Google understands that not everyone has a data connection at all times, and when those times come, it can be pretty hard to get the answers you need from the search giant. However, with the company’s latest announcement of device caching for search results, your queries will become available as soon as connection is reestablished.
To sum it up, should you begin a search with no data connection, you’ll see the same “cloud with line through it,” indicating that you are offline and no results can be provided. After that, the Google app will continue to ping the server until a connection is made. Once it can deliver the results, your phone will notify you that a search result is awaiting your looking over. For example, if I search for the weather, but don’t have any connectivity, my phone will notify me once it is reconnected and returns a result. The GIF image below shows a more detailed look at how that example works.
Google also details that this feature won’t harm your data usage or battery life.
If you’re worried about data charges or preserving battery life, don’t fret. This feature won’t drain your battery, and by fetching streamlined search results pages, it minimally impacts data usage.
To utilize this breakthrough feature, make sure you’re running the latest Google app from Google Play.