Google Maps Adds Offline Availability

Today, one of the major challenges in Maps is inconsistency and delay when you have a slow or no Internet. Here is a good news. Google Maps team just announced the availability of its offline maps. Once downloaded, the maps will still work if you lose your Internet connection.

The news was announced by Amanda Bishop, Product Manager, Google Maps via a blog post.

From the blog:

“..Google Maps is taking steps to help people across the globe find directions and get where they’re going, even when they don’t have an Internet connection.”

“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. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.”

Google Maps offline feature allows you to search an area using a city, country or country and tap “Download” on the results page. Google Maps will automatically switch to the offline mode when it recognizes you do not have good Internet connectivity. Google Maps offline features comes with a price. The offline maps will be downloaded to your device and will take some space on your device depending on the area