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Google Map’s Offline Mode Will Save Your Cellular Data Abroad

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection represents the use of a considerable amount of data. Some will turn to traditional GPS that asks us to download the latest maps at a rather high cost.

How about using your cell the same way you would use these now obsolete GPS? That is to say, download road maps beforehand on a Wi-Fi connection and then surf while keeping your cellphone on airplane mode for free.

Did you know that Google offers a feature that downloads entire regions of maps over a Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to complete your trip without having to connect to a cellular network?

The latest Google update provides a seamless, uninterrupted experience even when traveling in a low GPS reception area. Step-by-step navigation, location searches, and facility information can all be accessed without a data connection.

Here’s how to download your Google Maps for offline use in 2 easy steps:

Step 1

Open Google Maps and find the location you want to save. Tap the Google marker for more options and select Download. Choose the size of the region you want to save and press Download one last time.

Step 2
Start the navigation process as you normally would – the only feature you will miss is real-time traffic status and updates.

To view and manage saved regions, tap the menu button at the top left in Google Maps and scroll down the offline areas.

Recently, Google has added offline navigation support for walking, cycling and public transit.

Have a good trip, campers!

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