Google Maps for Android: Now Offline!
Have you ever lost reception while driving and discovered your Google map app could no longer give you directions? Previously, an internet connection was required to access area maps, so in places with low or no reception, you’d just have to find your own way. However, Google has just announced that their newest app for Android now allows the user to download maps for offline use. Now users can download up to six large metro area maps to their mobile device for later offline use.
This new feature will come in handy in a number of situations, such as when traveling underground in a subway system, when using a WIFI-only device without a connection, or even when you are just trying to minimize data usage. As long as your device contains a GPS, you’ll still be able to use the blue dot to track where you are on the map. With an installed compass, your device will also still be able to orient you on the map, regardless of online or offline status.
To use offline maps from Google on your Android device, you’ll simply choose the area you’d like and select ‘make available offline’ from the menu to begin the download. Because the map will be stored on your mobile device, you’ll need to ensure there is enough space. Google will estimate the file size for you prior to beginning the download.
Map regions are available for download from over 150 countries. By planning ahead and downloading maps prior to your travels, you can now ensure that you’ll never be lost in a foreign place, regardless of your device’s connectivity.