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

Posted in How To, iOS on 23/07/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler


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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  • gtreading

    now it’s cached, how do you retrieve it…?

    • You just use it. As long as you’re in the target area, the map data is pre-loaded.

  • Puttapong Tapaonoi

    Is it going to take my storage permanently? or it going to be deleted after I online again or in a matter of time.

  • mememe

    would be nice to specify more… like a roadtrip across the desert. I could not get my whole city into the map…

  • N. B.

    How do you subsequently delete the cached map data when you’re done using it and/or need to free up memory?


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.