Google Maps is a very popular and useful web application that gives street views, satellite imagery, locations of business and locations. It also offers available routes to reach certain destinations as well as real-time traffic information to ensure the user gets to their desired destination in no time.
Internet connection is relevant in making the most of Google Maps. However, if you do not have fast internet connectivity or if it is not available, it is still possible to use this navigation app. This is because this app also allows users to download maps for some areas and locations on a mobile device that can be accessed even if you are not connected to the internet. By downloading the maps while you are still connected to the internet, you can readily access it even if you are offline.
While Google Maps is still accessible offline, you cannot enjoy all the features as you would while connected to the internet. These limitations include real-time traffic information as well as traveling modes such as bicycling, walking and transit
But with the updates rolled out on Google Maps, users can now search for places and get turn-by-turn driving directions. It is now also possible to view, edit and delete your travel history from your Timeline. You can do this by clicking on the Menu button and selecting the “Offline areas” option.
How to Store Offline Areas on an SD Card
You can also download and store the offline areas on external memory like an SD card. With a configured SD card on your device, open Google Maps. Next, at the top left of the screen, go to Menu and Offline areas. Select Settings and then select Device > SD card under “Storage preferences” After you have downloaded an area, you can now use the app to get directions, use navigation and search for locations.
Downloading areas and navigating offline can be done using an Android or iOS. Simply follow the instructions and ensure that you are connected to the internet when you save the areas you want to access offline. You can also download the latest Google Maps update and enjoy new navigation features.