear VR)
    It’s a fun way of sharing 360 photos, free social media app, on a Beta phase. Focus on being fun & simple.
    Happy to help to build this community,

    Simone Licht
    Founding partner

  • Yes, Flickr does work BUT seemingly only with 2:1 ratio equirectangular photos with the appropriate 360 EXIF data embedded.

    I’ve been a Flickr user since 2004 and really didn’t wish to start using another photo hosting service for just my 360 photos. After some experimenting with a few 360 uploads, I changed one to a 2:1 aspect ratio, uploaded it and magically the photo was viewable as immersive 360. Although I’m not a big fan of the too spherical look that Flickr displays.

    A sample: https://flic.kr/p/Xb3aQt

    Bill

      • After further experimenting with flickr, I note that it only displays at low resolution (2K?) despite a higher upload resolution. Even though I have “Pro” account. So I’m only using it as a “storage” site since I can download my original files. I think flickr/Yahoo dropped the 360 ball on this.

        Kuula or Roundme are the two I’m probably going to eventually settle on. After checking out most on your list.

        • Thanks Bill. Wow 2k? That’s really not enough. Maybe they are struggling with their budget. Anyway, yes Kuula and Roundme are both very good. Kuula is free but the resolution is capped, while Roundme has very high (gigapixel) resolution but has a limit of 15 uploads per week unless you upgrade to a pro account.

  • I’m desperate for a good 3D/stereo photo app, I’m on iOS though, so Gala is no good for me.

    I’d be interested if anyone comes out with one…

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