Internet is something many of us take for granted. For many, it’s everywhere and ubiquitous. However, not everyone has a good solid Internet connection. Sometimes, even people who live in well connected areas may end up somewhere without one. That’s why everyone should carry at least a few apps that work offline. That way your smartphone doesn’t turn into a brick. Many apps do work offline with a little planning. Spotify, Google Play Music, YouTube, Netflix, and many other media apps let you save stuff for offline listening or viewing. That’s well and good, but that’s not all your phone can do. Here are the best offline apps for Android!
Amazon Kindle and Google Play Books are great offline apps. They both let you amass a collection of ebooks. Both of them also have various customization features, a night mode, and other basics. They also let you download books for offline use and both take a fairly liberal approach to it. You can download as many as you want as long as your device can hold them. Both apps are also free to download. Books cost money, obviously, although both have a healthy selection of free books as well.
AccuWeather is one of the few apps with offline support. The app doesn’t exactly advertise it. However, you can find testimonials all over the Internet. The app syncs about 15 days worth of fairly accurate weather information. The weather can always change, but it usually doesn’t change that much. AccuWeather also includes a real feel temperature, decent widgets, a weather radar, and severe weather alerts. We’re not sure how well that works with the offline support, but having a forecast for that long without Internet is a nice feature.
Google Drive actually has pretty decent offline support. You can sync any number of files to your device from the cloud. Those files are usable with Google’s suite of apps, including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. There are too many use cases for such functionality to list here. It helps with productivity, work, various niche cases, and tons of other instances. It’s also not limited to office files. You can sync ZIP files, APK files, or even music and video files if needed. The service grants 15GB of storage for free. You can get more for an optional subscription.
Google Translate is a powerful tool with offline support. Most people already know about Google Translate. It lets you translate between basically any spoken language on the planet. The app also works with OCR. You point your camera at a thing and it translates that thing into whatever language you need. The app still works offline with support for 59 languages, according to its Google Play listing. It’s also completely free, like most Google apps.
gReader is one of a few good RSS readers left on Google Play. Of course, it supports offline reading. Others do as well, including Feedly, Palabre, and several others. However, gReader did a better job than most during our testing. That includes support for images as well as text, something the others struggle with a little bit. The app also features a decent, clean UI, support for Feedly, and support for other RSS networks as well. The free version is pretty decent and the pro version goes for $4.69.
HERE WeGo is one of the best navigation apps for offline use. Their offline maps work in over 100 countries worldwide. That’s a boon to those in countries without excellent Internet access. The app also features real-time traffic, transit info, a slick UI, and even some car sharing features. Other GPS apps do the whole offline thing. Google Maps does temporary offline maps downloads, for instance. However, we liked HERE WeGo’s implementation a little more. The app is free with no in-app purchases. It may contain ads, though.
Pocket is one of the most popular offline apps available. Its whole shtick is saving things for later recall. That includes offline support, of course. The app lets you save practically anything from web pages to images, news stories, memes, Reddit threads, and more. The free version has some restrictions. You can get the pro version for $4.99 per month or $44.99 per year. That removes basically all of the restrictions and adds some more features.
Pocket Casts is easily among the best podcast apps available. Basically all podcast apps have offline support. You can, after all, download the ones you want for future listening. Podcasts are great like that. In any case, we really like Pocket Casts. It’s simple, clean, and features cross-device syncing along with a dark theme. You can download your podcasts to either your device or SD card as well. It’s relatively cheap at $3.99 and has no further in-app purchases.
Reddit Offline is one of the better Reddit apps for offline viewing. It lets you download a number of threads from the subreddits you follow. They are viewable while offline. The app also downloads things like GIFs, image, etc where other Reddit apps might not. We also really liked the extra features for offline support. For instance, the app can download on a schedule. That works great for those who may want to download their stuff before heading to work or something like that. There are better Reddit apps. However, this is probably the best one for offline stuff.
Splend Apps is a developer on Google Play with a variety of offline apps. They are all very simple apps within their ecosystems. Their list of apps includes a notepad, a to do list app, a voice recorder, a flashlight, a file manager, and several others. All of these apps work without accounts or syncing and exist entirely offline. There are better apps in all of these categories. However, these apps have virtually none of the online stuff that others do. You can still sync with Google Drive and Dropbox, though. All of these apps are usually free with a pro version that usually goes for $2.99.
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