Instagram Lite returns to the scene: the light version of Instagram is launched in 170 countries and includes support for Reels
A few years ago, Instagram launched Instagram Lite, a shortened version of its application focused on mobile phones with few resources and destined for countries such as Kenya, the Philippines and India. Two years later, in the spring of 2020, the company withdrew the app with the objective of relaunch it globally, moment that has just arrived.
Facebook has announced that Instagram Lite returns to the scene, this time to 170 countries. At the moment it will only be available on Android, where you can download from Google Play Store. The deployment is already beginning and, at least in Spain, it cannot be downloaded yet, although it is accessible in APK format from repositories such as APKMirror.
De 30 MB a 2 MB
One of the main benefits of Instagram Lite is that its size is 2 MB, much less than the 30 MB that the original app occupies. This is possible thanks to the fact that the app performs a large part of the processes on its servers instead of on the mobile. However, Instagram has not missed the opportunity to implement its Reels (its alternative to TikTok), although it has put aside the support for IGTV.
Thus, with this application, users can see the photos and videos of their followers and Access Reels, Stories, Messaging and the “Explore” section. That Instagram has stopped supporting Reels is no coincidence, since TikTok is blocked in India and a good part of its users are from there, so it is an excellent situation to enhance its video platform. Of course, they can be seen, but not recorded.
Another aspect to highlight is that, at the moment, the app has no ads, although from Instagram they affirm that they are “committed to offering the complete suite of monetization tools”, so it is expected that they will arrive at some point.
As we indicated previously, the app has been developed for Android and there are currently no plans to release it on iOS. It can be downloaded from the Google Play Store although in Spain, for now, it appears to us as not compatible with any of our devices. It may be a matter of time. In any case, you can always do a sideload from trusted repositories like APKMirror.