Full offline maps with navigation and more coming soon to Google Maps for iOS

By , Nov 10, 2015

Google Maps Update 2

Although Google Maps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in its current incarnation supports saving a limited area as an offline map (just type ‘OK Maps’ into the search field), the full offline functionality used to be an Android exclusive, but that’s about to change soon.

According to Google today, full offline maps in Google Maps are coming soon to the iOS edition of the software.

Before, you could simply view an area of the map in offline mode.

Soon, the offline mode will support turn-by-turn driving directions, searching for specific destinations, and finding useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings—all while without an Internet connection.

It works like this: you first search for a city, county or country and then hit the new Download on the resulting place sheet. Alternatively, you’ll tap on the Offline Areas option in the hamburger menu and hit the plus sign.

“Once downloaded, Google Maps will move into offline mode automatically when it recognizes you’re in a location with spotty service or no connectivity at all,” explains the company.

“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.”

Google will only download maps for offline use when you are on a Wi-Fi connection, but you will be able to optionally allow saving maps via cellular connections.

First previewed during Google I/O in May 2015, these improvements are now rolling with the latest version of Google Maps on Android and are “coming soon to iOS,” says the Internet giant.

“Over time, we’ll be introducing even more offline features to help you find your way—even when you can’t find a connection,” Google said.

Source: Google

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  • ready1take1

    How big will this make the app?

    • The app itself should be about the same size to download as it is right now. The size of the maps depend on which areas you download. For example, the entire UK takes about 600MB of space.

  • iByron

    It’s about time. No offline mode is the reason I can’t rely on Google Maps (or Apple Maps, or Waze, or Mapquest, etc.).

    • Morgan Freeman

      Co-Pilot has offline maps. There are others that do, as well. Just FYI.

  • iPhoneWINS

    Until apple maps gets a more powerful search and locate ability it will be inferior to google maps… Apple maps still can’t see half of the stuff that google maps can..

    my perfect set up is always search with google maps and navigate with tom-tom using the navigate from maps jailbreak tweak

  • Ios5wasthebest

    Just add offlline mode to waze. Waze finds everything just by the place name, no need to search for addresses! Everything I need is on Waze. Every time I search something on google maps, 2/3 of cases it fails to find – despite the fact that both are using google’s data!

  • Johnny T Dane

    What about Spain? Google maps is sort of the only choice since Apple maps is the worst map app I have ever used (at least here in Spain) why is “ok maps” still not working here with out you jailbreak your phone?

  • Manuel Molina

    Is it me or is this the best news for google maps users? I have T-Mobile and going out the city and using maps is like driving into the dead zone

  • Sweet. This’ll come in handy overseas and when I leave a major city (I’m a T-Mobile user).