Facebook announced today that it is rolling out Android-only Instagram Lite in 170 countries in order to enable people with poor internet connection to access the widely popular photo sharing app.
Instagram Lite will only take up 2MB on an Android phone – versus 30 MB for Instagram.
“This new app for Android is designed to provide people living in rural and remote communities with a high-quality Instagram experience using minimal data.” Facebook said in a statement.
“These are the markets where there is the greatest need,” said Tzach Hadar, director of product management at Facebook in Tel Aviv, where the app was largely developed.
“It uses a lot less data so if you have a small data package you are not going to run out when you use the service. But the aim is for us to give the same breadth of experience you get on Instagram,” he told Reuters.
Instagram Lite has all the basic features including editing, sharing and viewing photos and videos, as well as the ability to add stickers, create and view Stories, IGTV and the Explore discovery and recommendation algorithms. Facebook also said that it will also be adding other requested features like Dark Mode.
Back in December, Facebook launched a revamped version of Instagram Lite app for testing in India, months after it shut down the light version offering worldwide.