Our smartphones these days are like our constant companions, sticking with us throughout the day. From the time we wake up till we hit the sack, we use them to do so much. However, have you thought about the fact that it’s an internet connection that powers the smartness of your device and without it, most of the apps would not be able to complete any tasks.
We only realize this fact, when there is no internet connection on the device, be it cellular or Wi-Fi. Majority of the times this happens you realize how your phone transforms from smart to dumb. You have feeble or no internet connection mostly when you are on a holiday or a road trip and cannot find cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. And at times like these, you need your smartphones the most but without the aqua vitae, it’s just a phone.
So today, I am going to talk about 5 apps that you can use offline on your Android especially when you are on a trip or a holiday without an active internet connection.
1. Offline Navigation: Maps.me
Navigation is one of the most important things that you require from your smartphone on a holiday. While Google Maps now has an option to download area of a map and navigate without an internet connection, there are still a few issues with the app. First of all, it’s quite a task to download individual areas on Google maps and re-routing is also an issue in case you miss an exit.
With Maps.me you can download an entire state, region or even a country offline depending upon the download size while you are connected to the Wi-Fi network. Having done that, the app is all about using the maps and search feature offline. On Maps.me, you can search for places offline and then route and reroute without any issues. The app works fine most of the time, but if you want to be double sure, you can save the visiting area offline on Google Maps too.
The next important thing that you would require on a holiday is the complete info about the place where you are visiting; that includes hotels, places to visit and reviews of such places. The best place where you can get all this info is the TripAdvisor Android app, which can even save info for a particular city for you to access offline.
The app has more than 300 cities and counting that you can download for offline access and view the entire city guide with photos without an internet connection. A must-have app to help you out with new cities.
3. Offline Translation App: Google Translate
When it comes to language transition, the first name that comes to our mind is Google Translate. The app makes it so easy to translate words and sentences from over 80 languages. When you set up the app for the first time, there will be an option to download the offline translation data while choosing the language.
However, only the major languages have offline data available and and when you choose to change language, there will be a small download button next to the languages. Make sure you download the data over Wi-Fi to get offline translation for the said language. If you are lucky, you will even get offline speech output for both the languages.
4. Offline Reading: Pocket and Amazon Kindle
Where ever you are, your reading should not stop and to make sure of it, you can install Pocket and Kindle on your Android device. While Pocket saves the web pages with all it’s content for you to read offline, Amazon Kindle can help you to buy and download eBooks for you to to read offline.
Additional Cool tip: If you have an habit to search for meaning of a word while you are reading, have a look at two of the best android dictionary apps that you can use offline.
5. Offline Music: Spotify and Saavn
If you don’t have the habit of saving music files on your internal storage, you can try apps like Spotify (or Saavn where it’s not available) to take your music offline with you. While the feature is available only for a premium member, it can save you from boredom or be a perfect companion on a beach with your headphones on.
So these were the top 5 apps for Android that you must download on your Android before you plan a trip. While these apps might take additional storage space on your phone with all the offline data they download, you will find it really useful at the time of crisis. You can obviously delete the offline data when you are back home and then re-download it when required. So try them out and do let me know if you have any recommendations you would like to add to the list through the comments section.