Whether you're on a bus, a plane or a subway, you can always anticipate that connectivity may be a problem. And even if your data connection is fine, there is still the fear of exceeding your monthly data usage, on top of the always-creeping anxiety that an emergency may occur during the worst possible time—like your commute.
Luckily for us, there are a handful of apps out there that can bring some excitement to your commute, with or without a wireless connection.
Here are 7 free apps that work off the grid so that you don’t have to.
- Spotify / iOS, Android
With the offline tool, Spotify allows all customers with an active subscription to play all their favorite tunes, without the need of a data connection. Here’s how:
When connected to WiFi, go to your music library and click on the Download switch at the top of the page, located right under the Shuffle Play tool. Make sure the switch turns completely green.
Once you’ve turned on that switch, in a matter of seconds, all of your music should now appear with a small green, downwards pointing arrow, indicating that you have successfully downloaded all of you music. Now you can listen to all your favorite artists without the hassle of needing good connectivity!
- CityMaps2Go & Google Maps / iOS, Android
CityMaps2Go and Google Maps are your ultimate go-to apps for any kind of map directory assistance. Even if you're offline, these two apps enable you to plan ahead. You can download all the maps of cities, provinces or villages that you may need to arrive at your final destination, all at just the tap of a button.
Heading somewhere obscure? No problem. Both CityMaps2Go and Google Maps have over thousands of directories to choose from!
- Google Drive / iOS, Android
Itching to put those finishing touches on that memo you've been working on? Need to start brainstorming for your next presentation? Then this app is sure to make your life that much easier.
When connected to WiFi at home, select a document from your Drive, tap the ellipses in the pop-up menu, and select Available offline. Google Drive will save the changes you’ve made locally and then sync them to your cloud once you’ve regained connectivity!
- Podcasts (iOS)
This free app allows you to fill in those boring moments on the subway with audio from all your favorite podcasts anytime, any place. From comedic offerings to local news, drama series and everything else in between, this app offers a plethora of podcasts that will soon make your daily commute something to look forward to. Simply download all your podcast when you're connected to WiFi, and then embark on your trip, now armed with hours of non-stop entertainment.
- Instapaper or Pocket / iOS, Android
If you're the kind of person who loves to stay up-to-date on all the big headlines and breaking news, Instapaper and Pocket are the perfect apps for you. When planning ahead, simply click a “bookmarklet” in your open browser, and both apps will automatically save all those juicy long reads for offline devouring.
- Cut The Rope / iOS, Android
After a long day at work or class, make sure to ease your mind by playing a fun, yet extremely addictive game like Cut The Rope! Brought to you by the same company that invented the iconic Angry Birds, Cut The Rope is a pretty perplexing puzzle game that keeps you glued to your screen with its vibrant and colorful cartoon illustrations. Try it out for yourself. You may be able to post an impressive high score!
- Free WiFi Finder / iOS, Android
In our ever-so-connected world, sometimes there are emergencies that really do require decent connectivity. Luckily, the Free WiFi Finder, available for both Android and iOS, will help you pinpoint the nearest hot spot during those emergency situations.
It even has service in more than 50 countries around the world! Now that’s definitely a tool you want to keep in your pocket.