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How to Cache Maps for Offline Use in Google Maps 2.0 for iOS

How to Cache Maps for Offline Use in Google Maps 2.0 for iOS

As you’ve no doubt heard already, Google recently launched a major update to Google Apps for iOS – and one of the biggest new features was the ability to save maps for offline use at a later time. This is great for saving on data usage when you’re on the go. So, how do you use the new offline navigation feature? No worries – it’s easy! We’ll show you how it’s done!

Maps Caching

Caching a map for offline use at a later time is simple – just follow these steps!

  • Launch Google Maps, and pull up the area you want to cache for offline use.
  • Type “ok maps” into the app’s search field, and tap the ‘Search’ button (or hit enter). The screen will now display a message stating that it is pre-loading the map.
  • In a matter of moments, the app will display a notification at the bottom of the screen informing you that the on-screen area has been cached.

That’s really all there is to it – we hope you find this useful, and wish you happy travels now and always. Enjoy!

Update: Since I’ve gotten several questions asking how one can delete the cashed data once they’re finished with it to save device space, I took a dive through the app and found the answer in a setting buried deep within the app’s menu. To clear cached data, just open the app, then head to Settings > About, Terms & Privacy > Terms & Privacy , and click on “Clear application data.” There you go!

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