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November 10, 2015

Google Maps to Offer Offline Directions and Info

Google Maps can now be as effective of a navigation tool offline as it is with an Internet connection.

Offline Maps How it worksAn update to Google Maps gives users the ability to receive turn-by-turn directions, even without Wi-Fi or data.

“Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly,” product manager Amanda Bishop said in a blog post.

Users can also search for particular destinations and find useful information about specific destinations, such as hours of operation, contact information or ratings.

“You can download an area by searching for a city, county or country, for instance, and tapping ‘Download’ on the resulting place sheet, or by going to ‘Offline Areas’ in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the ‘+’ button,” Bishop wrote.

Google Maps, once downloaded, will switch to offline and online mode as needed. For instance, if you’re in a location with poor or no service it will switch off until a connection can be found to prevent large data fees.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.