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Save Google Maps for Offline Use and Start Navigation Instantly

The Google Maps Android app has been significantly revamped recently and along with a new design comes an easy way of storing apps for offline use, as well as a simple way to start navigation. Read on to find out how the features work.

Save Google Maps for Offline Use

Available just for the Android version at the moment, the feature has been added in another update, after users had been complaining that the new Maps app made things complicated from this point of view. Google listened and now has made it much easier to save a map.

Go to the area you on the map that you want to save. Then when it’s showing on your tablet or smartphone screen, click the search bar. Delete the address or search term on it.

Google Maps Android main

Next scroll down and tap “Make this map area available offline.”

Google Maps Android delete address

The map will be cached to your Android device – you’ll see a confirmation once the process is complete.

Google Maps Android map saved for offline use

That’s it! Now that area of the map is stored on your device.

Quick-Start Navigation

The new Google Maps edition also includes a simple way of kicking off navigation. When you’re looking at the map of the area you want to get to, just long press the destination. A pin will appear on the map, as you can see in the image below, and now all you have to do is to tap start in the menu on the left side.

Quick start Google Maps navigation pin

The moment you do, Google Maps navigation will start and will guide you to your desired destination. I have to admit that it’s extremely easy.

These are just a couple of  cool features of the Google Maps app for Android, and I’m sure you’ll find some other interesting ones by playing around with it. Let us know in the comments.

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4 Responses to Save Google Maps for Offline Use and Start Navigation Instantly

  1. Paula Deemer August 8, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Wow this is great and so easy can’t wait for apple to have it

  2. Glen Mast August 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    I have version 6.14.4 and it doesn’t work like that.
    Android version is 4.0.4

  3. Les August 11, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    New version sucks. You can’t see how many and which areas have been saved offline. You have no way to selectively delete the ones you no longer need.

  4. Robert August 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Maps Site says it is for 4.0.3 users only and gives a web link for older versions that don’t include this feature.

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