As announced today at Facebook's annual F8 Conference, Instagram is rolling out support for an offline mode for users, that will allow them to carry out a number of functions that will all go through once connection is restored. The popular image sharing platform now has offline support on Android, but it's understandably very limited.
Additionally, users can view any posts previously loaded in their Instagram feed. Interaction with said posts will also be possible, in the form of likes and comments.
More than 80% Instagram user live outside the USA and a massive chunk live in developing countries, in areas where there are low connectivity options.
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Instagram's offline features could help spur the service's growth in developing nations and let you browse the app without a connection. The company said they are working on iOS version. Next time you connect to the internet, that section will update automatically.
The offline mode for iOS will be added later on.
The feature is a part of Facebook's efforts to cater to the developing world.
It's approach the social network took previous year when it released a slimmed-down version of the Facebook app - Facebook Lite for low-powered devices. If you are wondering how it works, its pretty simple- when your device gets access to the Internet after being offline, all the actions done by you will then be registered in the background. You can do that by using the comment box below.