Instagram on Android gets offline mode

This announcement came at Facebook's F8 conference. The company has already started the testing on Android Beta version of Instagram App, and that lets you know consume and content if there is no connectivity.

It was also revealed that Instagram had 600 million monthly active users across the globe in June 2016, up from 500 million in September 2015. But with Instagram's new tool, Instagram fans will be able to continue browsing content that was previously downloaded in their feed. Many of them are in countries where internet is not so prevalent as the first world countries have and are also constrained by limited data usage. Additionally, the offline capabilities are only added to the Android app, and not the iOS one, probably due to the more restrictive nature of Apple's OS, when it comes to app development. With this new feature, Instagram users on Android will be able to leave comments, Like posts, save media, and unfollow people while offline, and all of it will happen when an internet connection is made. Once the internet connectivity is back, all the actions that were done in the offline mode will be executed in the background.

Instagram gets an offline mode to better serve customers in emerging markets. We can expect this Instagram feature to be rolled out soon as Snapchat supports the same. Even the profiles visited previously will be visible offline and the cached versions of the profile page and Explore tab.

  • Arturo Norris