- The Instagram Lite app weighs than 2MB in size
- It is available on the Google Play store
- The Lite version is designed for low-end smartphones
Popular photo-sharing platform Instagram has re-introduced a Lite version of its mobile app. The Facebook-owned company had intially launched Instagram Lite way back in 2018. However, it vanished from Google Play store in May earlier this year.
Instagram said on Wednesday that it is testing the Lite version in India and is already listed on Play Store. The announcement was made at Facebook Fuel for India virtual event. There’s no iOS version of the app yet.
Instagram Lite is a smaller, faster version of its main app
As the name suggests, Instagram Lite is a lighter version of the app that is designed for phones with low-end specifications. The app is similar to Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite with a size of less than 2.0MB.
This version of Instagram is said to use less data and work fast on all network connections. The Lite version has a different logo as well with a white background so users don’t get confused between this and the main version.
Instagram Lite adopts the older, basic user interface. This means that the home, search, create a post, likes and profile buttons are at the bottom, compared to the latest version of the main app where the create post button is replaced by Reels and other such rearrangements.
The Explore tab also doesn’t show content categorisation labels. The Lite version offers the same experience but doesn’t have features like IGTV, Reels, AR-based stickers for stories and Shopping. It is aimed at people who are not familiar with the photo-sharing platform. The version is available in Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu languages.
Alongside the Instagram Lite app, the company also announced the second version of ‘Born on Instagram’ that aims at providing collaboration and mentorship opportunities to content creators. Version 2.0 will offer new features like Reels and masterclass from internal and external experts.
Vishal Shah, VP of Product at Instagram said, ‘With the test of Instagram Lite and the next edition of Born on Instagram, we’re aiming to democratize expression and creativity for a greater number of people in India. We’re also hoping to gain valuable insights before a global rollout of Instagram Lite.’