A step by step tutorial !
1. HOW TO STORE YOUR MAPS IN ORDER TO VIEW THEM IN OFFLINE MODE ON GOOGLE MAPS FOR IPHONE AND IPAD ?
In case you are using Google Maps to get directions towards certain geographical points straight from your iPhone or iPad, you have undoubtedly reached a no service area at least once which made it difficult for you to get to your destination.
In the 2.0 version of Google Maps app which was launched a couple of days ago, the Mountain View Company now gives you the possibility to store your maps for offline usage in case you lose internet connection or for those of you who do not know the way to your destination.
Unfortunately, Google developers didn’t make map storing an obvious feature in the app menu, making its access a bit difficult, but we will show you the steps below.
First of all, you need to know that to store the maps you need the 2.0 version of the Google Maps app that you have to download from AppStore.
After download open your recently installed app.
On the map, look for the area that you want to store to use in offline mode, either by zooming out or zooming in on the desired area, or by entering the exact address.
In both cases you have to make sure that the map displayed on the screen is zoomed in enough to have the area that you want to save/store and be useful when using it in offline mode.
After you have focused enough on the area you will need on the map, enter the words: OK Maps in the search bar on the upper right of the screen, and press the Search button on the lower right part of the virtual keyboard.
Now you will see on the screen of your device a page which displays the icon of the Google Maps app which will indicate the progress made by the app in saving your map of choice.
On the bottom part of your device screen there will be a message which confirms that the area you have selected has been saved and is ready to be used in offline mode.
2. HOW TO ACCESS AND USE IN OFFLINE MODE A STORED GOOGLE MAP ON YOUR IPHONE?
Oh well, Google doesn’t give us any option for this, the user having to memorize by heart the area we have saved, and when in offline mode we have to go to that area and zoom in on it.
The difference between a stored area and one that hasn’t been stored is that the stored map will allow us to zoom in and see have a high quality view of all the streets of that location, as if we would have internet connection, something we cannot do if the map isn’t stored and we find ourselves in offline mode.
According to our tests, a single archiving could be extended to an area such as the northern of the Italy seaside or a city such as Milano, and when in offline mode, we saw no difference between the 2D map without having an internet connection and the one displayed with internet connection.
This feature is very useful for those who travel in other cities of the world, as well as for those who want to use an iPad Wi-Fi only or iPod touch to guide themselves on the map.
3. HOW TO DELETE THE OFFLINE GOOGLE MAPS FROM YOUR IPHONE AND/OR IPAD?
Of course, archiving maps is an extremely useful and convenient feature for most of us, but unfortunately it takes a lot of storage space especially for those who have archived several dozens of maps of cities.
Open the Google Maps app from the start screen of your iPhone or iPad, then press the User button on the right part of the Search bar, then the Settings button (represented by a cogwheel) on the upper right part of the screen.
Scroll down to the bottom of the list and tap on Information, Terms, Privacy then tap on Terms and conditions, and then on the Delete app data button on the lower part of the screen.
Then you have to confirm that you want to delete the local data of your app, including those from the buffer memory and reset cookies. Press OK to confirm deletion.
That’s all friends !