If you are constantly having poor internet service on your mobile device, but would still like to access Instagram, you may now do so…on Android devices at least. Facebook recently announced at its F8 developer conference that they are bringing offline mode to Instagram on Android.
The aim of this is to help people in developing countries where people have limited access to the internet. Even if they are out of connectivity area or do not have a data plan at that moment, they can still log into Instagram. Facebook is also bringing this functionality to Android devices first because it is the preferred device type in the developing world.
Offline mode allows users to do more than just continue browsing previously loaded content, and queue posts to be posted later. Users can still leave comments, like posts, save them, and follow or unfollow people while offline. All these actions will be synced when they go online. To make the experience even better, Facebook is also caching parts of the app like commonly viewed profiles, and the Explore tab too to ensure there’s something to view even when there is limited internet connectivity.
Instagram’s offline mode is currently available for Android devices only, but Instagram told TechCrunch that they are exploring on bringing it to iOS devices as well.