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Best Offline Android Apps: Helping you go through the day without internet!

Today, with the technology advancements that are taking place in India, mobile data and Wi-Fi come very easily. However, there are times, when you are on the way back home, travelling out of town, in the end of your monthly data cycle or just want a lightweight app for your needs without worrying about myriad notifications. Basically, there are lots of great lightweight apps that work offline too and can make your life much easier! So, here are some apps that work offline just as well as it works online.

U Dictionary

As such, whether accommodating to a life in a new city, learning a language or simply wanting to check the meaning of a few words it's always useful to have a dictionary app at hand. Having recently won the award of one of the "Best Apps of 2016" from Google Play Store India, U Dictionary English Offline app, certainly stands out among the group as a comprehensive and authoritative one. U Dictionary is a very lightweight app and takes up less than 5 MB space including extra download of one offline language pack. The app has many languages to choose from, such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and many more. U Dictionary is an app that features a pretty cool user interface and is primarily designed for those that enjoy popular culture and need to look up a reference or those that don't speak English natively. So, whether the user is a professional, student, traveller, or other, U-Dictionary could be the best choice for them at work or at home!

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Google Maps

This is the most common app used by many to navigate across cities, towns and move from one point from another. Although Google Maps tends to work better when connected online, providing real time updates, the app also has an offline feature. You can use the offline maps to search, get directions and use navigation without an internet connection. You can do it by just 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.

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Pocket

Pocket is one of the best apps for saving things for later. It is also one of the most popular offline reading apps on the Play Store. You can save any articles, videos, and other content you find online to your device, then read it offline later. The app syncs across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you'd like, even when you're offline. You can save to Pocket from pretty much anywhere, including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

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Kiwix

Google Play describes it as "The whole of Wikipedia on your device!" As such, Kiwix is an offline content reader which can be used to download and browse Wikipedia as well as other sources such as Ubuntu documentation, WikiLeaks, WikiSource, WikiVoyage, etc. It is a light weight android App with easy to use interface. It also provides search option to find a specific content.

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Netflix

Netflix is one of the world's best subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on the phone. Users can watch Netflix on one device, and resume watching on another, covering TVs, game consoles, tablets, phones, Blu-ray players and set top boxes. Recently, Netflix launched a new version of their app that allows users in India to download the videos and watch them on the go, without having to pay extra apart from the usual monthly subscription fee.

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Simple tips to improve Google map navigation

Do you know what’s common between Columbus and us? We start for one place and end up in a totally different location, that too half hour late. He made it work out for him and he didn’t even have maps like you do. Google maps when used properly can be the ultimate guide to anywhere you want to go. Here are 5 tips to improve your navigation:

 

1. Use map offline: Be it to conserve data or battery, offline maps can save you a lot of time and frustration (in bad network patches). Simply go to an area on map you want to save offline, type “OK Maps” in the search bar, zoom in/out to select the area and hit Download. You’re done. Now you can use various Google map features even without internet.

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2. Find ATMs and other utilities: You might not find cash there but looking for an ATM would never be a problem again. Click on the search bar, you’ll see little icons for ATMs, cafes, petrol pumps etc. Click on any of the icons and map will show you all those places around you.

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3. Save home/work: To make your navigation easy, you can save two of your most frequented places i.e. Home and Work in the map. Now you don’t have to write the address every time and seeing how far you are from your saved locations is easy too.

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4. Check Bus routes: New in the city and don’t know which bus to take? Well, Google Maps has got your back. Simply put the location where you want to go, choose the bus as the mode of transportation, and the map will show you all the possible bus routes as well as their schedule.

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5. Add stops in way: Need to pick up some food before you go to your friend’s place? Google map allows you to add stops on your way now. Put in your destination but before you hit the navigation button, open options next to the search bar, click on ‘add stops’, enter the locations and hit enter.

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These 5 tips can make your life a lot easier but if you still manage to lose your way, it’s not on the app.