Instagram Lite taken down, is coming back eventually

Instagram Lite shuts down in advance of a relaunch

Instagram Lite shuts down in advance of a relaunch

Parent company Facebook confirmed via a statement to TechCrunch that the app is being rolled back. The company has not said why. From there, add an app's shortcut to the home screen and it would function the same a the lite version of Instagram.

Mexico was the first market to receive Instagram lite and accounted for the majority installs at 62% of its total installs. AppBrain reports that the app had garnered over a million downloads by the time it was unpublished on April 12, having last been updated this past October.

Facebook has always treated the app as a test and is planning to use the data and feedback collected as well as lessons it has learned over the past few years, to create a new version of Instagram Lite. Facebook is also directing the users to go to the full-fledged Instagram app to stay connected with the people and things they love. The second-largest market was the Philippines, with 14% of installs. This previously highly ranked application has disappeared from the Google Play Store on April 13 in countries such as the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and Kenya, where the app was active.

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Instagram Lite was one of those Lite applications that Facebook had been offering following the launch of Facebook Lite back in 2015 and Messenger Lite in April of 2018. The lite version was 573 kilobytes which is roughly 1/55 the size of Instagram's 32 megabyte app as of 2018. Kenya and Peru trailed, with 12.5% and 12% of installs, respectively.

Instagram Lite was pretty popular in regions such as Kenya, Mexico, Peru and the Philippines. However, no timeline regarding the launch of this new app was revealed. Major tech companies such as Uber, Tinder, Twitter, Spotify also offer lite versions of their apps especially to the emerging markets.

According to the app researcher, Jane, this new feature will surely make the boring chat more colorful with and users will use the platform for texting frequently. That could change in the future, however. However, Facebook suggested that users can head over to Instagram's regular app instead to socialize. Alternately, they can use Instagram via the web from their phone.

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