6 Best Offline Android Apps That You Must Have

Mobile data and WiFi are omnipresent. Or, so we think. There are still millions of ‘blind spots’ with neither WiFi nor mobile coverage. This is worrisome given our overdependence on apps. So, what’s the solution to this problem? Offline apps. Several apps function even without an internet connection. The 5 best offline Android apps cover different bases - navigation, communication, music and more.

6 Best Offline Android Apps That You Must Have

Google Maps and BackCountry Navigator

Google Maps is a quintessential navigation app. But, do you know it works offline as well? You just have to download maps of your destinations. Downloading offline maps is straightforward, type a city, state, region or country name and tap the Download button. Maps also sends recommendations to download maps based on your travel plans which it finds out via your Gmail. Another necessary offline navigation app is BackCountry Navigator. It is the perfect app for hikers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. If offers offline topographical maps for hikes as well as lake contours, GMU boundaries, ATV, rafting and equestrian trail maps. Google Maps and BackCountry Navigator are two of the best offline Android apps that you must have.

Google Translate

Google Translate

Blind spots are far more common in abroad especially if you don’t have a local mobile connection. And, what if you don’t speak the local language? Trouble, trouble. Not at all. Say hello in the local language to Google Translate. Google Translate supports 103 languages, of which, 59 are available offline. You just have to download languages ahead of time for offline use. However, instant camera translation, photo translation, conversations and handwriting aren’t available offline. Only the text translation is available offline. The app is 100% free though and without any ads whatsoever. Google Translate is a must-have offline Android app being used by over 7 million people.

Flym

Flym

Flym is your offline Flipboard. It’s an open-source news aggregator app that pulls all the best articles from reliable websites and blogs. Nothing new, eh? If there wasn’t then it wouldn’t have been on the best offline Android apps list. Flym functions offline. Hasn’t it happened to you that you tried checking the best burger in Boston or transportation options in Tokyo but found out that you have no internet connection? For such moments, Flym lets you download any articles from the world wide web including images. And, the best part is that Flym is free without ads nor in-app purchases.

SoundCloud

SoundCloud

SoundCloud is an off-the-beaten-path music app ideal for offline use. SoundCloud’s USP is that any artist can upload his/her music to it. This has resulted in 120 million+ tracks with more being added every day. The app also offers a wide variety of shows, podcasts and other content that you wonโ€™t find on other apps. The best part is that you can download songs without requiring a premium subscription. Downloading your favourite songs is easy. Travel with your music wherever you are.

Kindle

Kindle

Books are just as important as music. Without books, there will be no beach bumming. But, why carry heavy hardcovers when you can fit thousands of books in your phone thanks to the Kindle app. Select from a wide range of books, magazines and newspapers. And, the best part is that it works offline. Just download your favourite books and magazines to read them anywhere regardless of the internet connection. Most of the features - customization, night mode, highlighting, bookmarking etc - function the same even without an internet connection. This makes Kindle one of the best offline Android apps that you must have.

Jim has a bachelor in Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds. When he is not writing tech articles he enjoys photography ๐Ÿ“ท and traveling ๐Ÿš‚.