Navigation in Google Maps is now available offline

Google has announced the possibility today to download the necessary part of the map on your smartphone and use it when the Internet does not be wherever the user was on a back road far from civilization or in the underground Parking of the shopping center. Now offline users can view detailed maps, full route guidance, search for addresses and other useful information such as hours of operation of organizations, their ratings, and contacts.

To use the new feature, you must enter the necessary address, the name of the district, city or region into the search bar on Google Maps and then select "Download". Another option is to go to the main Maps menu, select the "Downloaded area" and click on the "+"icon.

If the device has maps downloaded, the service will automatically switch to offline mode when the user requires. Once you have a connection again becomes stable, the system will load the relevant data including information on traffic congestion, and will take into account the forecast traffic on the route. By default, the function of downloading maps only works when connected to Wi-Fi, which saves the user the cost of mobile communications.

Over time, the developers plan to introduce more offline functions.

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