At Facebook’s F8 developers conference, Instagram announced a new offline mode for its Android app, so that you don’t always have to be dependent on your Wi-Fi or mobile data connection.
Although it’s technically not exactly “offline,” it offers you the ability to view content that has already loaded in your feed, user profiles you have already visited, as well as your Explore tab. While you’re offline, you can now leave comments and like posts, unfollow users, as well as save images and videos (yes, in collections as well). When you go back online, all offline actions will take place – likes, comments, etc.
The feature is only available on the Android app though, and as there hasn’t actually been an announcement about it just yet, we don’t know when it will be available on iOS.
Instagram isn’t the first to offer an “offline mode.” Facebook already has similar functionalities, allowing users to draft posts, reply to posts etc, and YouTube released YouTube Go on Android to cater for slow connections. On YouTube Go, you can easily share videos to view when offline, but can also share videos when offline. In January, WhatsApp also introduced offline message queueing…
Other offline features will be coming to Instagram soon!