Instagram has added a new feature that allows users to post pictures without using the app. With this feature, the app aims to make sharing on Instagram easier in markets with slow network speeds by eliminating the need to download the Instagram app.
According to a report by TechCrunch, Instagram users can visit Instagram.com from a mobile device including the iPhone to post photos to the social network. Previously, Instagram allowed those using mobile website and desktop website to browse timeline, search and discovery, notifications, and managing account.
Instagram’s mobile site leaves out data-heavy features like Stories and newer capabilities like messaging, but it’s a lightweight option on slow networks and potentially the best solution on iPad. The mobile web launch ties in with Instagram’s global growth strategy aimed at the 80% of its users outside the US. Other product updates in this vein include web sign-up, a better on-boarding flow for low-end Android users, and the recent addition of offline functionality.
With the extended mobile web version, users can skip the app download’s wait time, data costs, and storage needs while still getting the basic functionality.