Great news for those of us who travel and use maps to help us navigate! The latest version of Google Maps (currently only for Android but surely coming to the rest of us soon) allows you to download maps and other data before you travel so you can access it even if you don’t have an Internet connection.
Bonus– works anywhere in the world. Google says that you can download an area “by searching for a city, county or country” and tapping ‘Download’ on the resulting place sheet, or by going to “Offline Areas” in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button.
If you’ve downloaded the map of an area, Google Maps will automatically go into offline mode if you’re in a location with poor or no Internet service. That would include times when you have a weak signal or even if you have a strong signal but have decided to turn off data to save on charges. It automatically switches back to online mode when you are connected. This will also save many of us precious data and roaming fees when we’re travelling in other countries.
Our new Atlanta office is sure to find this helpful and we hope many of you do too!