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Travel tip: How to access offline Google Maps on iOS

July 19, 2013

We always recommend getting lost in a city or town rather than using maps, which is another reason to talk to locals asking for directions or for that amazing restaurant. But if you’re searching for something specific, then maps help. Most travelers don’t have data connectivity while on the road in international destinations and sometimes wi-fi is not an option. There are some smartphone apps like PocketGuide that allow you to view offline maps, but nothing beats Google Maps.

With the 2.0 version, Google Maps have a hidden feature that allows you to save the maps in offline mode. Similar to the Android version, just type in the phrase ‘ok maps’ into the search bar and search for it. Google Maps will automatically download all the map data that’s currently on the screen of your phone.

But WAIT! Before you do that, make sure to zoom-in or out to the city/town/area/country you want to cache before you type in ‘ok maps’ in the search bar. Once you search for it, you’ll see a Google Maps icon come up saying it’s pre-loading the map. That’s it!

Google Maps Offline

Another way of caching the maps is to zoom-in and out and move your map around on the screen when you do have a data or wi-fi connection. This also caches the map and makes it available for offline viewing. Just don’t kill the app, because re-launching it will clear the cache and load a fresh version.



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