Facebook’s Photo and Video sharing app; Instagram for Android has received an offline mode that will let Instagrammers access many of its features even when they don’t have internet connection. This came in an announcement that was made by the company at the ongoing Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California U.S.
The feature, according to the company, will also be rolled out to iOS users in the coming days.
According to Instagram Engineer Hendri, users will be able to see the previously loaded content in their feed, leave comments, Like things, save media and unfollow people. Once the users’ device is back online, all his activities will be executed in the background.
The profiles that users have visited before too will be visible, as well as the cached versions of the Explore tab and their own profile pages. The ‘offline mode’ feature is expected to be especially useful in emerging nations where internet connectivity is patchy.[related-posts]
According to TechCrunch, 80% of Instagram’s users 600 million users are outside U.S, so Instagram needed a way to provide a better experience for users with limited network connectivity or no data plan.