Instagram Lite launches on Google Play

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Instagram Lite for Android appeared today in the Google Play App Store without an official announcement from the social media company.

“The Instagram Lite app is small, allowing you to save space on your phone and download it quickly,” the description reads.

Instagram provides the capacity size of 573 kilobytes, illustrating Instagram Lite as 1/55th the measurement of Instagram’s 32-megabyte main app, allowing users to filter and post photos to the feed or Stories, watch Stories, and browse the Explore page.

Currently, the app remains deficient in the options to share videos or Direct message friends, as noted by TechCrunch.

Instagram Lite addresses many problems common amongst mobile users in the developing world who are often on older phones with less storage space, slower network connections, or who can’t afford big data packages. Users may not be required to delete photos or other apps in order to install Instagram Lite.

An Instagram spokesperson confirmed in a statement to TechCrunch that Instagram Lite began testing in Mexico this week, explaining, “We are testing a new version of Instagram for Android that takes up less space on your device, uses less data, and starts faster.”

The Instagram Lite trend has increased in notoriety. Facebook launched Facebook Lite in 2015, and it had 200 million users by 2017, which paved the way for the launch of Messenger Lite in April 2018. As a result, Uber took advantage of the strategy with the release of its own Lite app in early June.