Android users, Go Offline in Instagram
Tuesday 25 April 2017

Android users, Go Offline in Instagram

Instagram announces an amazing feature at Facebook’s developer conference F8 that, it has brought offline support to its android version of the app. Now with this, users will be able to browse through Instagram’s preloaded feed and can even like or save posts without the internet access.

With this newly introduced support, Instagram users can now leave comments, save media, and even unfollow people while offline, says Instagram Engineer Hendri. The company is working hard to bring the feature to its iOs version as well. Users will reportedly be able to see the profiles that they have visited before and old versions of the Explore tab with this support as well.

This feature seems to be inspired from parent company Facebook’s Lite app, which was specifically launched for users who do not have a stable internet connection. If you are wondering how it works, when your device gets access to Internet after being offline, all the actions done by you will then be registered in the background.

In the conference, Instagram confirmed the feature is currently being tested in low-bandwidth regions. "Instagram's mission is to help people connect through shared experiences. 80 percent of the community is outside of the US, and as our platform grows, Instagram must perform across an increasing variety of devices and networks to keep people connected. For people in low-bandwidth regions, we've begun testing offline experiences that keep the Instagram experience consistent and let people consume and engage with content, even if they don't have service. In this talk we'll introduce some of our initial explorations into offline features, and share learnings you can apply to your own apps," it said.