Users depend on apps and apps depend on an internet connection to function. This dependency on the internet makes most of the apps less accessible across different locations. Gone are the days when users were okay with online-only feature apps. Now, users expect apps to function even if their mobile’s internet connectivity drops.
Implementation of offline mode support enables an application to function even in absence of the internet and makes it more accessible. Offline support is a core feature for native mobile applications. For example; Google maps enable its users to download a certain area of their worldwide map and navigate on Google maps without any internet connection.
So, what are the challenges?
Synchronization of device and backend data is the hardest and excruciatingly challenging part. Multiple devices increase the amounts of data to synchronize which adds to the complexity.
Retrying a request when it is still in progress is a tricky situation. For example, you retry a request after it fails and, in the end, you realize you have paid twice.
Edge cases such as app crashes are also worth our attention.
Offline functionality improves the usability of your mobile application and provides users with advance existing cases even when their device is disconnected. With the offline support mode, users have access to optimal features and poor connectivity will no longer remain a concern.
Users strive for reliability. You will gain more user loyalty if they know your app can be trusted even on low connectivity. Offline mode keeps the app running even in remote areas. Users can simply download all the information required and access it anywhere.
Though there are few things you need to pay attention to developing an offline-enabled application. While designing applications for offline mode certain settings require configuration different to online-only mobile applications.
Adding offline support as a feature in your mobile application requires a detailed understanding of offline-supported features that guarantees reliability.
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