Although mobile data are easier to come by than ever especially on kobodata.com, there are still times when you’re in the e-dark whether your data subscription lapses unaware and in need of an app that works offline. In other cases, it might be a matter of privacy. On Android there are loads of great apps that function just as well offline as on. These are the best offline Android apps, now updated with our favorite offline note-taking app.
1. Best offline weather app: AccuWeather
There is no such thing as a truly offline weather app. Like the other apps on our list, you need to use AccuWeather online at some point.
However, AccuWeather wins our favor for this list because it provides an accurate 15-day forecast, which means that even if you are without internet for two weeks, you should still have some indication of whether you need a sombrero or a ski mask for your trip outside.
What’s more, it does so in an intuitive package which takes just seconds to get to grips with.
2. Best offline documents app: Google Drive
No, we haven’t gone weird. Despite Google Drive being one of the leading cloud storage services in the world (i.e. storing all your files online), it also lets you download files and documents to your device. You can then work on these files offline, and they sync straight back up into the cloud when you get internet again.
To do this, tap the ‘i’ or Options icon of a file in Google Drive, then tap the switch next to Keep on Device. You can do this to as many files as you like, and Google Drive will let you work on them away from the cloud.
3. Best offline app for saving things for later: Pocket
Pocket is one of the most popular offline reading apps on the Play Store. You can use it to download articles, videos, and other content you find online to your device, then read it offline later. You simply click on the share button on the article you want to save and select Pocket to read it later.
It has a beautifully designed interface and is a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on content that you didn’t manage to finish reading or watching the first time round.
4. Best offline dictionary app: Offline Dictionaries
It’s very crucial that you have a means of communicating with locals. Offline Dictionaries is a free Android app that sets itself apart from the others thanks to its large database of synonyms and support for more than 50 languages.
Upon launching the app, you download all the languages you’ll want to refer to, then refer to the app freely without having to worry about internet connectivity
5. Best offline note-taking app
The closest you can get to a trusty pen-and-paper duo on Android is a good offline note-taking app. There are plenty out there; indeed, we have a dedicated best note-taking apps list, but my personal favorite is Monospace. It’s a wonderful, minimalist tool that offers very basic functionality at a very high level. There are text-formatting options like bold and italics
6.Best offline map app: Google Maps
Using the old version of Google Maps offline was a little awkward, but since its most recent update, this functionality is better than ever. It’s easy to download a by visiting the Offline areas tab in the settings menu. From there you can download full city maps, including Google’s excellent navigation system, for use without internet.
The best part of all, any maps downloaded in your offline areas will be automatically removed after 30 days, so there’s no need to worry about unused apps taking up storage space unnecessarily.
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