Google Maps begins rolling out offline navigation to iOS users

By , Dec 15, 2015

Google Maps 4.13 for iOS gas prices iPhone screenshot 001

As part of yesterday’s update to Google’s Maps app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, offline navigation is now rolling out to users. Though conspicuously absent from changelog that accompanies the download, the crucial new feature was later confirmed by Google to VentureBeat.

I couldn’t get it to work in my area so my guess is that offline navigation in Google Maps is a staggered rollout and probably supported in select markets only.

Google has confirmed to VentureBeat that offline maps have begun rolling out to Google Maps users on iOS. According to a Google spokesperson, you’ll soon be able to download an area of the world to your phone “and the next time there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly.”

With offline navigation, you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations and find useful information about businesses without an Internet connection.

Before today, Google Maps users on iOS could only view an area of the map offline by typing ‘OK Maps’ into the search field, which prompts the app to download select portions of the map to your device.

Again, the app’s changelog only mentions two new features: petrol prices for gas stations in the United States and Canada and business hours for millions of points of interest.

Availability

Google Maps requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later.

The app is localized in English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Google Maps includes an Apple Watch with navigation, recent routes and other features on your wrist.

You can download Google Maps at no charge in the App Store.

Source: VentureBeat

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  • Chris Wagers

    Now I might use google maps again. Happy to hear they made this feature available.

  • NolesFan

    I don’t see an option for offline maps either. Would it be under the settings to download the maps?

    • David Fabian

      Search for a city, then tap on the card at the bottom, then tap the upper right “…” menu where you’ll see the option to “download offline map” (whenever Google gets around to enabling the feature for you).

      • NolesFan

        Thanks! I don’t see the option yet but I’ll know where to look now.

    • Chris Wagers

      -In the google maps app click the 3 horizontal lines at the top left
      -next click tips and tricks towards the bottom of the menu
      – you’ll see this and more…
      Popular tip: use Google Maps offline
      Get driving directions to use later, when you’re not on the Internet:

      Open the Google Maps app maps.
      Make sure you’re connected to the Internet and signed in to Google Maps.
      Search for a place, like San Francisco.
      At the bottom, touch the bar that has the name of the place you searched.
      Select Download.
      The next time you’re offline, you’ll be able to search for places you’ve saved, see them on the map, and get driving directions.

      • Mia

        Nope, still does not show up and its 2016 yet there are threads about a fix been rolled out, back to apple maps…

  • VITICO

    Hope i get this feature by thursday afternoon!… lets go google!!..

  • Seems like you have to be connected to your Google account in order to download the maps.

  • Jack Wong

    It is great when you travel and vacation~

  • Mario Falzon

    A week ago, I could use the google app on my ipad without any problems. A couple of days ago however, my saved maps disappeared and I simply couldn’t use the app to download and save offline maps. When I click on the bottom of a map (where the name of the location appears), the 3 vertical dot icon on the right side of the screen appears as usual. But on clicking this, the only option is “Add label”. Download/save the map offline IS NOT an available option. Can somebody kindly explain what’s happening and give me a clue what I have to do to have offline maps again. I am desperate about having google offline maps as soon as possible.

    • VITICO

      I have the same issue.. it just means google hasn’t rolled it out to us yet.. just gotta wait a few days more.. hopefully..