I was off the grid camping last week with some friends and our campground had a lot of space to spread out and do our own thing if we wanted. On the second day I found a SWEET little swimming hole at the river behind where I set up my tent. Suddenly I got excited about sitting next to the water and trying out this guided meditation app I’ve been using. So I hiked down with my little chair and my phone, and got all cozy next to the water… fired up the Calm app… and… ah crap I had no service. Disappointed, I sat there tapping around and found that there seemed to be no ability to download the meditations even if I wanted to prior to going offline.
When I got home I googled it. (I always take note of when I need to google something that should seem obvious, kind of like a yellow card of usability.) When I found my answer, I was all man, I think they dropped the ball on this one.
Let’s dissect this:
I tried starting a Daily Calm session and saw no cloud icon;
Next, I found no Available Offline section;
Finally, I found my Session History (buried under Profile) and tapped the ❤️ icon and saw a cloud indicator in the upper left, but for only ONE of the sessions. I couldn’t duplicate this with the others.
Was offline listening available for the other sessions? Why did I have to dig into my history to get this function?
I found the Available Offline section:
As you can see, it's the last option in a horizontal scroll in a list of genres. "Available Offline" is not a genre — it's a feature. However, once I'm in Available Offline, it still isn't clear which sessions are downloaded and how I control them. More to come...