Google Maps for iOS now supports offline navigation

Google Maps for iOS now supports offline navigation

Google today released an updated Maps app for iOS. The updated Google Maps brings offline navigation support to all the compatible iOS devices.

Similar to what it already has on its Android counterpart, the updated Google Maps for iOS allows you to download offline maps directly on your iPhone or iPad. These maps can later be used to offer navigation if you’re not connected to a data connection or a Wi-Fi network. This simply means that you can get turn-by-turn navigation at any time and at any location.

In addition to offline navigation support, the downloaded maps can be used to let you search for specific destinations in a particular city as well as to find information about places, such as hour of operation, contact information or ratings, even when you don’t have an active data or Wi-Fi connection on your iOS device. Downloaded maps will automatically expire after a month to let you save your local storage for keeping some other stuff.

Google Maps for iOS with offline navigation

Google Maps for iOS now with offline navigation

You can download offline maps through the updated Google Maps for iOS by tapping ‘Download’ button on the resulting place sheet. Alternatively, maps can be downloaded for offline use by going to ‘Offline Areas’ in the Google Maps menu.

Although downloaded maps provide offline navigation, they cannot give you a full version of Google Maps app. Features like live traffic conditions on a particular route will only available if you are connected to either data or Wi-Fi connection. Nevertheless, the feature saves your data consumption to an extent as you can store maps locally for all the places where you visit more often.

The updated Google Maps for iOS additionally lets you see popular times at several places across the globe. It also comes with up-to-date gas prices for the US and Canadian users, and has some bug fixes.

You can download the updated Google Maps app on your iOS device by visiting Apple App Store. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running on at least iOS 7.0 and is 47.4MB in size.

The offline navigation support is yet to be rolled out in India. However, as reported by The Verge, it already reached to some developed markets.

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