How To: Save data using Google Maps

Data is not cheap in South Africa. There‘s as special place for your worries when you‘re low on data and you‘ve been invited out to a venue you‘ve never been to before. Google Maps with its voice prompts and navigation can deplete quite a bit of data, not to mention your phone‘s battery. I wouldn‘t be amiss to believe that some of us have had to choose between getting to the end of our journey and being able to use WhatsApp; when you do eventually get there.
As extreme as this may sound, it‘s happened to me a few times. Google have recently made a major changes to their popular app Google Maps. The update now means that Google Maps can work offline, helping to solve this data and battery issue but most likely designed for moments where you are out of reach of a cellular tower. In order to do this you will need to save your destination locations to the Maps app before your journey begins, turn off your data and then access the offline. You can access your offline maps in the “Your places” section of the app.

  • After verifying you have the latest version, launch Google Maps on your respective device and search for the area you’d like to save for offline access.
  • Google Maps will then show the area you search for, with the name being displayed along the bottom of the screen. Tap on the name.
  • Next, tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of your screen.
  • Select Save offline map.

There are some limitations to the functionality of the offline maps, mostly regarding the size of the location you‘re looking for. Also, you don’t have the ability to conduct a search within the offline map file. The maps you download will be stored for 30 days and after this they are automatically deleted, so don’t assume they will last forever. You can delete these Maps earlier if you find yourself running out of space. By clearing the data of the Maps app, you will wipe out all the saved maps.
When times are tough technology is there to help. From Google‘s Now service which tells you just about how long it will take you to get home every day based on traffic to ensuring that you can get to your destinations safe and on time without any worries, is what technology is there for. Your journey just got a little less of a worry leading up to holiday season.