Instagram introduces data saver feature for Android to reduces image, video load times

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 06 Jun 2019

The feature is designed to not load videos or high-res images in advance

Instagram users will be able to choose from three options to load videos and images - "Never," "Wi-Fi Only," and "Cellular + Wi-Fi".

Instagram introduces data saver feature for Android to reduces image, video load times
Instagram introduces data saver feature for Android to reduces image, video load times

Want to modernise your banking loan application?

Build an application that analyses credit risk with #IBMCloud Pak for Data on #RedHat #OpenShift

Click here to know more


Instagram has introduced a new feature on the platform catering to users in emerging markets with low data speeds and patchy connectivity. The feature is also intended for those who want to save on data. To reduce the amount of data used by the app, Insta users will now have an option to restrict the advance loading of videos and high-resolution images on the app.

"Instagram gets people closer to the people and things they love. The community’s power lies in visual storytelling and sharing amazing social video moments. With this data saver feature, we’re hoping for an uninterrupted Instagram experience in slow network areas, which in turn will increase people's interactions with their friends and family," Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships at Facebook India noted in a press release.

Data is fairly cheap in India, and in some cases free, the data saver feature seems a little too late to the party. However, network connectivity is still patchy and speeds are unreliable, so to some extent, the new feature could be useful for those who want to access Instagram, but do not have quality cellular connectivity. In its press note, Instagram points out that as per Ookla’s Speedtest Global index, India's mobile internet speeds dipped in the month of April 2019, to 121 from the earlier ranking of 108.

To activate the feature on Instagram, users need to go to "Settings," then "Account," then "Cellular Data Use”. Here, users will be able to enable the data saver setting and choose among three options for how Instagram will show them high-resolution media including "Never," "Wi-Fi Only," and "Cellular + Wi-Fi".

The new data saver feature on Instagram will be rolled out to Android users globally over the next few weeks.

Digit NewsDesk

The guy who answered the question 'What are you doing?' with 'Nothing'.

Digit caters to the largest community of tech buyers, users and enthusiasts in India. The all new Digit in continues the legacy of as one of the largest portals in India committed to technology users and buyers. Digit is also one of the most trusted names when it comes to technology reviews and buying advice and is home to the Digit Test Lab, India's most proficient center for testing and reviewing technology products.

We are about leadership-the 9.9 kind! Building a leading media company out of India.And,grooming new leaders for this promising industry. Protection Status