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Offline Google Maps directions in iOS 8

Just bought a car and was thinking I could use my iPhone with Google Maps for directions.
Only thing is, I only get 500MB per month! Do directions use up a lot of data?
If so, can you store offline directions on Google Maps?

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  Oct. 1, 2014 at 08:28

Yes, directions use a lot of data. They are automatically cached on the phone every time you request them, so you don't need to have data coverage to get to your destination. However, every time you perform another search old data is discarded and downloaded again.
You can store Google Maps for browsing, but not directions. If you always take same route maps will be cached, but actual turn by turn directions and navigation will be downloaded every time you use them.

You need about 500MB just for navigation. I've managed to burn 250MB on Google Maps over 1 week vacation in Europe.

You might be better off buying a Navigation App for iPhone as all of them cache maps over WiFi and only use data for traffic info.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 30, 2014 at 19:50

I don't know. But I pin this to the frontpage where more people will notice ;)
Also: what lousy network gives you 500MB? It's worse than what Irish networks pull off o_O
But my guess: it uses quite a bit of data. There are 3rd party nav apps that let you download maps for offline use. Not sure how cost efficient that'd be for you.
A cheap Lumia as a 2nd phone might be an alternative option. Nokia's offline maps are 2nd to none. More frequently updated than Google's or Apple's, too.

equ7  Sep. 30, 2014 at 22:12

On Android the maps offline download resently reapeared. I drove 300 miles and routed around 2 traffic jams for the use of 2.8mb. As google maps used live traffic data it is better than any other satnav I have used (with the possible exception of Nokia maps that also is very good and a old Nokia such as a 5800 or N8 can be picked up quite cheaply on a certain internet auction site...)

equ7  Sep. 30, 2014 at 22:18

Just searched to check Nokia maps is still supporting the older handsets and ran into a strong rumer Nokia maps is coming to IOS and Android. If true its good news for everyone except Microsoft.....

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 1, 2014 at 08:28

Yes, directions use a lot of data. They are automatically cached on the phone every time you request them, so you don't need to have data coverage to get to your destination. However, every time you perform another search old data is discarded and downloaded again.
You can store Google Maps for browsing, but not directions. If you always take same route maps will be cached, but actual turn by turn directions and navigation will be downloaded every time you use them.

You need about 500MB just for navigation. I've managed to burn 250MB on Google Maps over 1 week vacation in Europe.

You might be better off buying a Navigation App for iPhone as all of them cache maps over WiFi and only use data for traffic info.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 1, 2014 at 13:30

On Android the maps offline download resently reapeared. I drove 300 miles and routed around 2 traffic jams for the use of 2.8mb. As google maps used live traffic data it is better than any other satnav I have used (with the possible exception of Nokia maps that also is very good and a old Nokia such as a 5800 or N8 can be picked up quite cheaply on a certain internet auction site...)

You can get a Lumia 520 for... pffft ... next to zilch.

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