Google Maps Now Available in Offline Mode
Users of Google Maps can now explore an area or get turn-by-turn directions even if there is no Internet connection, Google says.Using a mobile application in an area where Internet connectivity is spotty or doesn't exist at all can be a frustrating experience, especially if you are using the app to explore a new place or get directions to a specific location. Google today announced a new offline capability for Google Maps that it says helps address that problem. Starting today, Maps users will be able to download any area of the world to their mobile phone and get turn-by-turn directions to wherever they want to go, even if there's no Internet connection. Until now, Google Maps only gave users the ability to merely view an area of a map in offline mode. With today's announcement, they now have the ability to conduct searches for specific locations and get information such as business hours and customer ratings even when they are completely offline, Google Product Manager Amanda Bishop wrote in Google's official blog. Users can search for and download beforehand a map for any area they want by searching for the place by country, county or city. The downloaded map is designed to automatically go into offline mode when Google Maps detects that the user is in an area with little or no Internet connectivity, Bishop said.
"When a connection is found, it will switch back online so you can easily access the full version of Maps, including live traffic conditions for your current route," she said. To help users avoid large data fees, maps for local areas are designed by default to download onto a user's device only when a WiFi network is available, Bishop added.