How much does your phone offer you if you turn off Wi-Fi and mobile data? Turns out, quite a lot.
Since many apps offer an offline mode, your phone can keep you entertained, help you navigate, and let you get work done, even when there’s no internet connection. Here are the best Android apps you need to live without data.
You probably already have Google Maps on your phone. However, what you may be missing is its ability to guide you even without an internet connection. Google Maps lets you download maps for specific areas locally on your phone.
So next time you are stranded in an unknown area, you don’t have to worry about your mobile bar. In addition to navigation, offline maps allow you to search for hotels and landmarks.
To download offline maps of locations, launch the Google Maps app on your phone and search for the place you want to go. In the information card, you will find an option labeled Download. Press that, select an area to download, and tap Download again to save it.
Download: Google Maps (Free)
Listen to Music Offline: Spotify
You can continue to listen to your favorite music offline with most streaming apps; we highlight Spotify here.
If you’re a premium subscriber, Spotify allows you to save your library for offline listening (up to a 10,000 track limit). There’s also the option to download individual playlists or albums, regardless of whether the songs are in your collection. It’s located under the three-dot menu on any playlist.
The easiest way to download your entire library is to tap the Download button at the top of the All Songs list, which you can find on your Library tab. Under Settings, you will find Offline Mode which hides all unsaved music for offline use. There is also an option here to change the download quality if your storage space is low.
Note that you must be connected to the internet every 30 days to continue using offline music.
Download: Spotify (Free, subscription required for offline use)
Podcasts Offline: Google Podcasts
If you’re more of a podcast listener, we’ve got you covered too. Google Podcasts offers an easy way to listen to and download your favorite shows later. This is especially useful for people who frequently travel via subway or train.
You’ll find a Download button on the episode or channel description page. What’s more, the app has the ability to automatically delete downloaded tracks when you have finished them.
If you want the app to save new episodes of flagged shows after you arrive, there’s a feature for that too. In Settings, enable Automatic Downloads and select the event to apply.
Download: Google Podcasts (Free)
Read Articles Offline: Pocket
In the absence of an internet connection, you also lose access to the websites you read regularly. To work around this, we recommend signing up for the Pocket service save-it-later.
With Pocket, you can save articles when you have time to view them. Once you add a webpage to your Pocket list, the app automatically downloads it on your phone. It features a comprehensive set of settings if you want to tweak the amount of data that can be used.
In addition, Pocket has a number of tools for an ideal reading experience such as dark mode, text-to-speech integration, volume key scrolling, and personalized recommendations.
Download: Pocket (Free, subscription available)
Browse RSS Feeds Offline: RSS Reader
For people who find saving individual articles too time-consuming, try RSS Reader. This free app lets you download RSS feeds with one tap. You can choose to download only posts you haven’t read, or all stories.
However, what sets RSS Reader apart is that it can sync new articles for offline use on its own. You have to enable this option from settings; it works on both Wi-Fi and mobile data.
The rest of the app is pretty standard, featuring a straightforward interface for consuming posts and black themes.
Download: RSS Reader (Free)
Watch Movies, Videos and Shows Offline
Most video streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video offer the option to download content on their mobile apps. It requires a paid subscription, as you would expect.
So before your next trip, you should launch the app of the service you are subscribed to and download the show or movie you want to watch. You can also select the quality to save space on your phone, if necessary. Keep in mind that some apps have a limit on the number of apps you can download at once.
Check Bus and Train Schedules Offline: Transit
It is even possible to check bus and train schedules without data. All you need is the Transit app. You can follow routes in real-time and plan trips via any means of transportation. Transit function in several countries including US, New Zealand and UK.
Of course, the reason it’s on this list is because you can download routes and itineraries for offline use. The Transit app is a must-have app for travelers and passengers alike as it supports everything from the metro to bike-sharing services. You can even schedule an alarm before the bus or train arrives.
Download: Transit (Free)
Work Offline: Google Suite
For remote workers, Google’s suite of productivity apps is a must-have. It hosts a plethora of platforms whether you want to take notes, create presentations, browse photos and videos, edit spreadsheets, or manage files in your cloud storage.
Google also offers a Trips app, which lets you instantly download all your travel essentials like flight tickets, local attractions, restaurants, and itineraries.
Download: Google Apps (Free)
Read Books Offline: Amazon Kindle
To continue reading your books offline, install Amazon’s Kindle app. Apart from allowing you to download any book from its extensive library, the Kindle app offers many handy features for readers.
It has a built-in highlighter tool if you want to bookmark sections, a dictionary for learning new words in multiple languages, and rich formatting options. Apart from books, you can also store magazines and newspapers locally.
Download: Amazon Kindle (Free)
Browse Wikipedia Offline: Kiwix
Kiwiz is a great content app that can download many Wikipedia pages. You can browse hundreds of guides and references, all without an internet connection.
Kiwiz takes images and other elements as well so it can render the page as usual. You also have the option to browse by topic and download only the categories that interest you.
Download: Kiwiz (Free)
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