Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ted Wilson

Instagram Gets an Offline Mode on Android

Instagram Gets an Offline Mode on Android

During the Facebook F8 developers' conference, Instagram announced that they will be adding an offline mode to help Instagram users still use the app despite connectivity problems.

Offline users will also be able to leave comments, save content, Like posts, and even unfollow people. Once a connection is re-established, the app will simply sync up all of this data.

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80 per cent of Instagram's users are outside of the USA - many in emerging markets where the cellular internet can be slower. Or you know, maybe you'll go camping one day and need to get in some fresh, fresh likes.

With the increase in the number of monthly active users, Instagram seems to have chose to follow the footprints of the Facebook app.

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The way this works is when you're offline, you can still view the preloaded content and several of the app's sections (feed, explore, personal profile, previously visited profiles, etc) and you can interact with them. These actions will automatically take place once online. Instead of preventing you from liking posts when offline, the app now updates your likes when you're connected to the internet again. Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that it is looking into launching the same offline capabilities on its iOS app, but that doesn't sound like a definite plan at this time.

Instagram has not only copied Stories from Snapchat, it has succeeded in reinventing the feature; attracting millions of people daily. Instagram could have drawn inspiration from Facebook lite that had around 200 million users after a year of rolling out.

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