How to Download and Use Google Maps for Android, iOS Without Internet



Lost in Nowhereland with no Internet connection as far as you can see? As always, Google Maps can help you find your way back, as long as you have an iOS or an Android device, even if you are offline. Google recently added a feature to Google Maps, which lets you save maps to your phone.
Yes, you can now check maps even when there is no Internet connection. The downside is that you will not have access to route information, addresses, navigation, traffic, and a host of other data that require an Internet connection. However, having map data for reference might just save you a lot of time. Here’s how to use this nifty feature on iOS and Android. The steps are identical for both platforms.

What you need to use this feature

You’re going to need an Android or iOS device. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available on other platforms. Google Maps version 3, which was released last week on iOS, added support for offline maps. Android users, be sure to update to Google Maps version 8 before following the steps listed below.

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How to use Google Maps offline mode on iOS, Android

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When Google revamped the look of Google Maps for iOS and Android, users were upset about the lack of traditional features. Some users were so upset, the option of reverting to a much older versionof the app was the answer.

With Google’s announcement today, Google Maps is finally starting to gain some of the beloved features that were once left out. One such feature is proper Offline Mode. While there was a method for caching offline maps in prior versions of Google Maps, it was less than intuitive.

The new version streamlines the process of not only saving a section for offline use, but for accessing said sections later when you’re without a connection.

The process is identical on both iOS and Android.

  • First, you’ll need to install the update. The iOS version is now at 3.0, while Android is at 8.0. Android users who aren’t seeing the update right away should keep checking back. Google likes to slowly release Android updates.

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The best GPS app and navigation app options for Android

best GPS app and navigation app options for Android
When we think navigation app, we typically think Google Maps. It’s the one most people recommend and it happens to be the navigation app that gets updated the most often. Google has been really on top of navigation especially over the last couple of years. However, if you’re not too keen on Google Maps or you want navigation done a different way, you have a remarkable number of options. In this list, we’ll check those out.

best GPS app and navigation app options for AndroidBackCountry Navigator GPS Pro

[Price: $9.99]
BackCountry Navigator is first on our list and if you’re a camper or hiker it’s one you should look at it. We looked at it briefly on our indie apps of the daysegment and liked what we saw. It’s pretty expensive but what you get is a number of offline topographical maps that is perfect for those places where there is no data service to download them as you need them like you need to for apps like Google Maps. There are a few fun features like marking the map and maps from multiple countries. It’s expensive but there is a trial version you can try first.

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Google Maps for Android and iOS now alerts you when a faster route becomes available

Google has updated Google Maps for Android and iOS to alert you when a faster route becomes available. In other words, if you’re stuck in a traffic jam, Google Maps will let you know exactly when it makes sense to take that detour:

Navigation with Dynamic Rerouting  Google Maps for Android and iOS now alerts you when a faster route becomes available

You can download the new version now for iOS from Apple’s App Store. There’s no need to update the Android app, just turn on navigation and you should be good to go.

Image Credit: calsidyrose/Flickr

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Five things you should know how to do in the new Google Maps on Android

Google MapsAfter promising that Maps would receive a face lift and some new features at Google I/O, the app is finally delivering the goods. Google Maps v7.0.0 tidies up the interface and brings some shortcuts for the features you use the most. The new version is rolling out via Google Play to Android devices running 4.0.3 and higher (with an iOS coming sometime in the future). If you haven’t received an update yet, sit tight. You do have the option of downloading it from a third-party file hosting service, but this is not recommended. Now, let’s get into the five things you should know how to do in the new Google Maps on Android:

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Google Maps for Android navigation features now available in 19+ more countries worldwide

Google MapsFollowing a major update to Google Maps that includes check-in capabilities and live traffic information, Google has expanded the availability of the navigation functionality in the app to 19 new countries.

According to Android Police, Google has confirmed that full support for Google Navigation, including voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation and transit directions, will now be available for Android in the following places.

  • Africa: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda
  • Latin America: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
  • Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand
  • Europe: Slovenia
  • Middle East: Oman

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Google Maps is looking out for your safety with public alerts

Google MapsGoogle started adding public alerts to Google Maps in January of 2012, but most of us have never seen them. Besides severe weather alerts from the US National Weather service, maps also has the ability to give safety warnings from the following:

  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
  • AMBER alerts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Nixle
  • Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
  • Environment Canada

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How to enable Google Maps for Offline Use

Internet connections fail. Mobile networks get congested. But you don’t want that to happen when you’re relying on GPS navigation for directions. Go into Maps on your phone, hit the menu button, and select “Make available offline.” Pinch or zoom to select the map area you want to download, then press “Done.” You should store a map for where you live, and store some more before you travel. Even if you don’t have a data connection, you’ll be able to see your GPS location marker in Google Maps, so this trick is especially helpful for navigating a foreign country without a data plan.

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