Google working to create more obvious offline maps in Google Maps


Google heard your complaints loud and clear; an update is on the horizon which will address outcry from Google Maps users.

You know how Google removed the easy offline maps feature in the new Google Maps experience? Yes, we know it’s still there (OK Maps) but it’s nowhere near as obvious as before. Well, Google has heard the voices of those unhappy with the change and are working to make things right… and fast.

That’s why our engineering team has been working around the clock to add a “Make this map area available offline” card below the search box for easier access.

Also, Google is making it a bit more clear as to what happened with Latitude and where you can find your friends.  Look for the update (to this week’s update) to roll out starting on Thursday, July 11.

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  • Todd Martineau

    I certainly didn’t appreciate Google removing the offline maps function. But I feel that their little repair isn’t really much of an improvement.

    What I really want is for them to allow Google Navigation to work offline. When I want to use my phone’s gps function it is super irritating to have to use data to get directions within a map I have already stored offline. If the map data is there why can’t my phone figure out the navigation (like any old gps has been able to do for a LONG time!)

    I was recently on a trip in the Adirondacks where I really needed turn by turn directions. I had already downloaded the maps. With my data turned on I requested the directions so I could start my trip. Since the Verizon signal was ridiculously weak it could not download the needed directions.

    I took a guess as to which direction to drive in and later when my cell connection got stronger the directions finally downloaded. Boo Google. Boo.

  • kbind

    I am in the middle of a 3 week europe trip and had all my offline maps saved. Google just ruined all my planning. Come on folks. Seriously? Never said google sucks before.