In this post I round up all the apps that I am using that allow you to download online content in advance and get at it later when you don’t have access to the Internet.
The Best Offline Android Apps
Here are the apps that I am using on my Nexus 7 to download and view content offline:
- Drive: You can store spreadsheets and docs for offline viewing with a simple tick of a box. Google have posted up instructions here so there’s no need for me to go into the details. With this capability I don’t see the need to install a different productivity suite.
- Play: As with Google Drive, you can ‘pin’ purchased movies to make them available offline. You can also do this with books but be aware that not all content allows this ability – presumably a bureaucratic licensing issue.
- Pulse: This is app is designed to make reading news and favourite websites fun and engaging. It sits in the background and quietly keeps it self up to date so that you have a whole selection of articles ready to read when you are away from an Internet connection. I use this app to read new posts on our forum.
- Reader: Google’s RSS reader application has been around for many years and you probably already have an account, fire up the Android version and all of your favourite feeds will be available with popular feeds offline readable. Make sure you add our RSS feed!
- TED: If you haven’t heard of TED yet you should seriously go and check out their site right now. There really is something for everyone here whatever your interests. The TED Android application allows you to download talks for future viewing. I recommend the high quality downloads for Nexus 7 playback.
- Maps: Google’s well known mapping application now has offline capabilities. I used this for the first time over summer and found it very handy whilst navigating around the Welsh countryside (not many WiFi hotspots around where I was!).
- Doggcatcher: A podcasting application that has a comprehensive range of features that will allow you to keep track of all the podcasts you listen to or watch. I get the impression that podcasts have fallen a little out of fashion but they are still a great source of content. Find out more on their website here.
If you are using other apps with offline capabilities on your Nexus 7 I’d love to hear from you. What are you using and what do you think of it?
Let us know in the comments below or in the forum.