Last Tuesday, Google unveiled a host of new features for its Maps app.  Bringing the update to version 8.0, the biggest features include transit travel times with walking time included, lane guidance in turn-by-turn navigation, and the ability to save maps offline.

Today we’ll be discussing about how to save those maps offline, so when you’re in an area with no data connection, you won’t be left in the dark.  In previous versions of Google Maps, there was some offline map caching, but it wasn’t as friendly as it has now become.

Well lets dive in and start navigating!

1. Open Google Maps and navigate/zoom into what part of the map you would like to save.

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2. Now just tap on the search bar, scroll down and tap “Save map to use offline.”

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3. You will then be prompted to adjust the size of the map by pinching or zooming.  When you’re done just tap, save.

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4. You will then be prompted to name your offline map. After you have named it, just tap the little person shaped icon at the top and to the right of the search bar.  Scroll down to the bottom and select your newly saved offline map.

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5.  Now you can also click on “View all and manage” where you can rename, update, or delete the saved map all together.

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Saving your maps is a great way to help navigate around when you don’t have any data.  Imagine you’re on a trip to Rome and you don’t have mobile data except for the Wi-Fi in the hotel.  What to do? Well just save the whole city of Rome and walk around using your phone’s GPS to guide your way!

The only downfall is if your driving down the interstate and you have no service, you lose the ability of turn-by-turn navigation, but at least you still have your base map functionality.

Let us know if you plan on using this new feature from Google on your trips abroad or if you plan on hiking in the middle of nowhere!

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