For all its power and influence, Google search has always suffered if you happen to have little to no mobile signal or less than stellar WiFi connectivity. If you’ve been in such a situation you know the frustration. Often I want to look up something that’s mentioned in a movie while watching it, but sometimes my spectacular Vodafone connection is off duty and later I just forget about it.
Well, nothing can be done yet, to make Google search give you results even when offline but Google is trying to remedy this issue by adding offline search to its Search app on Android. The “offline search” feature will deliver your searches to you when an adequate signal becomes available.
Mobile networks can sometimes be inconsistent or spotty, which means that even if you have a connection when you start your search, it might fail before you get your results back. With this change, search results are saved as soon as they are retrieved, even if you lose connection afterwards or go into airplane mode.
It works similar to when we saw it being tested previously. Once a connection is re-established, the Google app will send a notification noting that a search result is ready for viewing. Tapping it will take users to a pre-loaded, streamlined results page that still features cards for weather and stock prices.
Google claims this has no impact on the battery or data usage and affects them both only as much as regular searches. The hamburger menu now has a “Manage Searches” section where you can see all your pending searches and clear them as well. You can also find them in the “Offline Search” section in the app settings.
Saved offline search requires the latest version of the Google app, though the feature may not be out for everyone just yet. If for some reason, you don’t have the latest version of the app, you can get it from APKMirror.