Understanding that Internet access can be slow or not available in many parts of India, Google has made ‘Google Maps’ available in an offline mode in India. From today, Google Maps can help you find directions and get where you’re going, even when you don’t have an Internet connection with the launch of new offline functions in Google Maps.
One can download the map of an area of the world to the phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether you’re on a holiday in Goa or looking up for your next destination from an underground parking —Google Maps will continue to work. Once you have saved that area for offline access, you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, even when you don’t have an internet connection.
For example, before you head off, you can download maps of Delhi in Google Maps by searching for “Delhi”, and then tapping “Download”. You can also go to “Offline Areas” in the Google Maps menu and tap the “+” button. Once you’ve downloaded your map, Google Maps will still work even when you’re somewhere with spotty service or no connectivity at all. When a connection is found, it will switch back online so you can easily access the full version of Maps, including live traffic conditions for your current route. Google Maps will only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection.
Google first previewed these new capabilities during Google I/O in May, and started rolling out these features globally last week. Over time, Google said that it will be introducing even more offline features to help you find your way—even when you can’t find a connection.