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Tip: Map Downloads Also Added to Latest Google Maps Update for Offline Viewing

  

We had heard rumors back in early June that Google Maps could be receiving offline navigation support and now appears as if they at least slipped in a piece of it into the latest 5.7 update without a mention.  If you head into Labs (Menu>More>Labs) and select the “Download Map Area” option, you will be able to download maps to your phone to give you offline viewing when your phone is without data service.

Here is how to set it up:

Once you have marked the option in Labs, head back to your map, zoom out a little, and long press on an area that you could need a map for in the future.  Tap on the bubble that appears and then select “Download map area.”  Your phone will then download the map to your device for later use.

Lovely.  +1 Google Maps.

Cheers interstellarmind!

  • Phone

    “After 30 days, all downloaded map areas will be removed from your cache; they can be re-downloaded any time.”This kinda kills it

  • Phone

    “After 30 days, all downloaded map areas will be removed from your cache; they can be re-downloaded any time.”This kinda kills it

  • Davros

    I’ll be trying this out on the Current River in Missouri starting Monday since there is no service there :D

    • Davros

      Extremely dissapointed :( tried this on the river. The download worked at first but my DX couldnt locate me on the map. So whats up with DX’s gps? After I switched out batteries my downloaded maps weren’t there.

  • Bob Wright

    Good for travelling in other places. But do I need to somehow keep my downloaded maps updated?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7R2Q22GSPY7SE3WMIR5QBXJWE Roseann Chase

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, LiveCent.com

  • Anonymous

    Wow absolutely huge for me! Limited data plan and I only really travel within a  20 mile radius anyways

  • Anonymous

    Nice tip for downloading the Maps. But how do I use the downloaded map when no service is available?

  • Anonymous

    Nice tip for downloading the Maps. But how do I use the downloaded map when no service is available?

  • PyroHoltz

    This will be nice when off roading and using GPS.

  • Paulding

    Are these downloaded map areas stored on the sdcard?

  • eddieonofre

    its is possible to become google dependent??
    I mean we goot gmail, google reader, google maps, google places, google photos (picasa), google blog, google search, google driving directions, google voice, google browser (chrome), google phone, google tablet, google tv, google podcast (listen), google traslator, google goggles, google images, google docs, google videos (and youtube) men what it is that google doesn’t provides?

  • Billybob13

    this is great living is western MT

  • )v(urphy

    It is mentioned in the changelog when you first open the app after downloading it. You have to scroll down to see the mention.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7R2Q22GSPY7SE3WMIR5QBXJWE Roseann Chase

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, LiveCent.com

  • FortitudineVincimus

    okay, once you do that… then what? How do you get back to or use that cached and downloaded map? AND, what exactly can you do with it? Can you get directions or just scroll around it? What other info is downloaded with it – or is it just the basic map?

  • Anonymous

    Snarky Google, they didn’t mention anything about this lab feature! Has anyone tried to perform a place search in a downloaded map area – without data connection? Does it work at all? Because I doubt the map tiles actually have all the hundreds or thousands of businesses and adresses in it. If it works, then today is the day Garmin and TomTom start shaking in their boots.

    • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

      No go. Still trying to find a free offline nav app. So far I have found Navit which I cannot get to work. And Co-Piliot which is like 10 bucks but I haven’t tried it.

  • Whitl103

    Downloading map area within 10 mi of ‘Costa Mesa, CA’.

    This may take several minutes

    …5 seconds later 100%.

    Google Maps + Verizon 4G LTE = Boner poppage

    • http://steamcommunity.com/id/cypherx82 cypherx82

      I did the same thing for Manhattan and it took the same amount of time… on 3G. O_o

      • Whitl103

        That’s because Manhattan isn’t real.

  • Anonymous

    Well, looks like we know where to find @Kellex :)

    • Asdf

      HE’S BEEN DISCOVERED! lol

  • Anonymous

    The maximum amount of map squares you can download is 10.. really nice though

  • Anonymous

    So Epic… oh my goodness

  • LionStone

    Google be rocking it…again!

  • Crazydog

    Do these downloaded maps provide directions when you don’t have a data connection, or is it the same as the automatic caching, but manual?

    • planetes42

      Anyone know the answer to this?  My wife often works in areas with spotty coverage and this would be HUGE for her.

      • Tristan Escalada

        just tried it on my tablet, its hung on getting driving directions…

      • Jesse Anderson

        Tried it on my tablet without the wifi on and no data service, looks like a no go. Provides the maps but no directions.

    • planetes42

      Hmm…not looking promising.  I put my phone in Airplane mode & tried to get directions inside of a downloaded tile.  It’s still spinning on “getting driving directions”.  

      Too bad.

      • Fuyuasha

        So I concur that:
        – one 10 mi^2 map download is fast (< 10 secs on 3G)
        – I did same test as you plantes42 and had the same result – HOWEVER:
        – If I got nav directions first then went to Airplane mode everything kept working like a charm (when I reached my dest no pic but that's to be expected – it just gave me a revolving circle – fine!)

        Soooo … looks like maybe just a small bug about calculating the route – unless that's really done server-side/hard to push to the client :-/

    • Anonymous

      This is so important, so you all get likes from me.

      ALSO: does anyone know if routing is actually calculated on the phone or sent to Google servers. Cause if it is not done on the phone then we would never be able to calculate without a connection to the web.

      • Crazydog

        Routing is done on Google’s servers, but it’s not impossible for the phone to do it. My old iPhone 2G could route just fine with Navigon and no cell service.

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ max

    this might be good for tablets that are wifi only

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1373340065 Ming Wei Hsu

      Those tablets don’t have a GPS though…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

        Mine does (Asus Transformer)

      • Anonymous

        Mine does too (GT10.1)

      • Crazydog

        Mine does (Xoom)

      • Adam Hostetler

        All the Honeycomb tablets have GPS, thus far. (wifi and 3g ones both)

  • Jesse Anderson

    If you go to Menu>More>Cache Settings>Downloaded Map Areas it will give you a list of all of the areas you’ve downloaded the maps for. You can rename downloaded maps or delete them, as well.

    • Asdf

      Thank you for this, was a big question that I had.

  • http://profiles.google.com/akanealw neal wettstein

    you can also do more than 1 area. I tried up to 3 and there are 3 squares showing downloaded areas.

  • Anonymous

    Cached navigation has been available for a while… just not rerouting or much map coverage off of the predetermined route.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mpaa.hasta.love.me I Pirate Movies

    Good news for those on AT&T-Mobile or Sprint.  But Verizon’s network is so good I have a hard time finding a place without a data connection.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=56014992 Sambi Reddy

      I was under the same impression until last weekend, but last week when I was at Mariposa, CA where I was on extended network, i was not able to get the directions. And AT&T was able to get the directions on i*hone.

  • Anonymous

    When Google has an update my heart goes pitter patter

  • viewthis66

    good job Google.

  • Turtle553

    Hopefully this will allow the cached map to be used by different apps.  Then I could use my old phone as a golf GPS without keeping the 3G service.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    my whole life revolves around google.

    • Anonymous

      Mine too and I love it.

    • Anonymous

      Funny!!  I tell everyone if Google ever crashes I think the world would just stop dead in it’s tracks!!

  • Anonymous

    Theres a map for that

  • Anonymous

    Theres a map for that

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Nice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Gotta love Google services.