Instagram gets browser notification support
Now, Instagram users who log in from Chome can turn on notifications for when they get new followers, likes, or comments. The change also applies to Instagram Lite, which is still in testing, and more or less a wrapper of the mobile site.
For the first time, you’ll now get Instagram notifications when using the social network through a browser. Chrome support was first reported by Android Police and according to theverge it’s working in Safari and Firefox. The service will ask for permission first, and then notify you whenever there’s any activity on your accounts such as new followers, likes, or comments.

This update brings the functionality of the web app (and thus Instagram Lite) much closer to that of the social network's native app but it's still limited. You can't direct message yet, or upload videos. Still, you can see your timeline, upload photos, search, and view/publish Stories, which covers most of the experience. The functionality works across both desktop and mobile and has also come to Instagram Lite, the service’s alternative low-data, low-resource app. Instagram Lite launched in Mexico earlier this year and is expected to launch across the rest of the world as it moves out of its testing phase.

The development means the web and Lite experience of using Instagram is closer to the full-fat version of the service than ever, but there are still some differences. You can’t upload videos for example, and direct messages are not supported. It’s unclear whether Instagram intends for them to eventually reach parity.

Instagram Lite is currently available only in Mexico, though TechCrunch reports it will expand to more countries later this year. In the meantime, you can find it up on APK Mirror. Or, you can just navigate to the browser app by logging into from your device.