Google recently pushed out an updated version of Google Maps and with this update came the ability to download map data within 16km2 (10 miles2) whilst you have a sufficient data connection, so when you go out into the close-range wilderness you can access Google Maps without the need for 3G or Wi-Fi. Clever. The feature needs to be enabled in the ‘Labs’ menu of the new Google Maps (vers. 5.7.0) and you use it by long pressing on a location, selecting the bubble that appears then hitting the ‘Download map area’ option. Downloaded areas will be shown with a black boxed outline.

The map area downloaded only includes the default map view, so you’ll need data to view satellite view; load up 3D renders of buildings; search for places; and get directions. Since directions are left out, it’s best to know how to get to where you’re going beforehand ;). Hit the source link to download the new Google Maps if you haven’t already.

Source: Google Maps (v. 5.7.0).
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Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Someone’s Imperial units isn’t up to scartch ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t blame you kids!

10 square miles is 25.8 square kilometers, not 16.ย 

It’s square, remember? i.e., 2D not 1D.ย 

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Anonymous
9 years ago

wow, helps if I put in the squared unit, hey? ๐Ÿ˜›

Flame
9 years ago

It would be amazing if you could get directions to someplace and then download the map data for the route.

Josh
Josh
9 years ago

Well that’s pretty useless if there’s no directions. So you basically have a mini street directory in your phone. I guess it saves on data

pyko
Reply to  Josh
9 years ago

yeah, having directions would make it super awesome! though I think having a mini street directory can be quite useful – esp if you are walking. plus being pre-downloaded, i would imagine there would be close to no loading time ๐Ÿ™‚

Phillip Molly Malone
9 years ago

Have you also tried out the Latitude Check-ins sharing to G+? Very cool!ย