Having storage issues on your phone should not let you miss the fun that comes with social media. Yes, Facebook is assisting you to do more for less space with the launch of Instagram Lite. The light-weight app is a less data- and storage-intensive Android-only version of the popular photo and video Instagram app taking up just 2MB on your phone.
The company says the Instagram Lite app is launching with all the basic bells and whistles around editing, sharing, and viewing photos and videos. This is in addition to the ability to add stickers, create and view Stories, IGTV, and the Explore discovery and recommendation algorithms. With the launch coming to over 170 countries, the app should be coming with specific language support to be usable in those markets.
Like the other Lite versions of apps like Facebook and Messenger, Instagram Lite is geared towards consumers in emerging economies. This is where smartphones are most likely to be Android-based and less likely to be top-of-the-range devices; consumers are more likely to be more price and bandwidth-sensitive when it comes to using mobile data.
But of course, we can not disregard that reducing the Instagram app from 30MB to a mere two comes with some opportunity cost.
Download the Instagram Lite app here.
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