Nigerians are among the those who can’t do without Whatsapp and Instagram as they are now part of our daily lives. The Facebook-owned companies have been seeing lots of upgrade with new features being released almost every month between them.
Whatsapp just Launched a feature that will allow users to hide images from a group or person from their phone’s gallery.
This feature is reported to be already active in iOS, but for Android users, it is available in Beta mode and will be released in the next update (some countries already have the app updated in PlayStore). You can go ahead and update your app and if you cant find the feature, you will have to wait for the next update.
To use the feature;
- Tap on an individual or group chat to get the ball
- Tap on the contact or group name at the top of the chat window or choose view contact from the three-dot menu.
- There should be a media visibility option like in the screenshot below ( if it is not there, please update your app.)
- Tap the media visibility option. This will prompt the app to ask whether you want downloaded media from the chat to be saved to your phone gallery.
This new feature will only apply to newly shared media and would not affect previously shared images and pictures.
Instagram has launched a lite version (Instagram Lite) for its popular social application. The main app already has over a billion downloads on playstore, but some users (including this honest writer) have ditched the app mainly due to its ability to consume a considerable amount of data (data is expensive here) and also due to a poor internet connection.
Like Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite apps, the new lite app (already tested in Mexico) is meant for countries where internet connectivity is very poor, and data subscription is expensive. Measuring just 573kb, this app is super tiny, the drawback being that it doesn’t allow you to post videos or send Direct Messages although they may be added later.
While we hope this is possible, Instagram has been testing a single messaging app called Direct (like Messenger app for Facebook) which will allow users to message each other without the need login to Instagram first. If the app is still in development then taking out the Direct Message function from the Instagram Lite app is a strategy to get users to use the Direct app when it becomes available. The Instagram Lite app will be available in other countries as the days go by and we will very much be happy to use it.
Instagram had launched an exclusive video sharing platform named IGTV to compete with Youtube earlier this month (here is how to use it and get your own IGTV channel) and with the introduction of this Lite app, they are really trying to penetrate into different sectors to increase their user base. Hopefully, the apps do not disappoint us.