About 2 years back, Facebook-owned Instagram introduced a less-resource hungry version of its standard app named Instagram Lite. It was released only in a few countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Mexico, and Peru.
On April 13th, the app got removed from the top-ranked apps list on Google Play Store. Later it was confirmed that the app is temporarily discontinued.
Now when an existing user tries to log in on Instagram Lite, it shows a message asking them to use the standard version of Instagram instead.
It was first spotted by Android Police and later confirmed by Tech Crunch. A Facebook spokesperson said, “We are rolling back the test of the Instagram Lite app, You can start using the latest version of Instagram instead to connect with the people and things you love.”
For the uninitiated, Instagram lite is an app that is targetted for smartphones with fewer resources like RAM and Storage. There are plenty of other lite apps including Facebook Lite, YouTube Go, Google Go, etc.
The Instagram Lite app was launched in Google Play Store in June 2018 and the size of the app was just 573KB. Since its inception, a lot of people were using the app in the aforementioned regions.
It was first introduced in Mexico and later to a handful of other countries as well.
This removal is temporary and the company will soon introduce a much better Instagram Lite app in the future. Facebook has been learning about the users’ usage in the testing phase and now that they got the data, we can see it coming to the market in the near future.
The company has not announced any launch date or any other details regarding the Instagram Lite yet. If you don’t want to use the resource-hungry version of Instagram then you might want to consider using the web version of Instagram.