Monday, February 17, 2014

Saving a Google Map to Access when You are Offline

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If, like me, you've ever been in a situation where you need a Google Map that you've accessed before, but have no Internet connection to get it again, this is  great little trick to know.
I've had those rare occasions where I *need* a Google Map & I either don't have Wifi or a cell signal or something.  Basically I need the map, but as fate would have it, there is no way for me to connect and get it.
Next time this happens, try this:
Get the area of the map you need.  This may entail zooming or some other type of maneuvering, but basically get what you need to see.  Once you've done this, simply go to the search bar area of the Google Maps app and type in OK Maps
That's all there is to it.  You should then get an indication that the map is downloading.  You should then receive a message that tells you the on-screen map is in your cache.
After you've done that part, the next time you open Google Maps, you should be able to access the map as well as browse it.  Pretty cool huh?
I still remember a trip a couple of years back.  I was going to visit an office in Alabama to help them with some technology stuff.  The Hertz folks didn't have a car with GPS and as I was driving (using my  phone for mapping) I suddenly went into a black hole of no cell coverage.  I was stuck there for about 45 minutes.  I was lucky in that when the signal came back, I hadn't missed any turns & was mildly close to my destination, but it could've really been bad.
Suffice it to say I'll be using the above little trick a lot in the future.  For all the info on this, check out the great article by Pranav Dixit on Wired.  

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