Here is a nifty trick with Google Maps that enables you to use the app offline. This can save you plenty of mobile internet data (especially if abroad!) and can also assist in an emergency situation if lost and unable to receive data coverage.
Google enabled an offline mode earlier this year following in the footstep of Microsoft who enables the same feature on their Here Maps.
So how does it work? Here is a step by step guide on how to operate Google Maps offline.
Step 1: Open Google Maps and search for the desired location, for example, Tower Bridge, London.
Step 2: Open up the bottom info bar by scrolling your finger from the bottom of the screen upwards.
Step 3: With the info bar open, scroll down until you find the “Save map to use offline” option and press it. You will then be prompted again to save the map, once done so simply click the save option at the bottom of the screen.
Step 4: The app will then ask you to name the map you’re saving, do so and then click ‘Save’. The Map will then be saved in to your Google account within Maps. A confirmation will read “Map Saved”.
Step 5: Done! You will then be able to access the map in your profile within Google Maps, when offline from your profile and map your route with out using a single KB of data.
Saving maps can certainly be useful if you find yourself lost without signal. If you’re going somewhere remote whether it be for holiday or leisure, saving a map of the area is worth doing in case of emergencies and prove useful in general. For a long car journey, not only will you save on data but you can also put the phone in to aeroplane mode and save on battery!