Download all of Wikipedia on your phone

There's a lot of data on the public internet — and vast amounts get added every day. But, how much of it is useful to anyone, and how much of it is conceivably useful to you?

The answer is 102 gigabytes.

Download all of Wikipedia on your phone and never be without the useful internet ever again.

Why download Wikipedia

I downloaded Wikipedia about a year ago and have used it more than I expected. Here's some of the benefits with real life examples:

How to download Wikipedia

There are a number of ways to download Wikipedia, a complete list is available on (no surprise) Wikipedia. The most user-friendly way is to download an app to do it for you, and the most user-friendly app is Kiwix.

Kiwix is available on both Android and iOS. It's free, open-source, and can be used for other content — like iFixit or Stack Overflow.

Wikipedia weighs in at around 102 gigabytes (GB) with images and 60GB without. It's a big file — too big for a lot of phones. However, Kiwix also allows you to download subdivisions of wikipedia — like the top 1 million articles at 43.53GB, mathematics articles at 2.63GB, or only ice hockey articles 527.6MB.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Download Kiwix for your platform of choice: iOS, Android, Everything else.
  2. Open the app
  3. Navigate to Library. (You have to hold down the bottom right menu button)
  4. Click Categories
  5. Click Wikipedia
  6. There are lots of options for downloading subdivisions of Wikipedia. Scroll down to the heading that simply says Wikipedia to see the options for downloading all of English language Wikipedia.
  7. Choose the download size that is right for you.
  8. Make yourself a cup of tea and sit patiently next to your WiFi router.