Google maps have always been a part of our life whether you’re in car, on a bike or walking as long as you need to go from place A to B you don’t know you just pull your phone and open up Google Maps, some are having Google Maps in their built in navigation software in the car.
Usually Google Maps helps you to be on your desired destination without any problems but when you are done with your data connection or when its not stable you get annoyed very quickly. Either you wait to load the maps which is time consuming or else you are stuck in the traffic and completely off the grid and you are done with it ..
Using Google Maps navigation, search and more without data connectivity
To solve these issues, The Google Maps team announced that from now on you can navigate and search in Google Maps both online and offline. You just have to download an area in the maps when you are having good connectivity on your phone. and when you start using it in area where you don’t have connectivity good part is it will switch over to the offline material in a seamless way. This works with turn-by-turn navigation, destination search and you can even see useful information about places (opening hours, ratings or contact info). All of that without an internet connection!
There are two ways to download an area in Google Maps:
- Search for a city, state or country. Pull up the the place information from the bottom and then press “Download”. Now you can adjust the area you want to download. Once that’s done, press “Download” again.
- Another way is to go to the “Offline Areas”-section in the Google Maps menu and pressing the “+” button
Once you have downloaded offline maps , Google Maps will automatically switch to offline mode and use the downloaded material whenever you don’t have any connection. As soon as you’re connected again, Maps will go back online to let you use all its features again, such as live traffic information for your route.
Note: At the moment, this feature is only available on the latest Maps version on Android and iOS will get it soon.