There has been countless times when Google maps has proved to be an effective navigation system on my Android phone . I can definitely admit that using Google maps is very simple and it is by far the most accurate navigation maps available for Android phones .
The only downside of Google maps is that , it needs an fast internet or data connection to work smoothly and its a major data hog . While Google maps works like a breeze if you are using a 3G or 4G data connection , otherwise you may have to wait for a long time for maps to load on your Android phone .
Fortunately you don’t have to wait for maps to load in Google maps , you can rather save portions of maps in Google maps and view them later offline . This feature was actually a part of the Google maps app for Android phones , but in the latest Google maps update this feature was removed from the app . But there is still a workaround that will let you save portions of Google maps on your android phone .
Its kind of a hacky trick but it works on most Android phones . Unfortunately it has a limitation on the map size that can be stored on your android phone , which is around 100MB for a single map . Follow the instructions below to save Google maps on your android phone for offline viewing or access .
Instructions to save Google maps for Offline viewing
- Step 1: Install the Google maps app from the Google play store and open it .
- Step 2: In Google maps , search for the area you want to save for offline use . Note: As i already said , Offline maps have a storage limitation of 100 MB , so you need to zoom into some maps so that they can be accommodated under the 100MB map cache limit .
- Step 3: Click on the Search icon and type in “Ok maps” or “Okay maps” ( whichever works for you ) and again click on the search icon .
- Step 4: Google maps should now display “ The on-screen map area has been cached” message and the portion of the map open in Google maps would be saved for offline viewing .
This simple workaround even works on the iOS version of Google maps too .