Instagram now works offline

Posted April 20, 2017

Instagram is now testing offline support for the Instagram Android app, as revealed at the Facebook F8 developer conference held yesterday (via TechCrunch).

Instagram engineer Hendri said that users will be able to leave comments, save media, and even unfollow people while offline with the newly introduced support, TechCrunch reports. Once a connection is re-established, the app will simply sync up all of this data. It is possible using Read support which let Instagram developers unlock the offline consumption and stores the content in zipped version.

Instagram lets you slide into people's DMs with disappearing and permanent photos. However, you will be able to view all activities that took place on your Instagram field as soon as you reconnect.

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Instagram was launched back in 2010 and the mobile photo-sharing application and service gained rapid popularity with over one million registered users in just two months and some 10 million within in a year, ultimately reaching 600 million by the end of 2016. Instagram enjoys a lot of patronage from outside the USA, which explains the company's major reason for introducing offline functionality. You will be able to still see the content that was previously loaded before you lost Internet.

Facebook's recently updated Lite version also works in a similar way, and which shows the message "you can still post while offline" when using the social network. With the added offline functionality, Instagram is providing a service that Snapchat has so far not only blatantly ignored, but it probably doesn't deem worthy of its attention, especially after Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegal's alleged comments that Snapchat is not for poor countries like Spain and India.