We have all faced the situation when we are let down by Google Maps when there is no internet connectivity. That hassle, will finally see an end. The Alphabet subsidiary has solved this problem by making Google Maps accessible even while offline.
Starting today, Google Maps will work offline by downloading an area in advance while online.
When you are in an area with no connectivity, Google Maps can be accessed offline and the saved map can be used to get driving directions, search for destinations and get information about different places. Earlier users were able to just view the map while in the offline mode, and were unable to use the features of Google Maps.
Google first provided a glimpse of the new update during Google I/O in May this year. Though this upgrade is a great news it comes with a few limitations. The satellite view is unavailable and also the walking or public transport-based routes.
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,
posted Google on its blog.
Users can download an area by clicking “Download” or going to “Offline Areas” under the menu and tapping on the “+” button. Google Maps will switch to an offline mode automatically when there is no internet connectivity. Google Maps will update the downloaded map once in 15 days to stay up dated. Google has been patiently developing this offline feature that has culminated with this new upgrade for over two years.
While accessing Google Maps in the offline mode users cannot check for reviews and photos posted by users about restaurants and other places. While this comes with a few limitations, the new upgrade to the offline mode is a good way to start with.
Over time, we’ll be introducing even more offline features to help you find your way—even when you can’t find a connection,