Instagram's offline mode for Android is official

Android users rejoice. Not just YouTube you can now ‘go offline’ on Instagram too

At Facebook's developer conference F8, Instagram is testing offline support for its Android app. The popular image sharing platform now has offline support on Android, but it's understandably very limited.

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While it doesn't mean you can constantly use the app without an internet connection, you will be able to view any post that have previously loaded when you had a Wi-Fi or data connection, like and comment on them. But with Instagram's new tool, Instagram fans will be able to continue browsing content that was previously downloaded in their feed. Internet connectivity issues still exist widely out the U.S., and even though Facebook is determined to provide wireless internet access using one of its many solutions to remote areas, those plans are still some way off from fruition. The new offline features doesn't work with Stories just yet, and there is no information if and when it will. Though, the company said an iOS version of the same functionalities is also being considered; more will still be added to the Android version, which by the way is the preferred OS in the developing world. When a data connection is re-established, the actions made will be uploaded to Instagram's servers. The company said they are working on iOS version. All these functions will then be saved, and they will go through when the device connects to the internet.

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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.

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