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.
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. Interaction with said posts will also be possible, in the form of likes and comments.
For now, there is no mention on whether Instagram Stories will work offline or not. Once the internet connectivity is back, all the actions that were done in the offline mode will be executed in the background. The upgraded Instagram app, by comparison, taps a cache - if you open a section (like your feed, Explore, or Instagram profiles) of the app, it will store the newest photos in that section on your device.
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Anything the user does in the app while offline will then be automatically applied once a connection is restored. The offline mode is available for Android only for now.
The success of Facebook Lite, a Facebook app which works on 2G networks and areas with slow or unstable connections, shows how Instagram can grow by catering to the needs of those with limited data plan.
It's approach the social network took a year ago when it released a slimmed-down version of the Facebook app - Facebook Lite for low-powered devices. The same features may make their way to the iOS version eventually, but that rollout hasn't taken place yet.