While Snapchat seems to have forgotten about the developing world, Instagram knows everyone everywhere wants visual communication and are soon rolling out the way a better experience for users with limited network connectivity or no data plan to enjoy Instagram. Offline Mode!
Instagram announced at the F8 conference that it’s built support for using most of its features without Internet access. Much of this functionality is now available on Android, which is the preferred device type in the developing world. More will come in the following months, and Instagram tells me it’s exploring an iOS version.
Instagram offline users will be able to see content previously loaded in Instagram’s feed, users can leave comments, Like things, save media, or unfollow people — all of which will go through when they reconnect. Profiles they’ve visited before will be visible, as will old versions of the Explore tab or their own profile.