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  • How to Use Google Maps 2.0's Offline Map Caching in iOS


    One of the fewer-known features of Google Maps 2.0, which was released just this Wednesday with several improvements, is the ability to manually cache maps for offline use later on. This gives you access to maps when you're not connected to the Internet, and can be useful in a pinch.

    To take advantage of the feature, you can type “Ok Maps” in the search bar at the top of the Google Maps application, and then tap on the Search button on the keyboard. After doing so, you will get the interface above that looks like the Google Maps icon. The icon will appear dim and slowly gain its color as the map is cached. When the bottom of the screen says, "The on-screen map area has been cached," you're good to go.

    You do need to make sure that you’re zoomed in far enough to use the feature. For example, if you try to pre-cache a map area as large as an entire state, the application will give you a hard time and say, “The on-screen map area is too large, zoom in first.” You should only map out a small portion of a city or neighborhoods that you know you’ll need access to.

    Citing CNET, the feature is borrowed from the Android version of the Google Maps application. The interesting part is that Google hardly made it known that the update included this feature; it wasn’t noted in the change logs and it wasn’t widely advertised in the iOS version. That being said, it was quite the inconspicuous change.

    Will you be taking advantage of the Google Maps caching feature?

    Sources: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Use Google Maps 2.0's Offline Map Caching in iOS started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. ForgottenHero's Avatar
      ForgottenHero -
      Hmm can't seem to find a way to delete the cache from inside the app.
    1. sean637's Avatar
      sean637 -
      This will be useful when I visit Yosemite National Park again. There's no reception there. What surprised me was that although there wasn't reception there, my brother was still able to use his maps on his galaxyS4 and I couldn't on my iphone5. Can someone explain this to me pls? We are both AT&T.
    1. linkincyde's Avatar
      linkincyde -
      Quote Originally Posted by ForgottenHero View Post
      Hmm can't seem to find a way to delete the cache from inside the app.
      Download iCleaner from cydia. It will delete all cache from your iPhone.
    1. xboxbml's Avatar
      xboxbml -
      Yeah..if ur JB...
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      You can always delete and reinstall the application to get rid of its caches.

      I've found this method useful for plenty of apps, including Spotify, which likes to cache every song you listen to.
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Quote Originally Posted by ForgottenHero View Post
      Hmm can't seem to find a way to delete the cache from inside the app.
      I'm guessing like most app cache's you just have to delete the whole app and install it again.

      Edit: Seems you guys beat me to it.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Blows. U can't delete it within the app.
    1. Albut's Avatar
      Albut -
      Thanks
    1. mavisxp's Avatar
      mavisxp -
      Doesn't work in Japan. "Map pre-loading is unavailable in this area."

      I would think that being able to cache places prior to a trip would be one of the main points of this function. I guess google doesn't expect anyone to visit Tokyo.
    1. greyhounds's Avatar
      greyhounds -
      Unfortunately, it doesn't work in Brazil. All it says is "map pre-loading is not available in this area."

      I wonder if Google decided that or if the Brazilian government decided it...or perhaps lack of telecom infeastructure decided it