iPod Touch Use it Anywhere?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by napy666, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. napy666 macrumors newbie

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    Can you use the iPod Touch anywhere you go, using all of its features, or is the only way to get any of the app's or features on any of the iPod Touch's 4th generation, 5th generation, 6th generation, you need to be connected to WiFi or some type of internet or data connection.
     
  2. sorcery macrumors regular

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    Many apps and music function offline, some apps require a wifi connection. It's basically a tiny iPad but with no cellular data connection available.
     
  3. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    I use mine at the gym everyday, battery life has kinda tanked over the past few years.
     
  4. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    I use mine at home in lieu of my iPhone a lot. My whole family uses iPhones so I can use iMessage on my iPod to text and face time to call.
     
  5. napy666 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I leave home with my Ipod touch and wanted to use google maps could I use it without needing to be connected to the internet or no?
     
  6. Paddle1, Nov 5, 2016
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    Offline mode should work in some form. There's no GPS on the iPod Touch though so it can't track your location without internet.
     
  7. Starfia macrumors 6502

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    Of course you need to be connected to Wi-Fi to transmit any data – but short of that, everything works smoothly. For example, if you receive text messages or e-mails while you're on a walk, they'll show up a moment after the next time you reconnect to Wi-Fi. It doesn't throw any wrenches in anything.

    (I use an iPhone without cellular service as my main mobile device, so I'm pretty used to this.)
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The iPod Touch has no GPS, so it cannot locate you outside of wi-fi, and even then it may not give anything.
     
  9. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    Before I got a stand-alone GPS unit (then smartphone after that), I used OffMaps that stores maps for offline use. Paid for some of the maps (like DC area). I managed to get around fine, but it did come in handy. I don't know if they still map offline maps given how more people than ever should be on internet enabled phones, but worth a shot. Worst comes to worst, there should be a way to download maps from map services like Google Maps or Apple Maps.

    Everything else... just check the app to see how it runs offline (if at home, turn off wifi). Some only requires you to be on wifi to download the app initially, updates, files, etc. (although if you're old school, you can still transfer stuff from your desktop computer that DL's the stuff via Ethernet). Others may have some features that require internet access. In extreme cases, you'll have limited use or no use without internet.
     
  10. Slix macrumors 6502a

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    There's a little misinformation going around here regarding location services and iPod touches so I figured I'd clear some stuff up.

    While the iPod touch does not have a GPS, if you load directions to a location when you're on wifi, then travel with the iPod not connected to wifi (like in a car or walking down the road), so long as there are wifi networks nearby (you don't have to connect to any of them), location services will be able to locate you on the map that you have pre-loaded. I've used this on my 4th gen iPod touch while driving, as well as my 6th gen iPod touch, and it works pretty well, though of course in places where there are few wifi networks or if you're moving too fast (for instance, on the freeway), it doesn't do so well, but it's definitely a nice alternative to using nothing. :)

    Note that because location services works this way, taking a photo or video using the camera will also record its location taken when you later connect to wifi, using the location data for the photo. :)
     
  11. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Are you in the US?

    You don't even need to use iMessage so to speak. You can set up text message forwarding on your iPhone so all of your regular texts get sent to your iPod touch and you can respond and start new texts from your iPod as well. Then you can text anyone from your iPod, not just those with iMessage.
     
  12. Starfia macrumors 6502

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