Instagram Now Adds Offline Support For Android

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Apr 19, 2017
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While a lot of us have to face limited network connectivity or no data plan at times, Instagram wants to change how we use its photo-sharing platform. At Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, Instagram announced that its Android app will now be able to feature offline capabilities. The offline mode on the photo-sharing platform for Android will allow users to continue browsing and scrolling even without an internet connection. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the subject.

Instagram For Android Now Works Even Without An Internet Connection

Instagram Stories is on the verge of popularity as its active user count surpassed that of Snapchat’s. The irony is clear as it was Instagram which blatantly ripped of Snapchat Stories. Nonetheless, since the platform caters a hefty amount of users, the inclusion of offline support was a much needed addition.

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When you use the app in offline mode, you will be able to see the content which was previously downloaded on the feed. According to the company’s engineer, Hendri, you have the ability to leave comments, like a photo or a video, unfollow other users and even save posts.

Once you’re done using Instagram in offline mode, all of your comments, photos liked or any other action that you performed will be executed in the background when connected to the internet. In addition to this, any profile that  you visited will also be available offline. Moreover, the cache version of the profile tab and Explore tab will also be visible offline.

At this point in time, there was nothing mentioned if Instagram Stories will be able to work offline as well. Comparatively, since Snapchat already supports offline viewing, we suspect Instagram to add this functionality in its Stories feature soon if it hasn’t implemented it yet.

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The feature is pretty helpful in developing countries where either a working or stable internet connection is not present. Instagram has been enriching its app with more features to provide a better viewing experience for users. The company also added the ability to save an a post to a private collection a few days ago.

So anything that the company adds in its app for our viewing pleasure and user experience is a welcome change. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the offline mode on Instagram for Android? Do you think the feature will be available on iOS soon? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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