This morning was Google’s Map event and they have left us with a bit of news that has been shown off several times and is coming out of beta/labs – Offline Mode for Google Maps.  So what exactly is offline mode? basically its the ability to save maps onto your phone and then being able to use them when navigating without the need of downloading the map data every time using the maps feature.

As of now there is no release date of when this will become official but if you want to try out the lab version just follow the following steps: head into Google Maps>Settings>Labs and check the box for “Pre-cache map area.” Then from the map view, long press in the middle, tap on the bubble of the location it finds, and then choose “Pre-cache map area.” You will then download the area of the map that you have in view.

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Justin Duino

Justin Duino

(Founder | Editor-in-Chief) - I am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno getting my degree in Computer Science.I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant people in the technology industry and plan to continue so for the rest of my life.I am currently using a Nexus 5, a Nexus 7 (2013), and a Nexus 10. Additionally, I am one of the first Glass Explorers with Google Glass and loving it!
Justin Duino