24/7 internet connectivity one of the things that differentiates smartphones and feature phones and one of the major reasons that people shell out money for smartphones. In fact, many popular apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Google Maps won’t work without an internet connection, which basically means that if you are in an area bereft of Wi-Fi or Mobile data signal, you don’t have much use for your smartphone. In fact, it is actually true that most of us do get irritated when we don’t he have internet connectivity. Many of us even compulsively check when we are outside to see if we got the mobile data signal or the 3G icon back on our phones. We even spent a good deal of money on data plans.
But, does your smartphone become useless without internet? The answer is no.
There is a lot of stuff that you can do on your Android smartphone, in the unfortunate happenstance when you don’t have access to internet on your phone. Here are some things that we have picked, just for you.
Well, this is one thing that we all love to do on our Android phones. Playing games is a passion for most Android phone users and there are tonnes of offline games available, ranging from Candy Crush Saga and Subway Surfer to Temple Run and many more. Most of these games also have online functionalities, for e.g. they can save your score offline and display it in comparison to other players whenever you get access to internet.
Even if you don’t have games installed on your smartphone, here is a secret – your Chrome browser transforms into a game when you are offline. Here are some screenshots of the fun you have ignored while waiting for a net connection. Bet you didn’t know it before.
Well, smartphones have been blamed for killing people’s habit of reading. But it is not so. If you were to explore a little, there are some things you can do to keep up with your habit of reading. There are many apps for this, but only two matter for an Android user – Google Books and Kindle. Both of these apps allow you to download books offline for reading. There are many books including leading titles available on these apps.
Well Google Maps do not function offline, right? Wrong, you can actually search for a place and save offline maps for usage. Here’s how to do it:
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Download a selected area of the map
- Make sure you’re connected to the Internet, then open the Google Maps app.
- Search for a place, like “New Delhi.”
- Pull up the place info sheet at the bottom of the screen, and touch the menu in the top right corner.
- Select Save offline map to save the selected area of the map. (Sign into your Google Account, if you haven’t already.)
- Only what’s on the screen will be saved. Adjust the map by moving it and zooming in or out, as needed, then touchSave.
- Name the map, and then touch Save.
- After a few moments, you’ll see a message confirming that the map area has been saved.
You can listen to music online, but you can do so offline. You can not just listen to music on your SDcard but also save recordings from FM on many smartphones. Besides these, you can actually download podcasts for listening on the go.
YouTube now allows you to save videos for offline viewing. All you have to do is click on the download button under YouTube videos and it will save videos. You can see these videos in the offline videos tab, even when you are offline.
Some videos though can’t be saved like this because of copyright issues.
We have prepared a general list of stuff you can do to make the most of your smartphone, even when offline. There is plenty of stuff you can carry around with you in your smartphones to keep you occupied. You might also want to use the time service and manage your smartphone. Delete apps you no longer use, manage shortcuts and gestures for new app, fiddle with Tasker and much more.