It’s 2pm and you have an appointment to view that property to rent in Aberdeen with the PMC and you’re using your Google Maps to find it. However, as you’re driving down the road you lose signal and your maps go offline and stop. Usually, this would be a disaster as you are scrambling around trying to get connectivity and make your appointment.
Here is how you get downloaded Google Maps:
- Open the Android Google Maps app (Google is still working on an iOS version) and type in the area (destination, city, neighbourhood) you want to download in the search bar.
- When the area loads, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to get more information about the location, and press Download.
- Move the box on the next screen to area in which you want to navigate offline and press Download
You are now able to navigate within that specific area without a data connection. On top of that when your phone does get signal again, the maps will come back into online mode (unless you force it to stay offline).
This is a great feature that has been introduced and will mean that the days of burning through data on Google Maps are over, however you do want to make sure you have enough space on your phone to download the maps. Google said downloading most of Greater London would take up 380 megabytes on a device, while storing the San Francisco Bay area would require about 200MB.
This is a great leap forward, particularly for fans of google maps. The only downside would be, is if your phone doesn’t have much space on it, then you will need to be careful with how many maps you download.
What do you think of this new change? Would it make much of a difference to the way you use Google Maps?
Let us know in the comments below.