Semalt: How To Make The Best Use Of Wikipedia App When You Are Offline

While high-speed data connection seems to be everywhere, there are still locations that lack connectivity even in this age. Some locations have zero connectivity, so you have to work with drastically reduced bandwidth in some other locations. A very good example is when you are traveling by air or when you are abroad.

In both situations, you might want to save a lot of web pages so you can read them thereafter when your phone will be offline. Ivan Konovalov, the Semalt Customer Success Manager, states that there are Wikipedia apps for Android and iOS that allow users to save articles that can be accessed later when offline.

Ho to save a page on Android

  • Tap the three vertical dots at the top right corner of the screen. This serves as the menu button
  • Choose "Save page" from the list of options that will appear.

How to find saved articles on Android

  • Go to the main menu and choose "Saved pages".

How to save a page on iOS

  • You only need to tap the heart icon at the bottom of the article and it is saved. This is even easier and shorter.

How to find saved articles on iOS

  • Go to the main menu and choose "Saved pages".

Both versions of the app allow you to refresh the article with the latest content once your connectivity has been restored. However, the Android version has another advantage over the iOS version of the app. It allows users to search through cached pages.

Even if you have connectivity, there are a couple of reasons you might still prefer reading saved articles in offline mode. It is free of all kinds of distractions. When you need utmost concentration, notifications like in-coming SMS, calls, Twitter message, and others can distract you badly, lower your concentration, and slow down your reading pace. Another reason is that refreshing the page will overwrite it with the most current content. This means that you may miss out important information in the saved page.

Offline Wikipedia must have been made for airplane mode. So, depending on how long your journey will take and how fast you read, you can save enough pages that will keep you busy all through your journey if you are a prolific reader.

Being offline also conserves the battery of your device. That means you can read more articles before your battery drains off in offline mode than in online mode. Even students can take advantage of offline Wikipedia pages.

As a student, you can do a research on Wikipedia and save all the relevant pages. Whether you have connectivity or not, it is better to change your device to offline mode as 100% concentration is required to read and digest all the saved pages. You may also need to jot important points down while you read the pages. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not aware of this feature of Wikipedia app yet.