Earlier this year, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform re-launched the Instagram Lite app for Android users in more than 170 countries.
This comes after it was previously pulled which asked several questions such as what is the difference between the two apps and how this version compares to the original app.
What is Instagram Lite app?
Instagram Lite is the slimmed-down version of the original app. This means that it will not take up much space on the phone. This release comes with significant and more comprehensive improvements for users who use older smartphones. And for those who have phones that don’t have a lot of storage space.
The app is mainly targeted at users who live in areas with poor internet connection.
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The main difference with the original application
The main difference between the Instagram Lite app and the original app is in terms of performance, because the app is not as big and has full capabilities like the original app.
In addition, there is a significant difference in size, as the application comes in a size of only 2 MB.
This is a big difference from the original app that comes in at 30MB.
And when you factor in the storage that the app uses for data and cache, this number becomes significantly larger.
Moreover, the Instagram Lite app is powered by code saved via the cloud, which is unlike the original app which saves data directly in the phone.
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Instagram Lite Features
The new version of the application has a lot of features that are available in the original application. Like sending direct messages to personal or group chats with texts. Animated and still images, stickers and videos.
The app also supports Reels, IGTV, and autoplay videos. It also supports the ability to upload videos to your story.
The app offers you an ad-free experience and supports local languages in many countries like India where the app supports more than 9 local languages while the original app only supports the official Hindi language.
With these features, switching to this version can be useful especially if you have a smartphone with limited storage capacity or if you are in an area that does not have a good internet connection.
The application is available for free for Android phone users in Google Play.