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Best things to do on a plane without wifi connection

Author: Vladimir Brown

In this post we will share the best tips and mobile apps that will allow you not to die of boredom in a few hours while you are on the plane and wi-fi or mobile data are not available.

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Make a list of countries you've been to

If you travel often, it's always curious to know how many countries you've visited. Understandably, writing down a list of countries is quite a tedious task. In addition, you will not be able to see the statistics in the form of a map.

At the same time, there are special apps that help to keep count of visited countries and states (e.g. the United States). Among such apps we would like to mention Countries Been, Visited Cities and FindPenguins. They are available for both iOS and Android. All of them do not require Internet access via WiFi.

The apps work very simply: check the box for the countries you've been to. After that, click on Finish and look at the statistics in the form of a map.

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All in all, this activity will help you pass the time of air travel. You will be able to immerse yourself in pleasant memories associated with past travels and plan new itineraries.

Watch movies offline

As a rule, airlines offer to take advantage of their digital entertainment system, where various movies and music are available.

Let the content is available and not in good quality, but it is a solution to the problem if you can not connect to the Internet. But there is a smarter solution - to download all the necessary films to your mobile device - iPad or iPhone - in advance. This way you can watch exactly what is interesting and useful to you, rather than what the entertainment system offers. If you want to download movies for offline viewing, check out our article:

Best ways to download and watch movies on a plane

If you have a subscription to streaming services like Netflix, you can download movies for offline viewing via the official app.

Also, iPad users can download movies and shows to their device using one of the methods listed above.

Task Scheduling

An airplane is a great place to plan your tasks. The only problem is that in an airplane it is very difficult to concentrate, because something is constantly distracting: noise, screaming children, disturbing neighbors.

There are many apps to focus your attention. These apps allow you to create 30-minute sessions in which you can focus your attention as much as possible on tasks.

Listen to music offline

If you don't have local music on your phone, you can pre-download an offline playlist on your iOS and listen to music offline. The easiest way to do this is through the Spotify app.

  1. Run Spotify App
  2. Select Your Library by tapping the corresponding icon in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap the Settings icon.
  4. Activate Offline Mode using the slider.

This way you can enjoy your favorite music without having to search for a wi-fi network on the plane or buy an expensive tariff, which will be pointless for streaming music on the plane anyway.

Take notes

Your phone is a handy notebook. You can take notes as simple text notes. Why not create some txt notes right on the plane?

There is the Markdown format, which greatly extends the text format, while not being as difficult to write as html. In addition, it is very easy to export the *.md file to reach text for later. These apps are convenient to use in flight: they work offline and support synchronization. As soon as you land and connect to the Internet, all files will be uploaded to the cloud and accessible from various devices.

Not so long ago we published a review of the best markdown editors for iOS and Android, we advise you to read it!

Clear your phone of unwanted photos

You don't need the internet to clean up phone. Using the file manager, you can delete unnecessary photos or duplicates. However, through the standard Gallery app it is quite difficult to do this even in offline mode.

Consider alternative apps for viewing photos and managing Gallery on your phone.

Deleting and sorting photos is quite a chore and can take hours. It's a perfect pastime in case you don't know what to do on the plane and you don't have access to WiFi.


These are not all the activities you can do with your phone on a plane. You can use almost any mobile app offline to read books, listen to podcasts, and meditate. The list is endless. After all, if you're flying on an airplane, you can just put phone away and take a break from the Internet. Good luck and have a pleasant flight!

I'm Vladimir, your guide in the expansive world of technology journalism, with a special focus on GPS technologies and mapping. My journey in this field extends over twenty fruitful years, fueled by a profound passion for technology and an insatiable curiosity to explore its frontiers.