Even though the world has progressed to a point where we can get internet access for very low prices, we still don’t have reliable internet across the globe. This is exactly where we might need some good offline apps for Android to use when there is no internet. Sure a lot of countries have good reliable Internet available for their citizens, but a ton of places don’t have access to quality Wi-Fi.
Don’t get me started on the spotty 4G or 3G connectivity we have across the globe right now. Unless you are living in a big metropolitan area with multiple service providers, you will face the excruciatingly painful no-Internet-day. On that day, you will be glad for the five great offline apps for Android list and how it helped to you stay sane.
I usually move to remote areas during the holidays so I have first-hand experience about no Internet connectivity. Even though the carriers promise connectivity all over the country, there are times when even the fastest 4G provider simply sucks. I distinctly remember a time when I had to send an important mail but was unable to do so until I reached my home city. I’m pretty sure similar things have happened to you as well.
While these five great offline apps for Android may not provide you drastic features like live video chatting, they will still come in handy on numerous occasions. It is highly unusual for me to recommend a full list of Android apps to be installed on your device but this is one of those lists. The apps are not that big to pose a serious threat to your internal storage, so you might as well install them and forget about them. Think of them as umbrellas, you don’t need them every day but you are thankful when it’s raining to have them.
Note: The 5 great offline apps for Android were tested on a Sony Xperia Z smartphone. The only time I used Internet for these apps was when I was downloading content. After you have completed the necessary downloads, the apps are fully accessible without the need of any Internet connectivity. The apps worked perfectly fine and there were no problems faced during the testing process. Due to the diverse nature of the apps, they are not in any particular order.
1. Kiwix, Wikipedia offline
There used to be a time in history when people would have killed for the amount of information we have on our hands. Wikipedia has been at the forefront of easy to access information about anything you would ever need. I have written more research papers with the help of Wikipedia, and then I have played cricket, and believe me, I love cricket.
Kiwix is an app that aims to provide you everything on Wikipedia off-line. I know this is a very ambitious premise, one that can take up a lot of space on your smartphone, but if you want everything accessible at every possible time, this is the best app for you.
I highly recommend this app if you are a student and have a dedicated tablet. If you’re a parent, then I also recommend that you install it on your family tablet, so that everyone will be able to use information when they need it the most. Now you can complete your homework even when there is a blizzard outside, and the power is out.
2. Google Play Books
If you like reading books and want to have a healthy collection on your Android device, Google Play Books is a good option. While it is not as fleshed out as other reading apps for Android, it is a reliable one. This made by the same people have made Android, so it does provide you good options and plays well with almost every Android device there is. Most of all it’s available all across the globe and is not as restricted as Amazon’s superior Kindle Fire app.
After you have downloaded the books you want to read, you can access them offline and read them at your own pace. Bookmarks, notes and reading positions are all in sync across multiple devices so you can continue reading on either your tablet or your smartphone. I especially loved the sepia reading mode that gives you a slightly yellow tinge replicating the color of paper. Accessibility.
Ever read an amazing article on the internet that you wanted to save for a through read? Pocket is the perfect app to save online articles for off-line usage. I have personally used this app for a very long time and it has delivered every time. I usually read a lot of articles when traveling on public transportation, this is where Pocket comes in really handy.
I have a job that requires an up-to-date knowledge about the tech world and this app has helped me cram a ton of knowledge right before a meeting. The app basically allows you to save any article you find online and presents it in a very readable way offline. You won’t need to save pages in your browser just to read them later now, Pocket will do that for you in a highly manageable manner.
4. Google Translate
If you’re traveling abroad or starting a new language then Google Translate is one of the best apps you can have on your smartphone. We listed it as the best translation app for Android and there are some reasons why it’s on that list. One of the most important reasons is that Google translate can be made fully off-line with a little bit of downloading.
For example if you are trying to learn Spanish, you can download Spanish and English to translate even when you are off-line. I currently have six different languages installed on my Google Translate app, even though I don’t really need them at all. But if you’re into learning a new language and don’t want to spend a ton on data charges, this is one of the best apps you can get.
Maps by Google is a wonderful app that has evolved over the years. It is one of the most reliable and up-to-date map apps on Android. We have listed it in the best navigation apps for Android list thanks to its fairly reliable navigation methods. More than 220 countries are available on this app, so basically, the whole world is covered.
It also comes with voice guided GPS navigation for all your driving needs. You can also use this app for biking and walking. Live traffic conditions are also available in some areas which is a great feature if you live in a metropolitan city. Hundreds of millions of places are also marked on the apps; you will know where the next sloppy Joe restaurant is.
These were a few good offline apps for Android that will come in handy when there is no Internet connectivity. I know a lot of other apps can be categorized as off-line apps but these are the ones that are generally online. We cannot just list the best calculator apps for Android and call it a day now, can we? In a perfect world where my editor was usually asleep, I would get away with that as well but we all know this isn’t a perfect world. So I had to list some amazing apps which are usually online but can also offer offline features.
What do you think about this list? Should any more apps to be included in it? Do sound off in the comments below.