This week, Google released an update to the Google Maps. With this update, many new features were introduced. The whole UI of the Google Maps was revamped. Along with the change in the UI, many new changes were introduced like the the new navigation changes like live traffic updates, incident reports, and dynamic rerouting. “Explore” feature was also added that which gave the users a new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep.
However one thing that was noticeably absent was the ability to save maps for offline use. This was a disappointment to an otherwise good update. But there is a way around to this problem. The user can save some particular locations for offline purpose. Follow the instructions given below.
- Download the Google Maps from here. And install it using a suitable file manager of your choice.
- Open up your new Google Maps app (version 7.0), and find the area you wish to cache.
- Tap within the Search bar and type “Okay Maps” without the quotations, then hit the search icon. Typing “Ok Maps” will also give the same results.
- That’s it! You will be pushed back to the regular maps view but in the process, be notified that said area has been cached for viewing whenever, wherever.
This is not the ideal way to cache the Google Maps for offline use. But since the feature was removed from the update, the user will have make do with this method. Google might rectify this situation in the next update of Google Maps.