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.
, 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.
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