Google Maps is one of the greatest map apps on your phone…that is when you have internet. Before, if you wanted to use Google Maps on the go there was no way you could without a data connection. However A little while ago Google Maps added the ability to download maps. The feature was not what most users were expecting. You could only download a small square of the map and not an entire city or country. It basically made Google maps useless if you planned to travel a huge distance without constant internet.
One thing you should know (which I found out the hard way) that the offline maps are meant SOLELY to replace paper maps. For example, lets say you are in Chicago with no internet connection and you want XXXX Street. Google will NOT be able to give you the directions. You need a data connection for Google to calculate the directions for you. In addition, you will not be able to look up the nearest places without a data connection either. It makes Google maps almost useless unless you have a constant data connection.
The one thing that Google Maps does provide you is the ability to download an extremely tiny portion of a map. Then it is able to use your phone’s GPS and determine where you are. That is basically all it can do. You can also view the things around you MANUALLY by just browsing through the map. If you are lost it might tell you where you are but it will not tell you how to get home. You will be better off paying for an actual GPS app because Google Maps’ Offline Navigation is a huge dissappoitment.
Watch the video carefully as it will show you EVERYTHING that you can do in offline mode which is not much.