How to download areas for offline mode in the new Google Maps 8

How to download areas for offline mode in the new Google Maps 8
Google Maps for Android has many strengths, but using its virtues for offline navigation isn't one of them, especially in a few versions before the latest 8.0 redesign. You still can't navigate with turn-by-turn directions offline in Google Maps 8, but the ability to save areas of the map for later usage is more easily accessible now, and a larger part can be downloaded with a much lower storage footprint.

That's not the only improvement in the new Google Maps 8.0, as the interface has received a welcome redesign, too, and navigation options are now made richer, and easier to master. The bottom bar now showing distance, travel time and ETA, and you can also redirect on the fly. Not only that, but the new Maps software gives you lane guidance, though not in all markets. The public transport option has been enhanced, too, and for the first time a transport service like Uber has been given representation. Check out the new way to save areas in the Google Maps 8.0 offline mode, and remember this is still not a replacement for a true offline turn-by-turn navigation app, the best of which are paid.

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10 Comments

1. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Google maps Ftw!

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol Nokia does it better , FTW

4. PRoChandra

Posts: 8; Member since: May 08, 2014

LOL HERE Maps Coming to Android LMFAO :D

6. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

Based on my xperience nokia here maps is beter

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I miss Latitude.

5. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

Damn, my area is not available !!!

7. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

It's a good thing that offline maps are back. Now, if only I hadn't to rely on third-party apps to be able to navigate without a connection, as when driving in the middle of nowhere or abroad...

8. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

"Area too large" - pathetic! And that is when area is actually available. Which is even more pathetic - it is shown but for some obscure reasons is not available.

9. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Why do all think that this is a new feature.. This offline feature is from 2013!http://goo.gl/u0dcbz

10. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Actually, the option to save maps for offline use was an option in the menu, IIRC, before it became a sort of Easter Egg. I'm glad that it's back as an explicit option.

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