Instagrammers rejoice: you can now use your favourite photo-video posting app in offline mode using Instagram on Android. The announcement was made at Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference. The feature works by preloading photos and videos when you’re online. The content will then be stored so it is available after you’ve gone offline.
The offline mode will work for the main Instagram feed, the explore tab, your profile, and recently viewed profiles. This feature also allows users to like and comment on posts, all of which will come into effect once they’re online again.
The offline mode, however, does not work for uploading photos or for IG stories. The Facebook-owned platform is still exploring further options. Instagram has also mentioned that this feature will soon be available for iOS devices as well.
Instagram is not the only platform that has rolled out an offline mode feature. Parent company Facebook made the move first a few years back in which you can create posts and comment while you’re offline.
This move not only validates the need to be constantly connected whenever and wherever, it is also a push for less data usage considering users who live in countries with limited Internet access. This update for instance gives more range to the 80% of Instagram’s users who live outside of the United States.
Apart from Instagram, Twitter has also recently released a new web app called “Lite” which was designed for mobile web to improve the quality of services for areas with limited activity. The data saving mode only downloads photos and videos if they are clicked on.