Why Instagram Is Painful On Android Phones


If you’re an Android phone user who’s also on Instagram (like plenty of us are), you might have realised that image quality is sometimes lacking, especially when compared to iPhone users. Unfortunately, it’s not the only issue faced. In-app features like automatic text-centring and re-sizing when viewing stories on certain screen sizes are just two downsides, but why is this the case?

Too much of a good thing

It’s not Instagram’s fault that certain features don’t work on Android phones. The real problem is that there are way too many Android phones launched per year to optimise the Insta OS for each and every one of them. With less than 30 Apple-powered phones ever launched, it’s easy to understand why Apple is given priority in this department.

On the other hand, there are hundreds of Android-backed phones available. It’s simply impossible for Instagram developers to keep up with that demand, so they simply make as system that’s as adaptable as possible for as many Android phones as possible.

The frustration is real

It damn well is, especially if you’ve got one of the latest Android phones with a 20-megapixel camera that has AI support. Imagine having that level of tech, only to see your photos being uploaded with lower resolution. The thing is Android phones work with thousands of apps, whereas iPhones tend to specialise on a limited number of apps, but then they do so spectacularly.

In conclusion, it’s practically impossible for Android to ever reach iPhone-level photos on Instagram. Also, given the proximity of launches between Android phones, there’s never going to be enough time to perfect the software for a specific model…so, yeah, we’re just going to have to live with it.