It seems like almost every app requires internet connectivity to be of much use these days. However, there are still places where internet is hard to come by, where your online-focused apps will be useless. Don't get caught out with nothing to do when you're out in the sticks – check out our list of the best offline Android apps and keep yourself entertained wherever you are.
Not only does the Spotify app give you access to millions of tracks, but you can set it to sync your playlists in the background, meaning all your music is automatically available when you’re offline. What’s more, it’s easy to assign all of that music to a microSD card if you don’t want it taking up space in your phone’s internal storage.
The premium subscription to Spotify will cost you US$9.99 per month, but it's one of the coolest services around. There's nothing better than saving a couple of albums to your device while using the airport cafe Wi-Fi just before a flight.
You may associate podcasts with online streaming, but you can also download all your favorite podcasts, giving you endless hours of listening pleasure. Pocket Casts is one of the best apps for doing this, letting you search for hundreds of thousands of podcasts across the internet, then downloading them to your device.
Pocket Casts allows you to automate downloads from your subscriptions so that, once you've decided what you want to be listening to, episodes will be downloaded in the background whenever you have access to Wi-Fi (or mobile data, if you're OK with that).
Developer ShiftyJelly is clearly very smart – it's created an efficient, intuitive app which does everything you could ask for.
3. Best offline travel app: TripAdvisor Hotels Flights
TripAdvisor is the rightful king of travel apps. Supported by a thriving community, it offers reviews, photos and feedback from fellow travellers, then ranks attractions and activities based on what those people say.
TripAdvisor used to have dedicated City Guides which could be downloaded externally, but now all of this functionality is baked into the one app, including offline access to reviews, maps and photos of more than 300 cities.
If you’re travelling, you shouldn’t be without TripAdvisor Hotels Flights.
No, we haven't gone mad. 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.
5. 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.
6. Best offline dictionary app: Offline Dictionaries
If you're in a foreign country and don't speak the language, it's 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.
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.