Google Maps for iOS to gain offline navigation and search soon

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 10 Nov 2015

image Google Maps iOS icon

Google today announced that it is reintroducing offline search and navigation to Google Maps. With the map of a country, city or county downloaded, you can get navigation directions for that map even when you don’t have access to a data network.

Google had first previewed offline navigation feature in Google Maps back at Google I/O in May this year.

While Google has previously allowed downloading of maps, it could only be used for offline viewing, with everything requiring access to a data network.

Google Maps offline

You can download an area by searching for a city, county or country, for instance, and tapping “Download” on the resulting place sheet, or by going to “Offline Areas” in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button. 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. 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.

The feature is only being rolled out to Android devices for now. Google, however, promises that an update for Google Maps for iOS is coming soon. Additionally, it notes that it plans to bring more offline features to Google Maps down the line.

Considering that Google Maps competitors have had offline navigation and search feature for a long time, it is nice to see Google finally introducing this feature in Google Maps.

[Via Google]