Among the many awesome features which Google Maps boasts of is offline maps which allows you to access its functions even without an Internet connection. While such a trait has been available for quite some time now, it was recently enhanced in a big way by the company for certain markets.
It’s this fresh version of offline maps that has just landed in India, allowing residents to make the most of it during crunch situations when the network is either dodgy or not available at all. Only Google Maps on Android has received it for now though, but the iOS version too will be getting it soon.
It allows you to predetermine the exact area which you wish to gain offline access to in Maps. Once you’ve done that you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations and find useful information about places from within your chosen patch even when you don’t have an internet connection.
If you’ve updated the app already, let us take you through the steps you need to follow in order to take advantage of offline maps. Once inside the app, you can type the name of any destination in the search bar, select it and tap Download. If you don’t get that option, tap on the three dots and this is where you’ll definitely get the ‘Download offline area’ option.
As the image above shows, you can now select the exact portion of the map which you want to access when offline. Since the size of the downloaded area could be very large, it will be grabbed by your phone only when on a Wi-Fi connection. An option to switch to data exists, though it’s not recommended.