Mapping software is great isn’t it?  You can plan journeys with multiple stops and  find the quickest, shortest and most fuel economical route to your destination with the variety of Map software available.  You can do it the old fashioned way, with a map and some maths skills, but where’s the fun in that?

What do you do if you need to access Google Maps, for instance, but don’t have a good Internet connection where you will be heading? This is where the ability to save the route you need comes into play.

Saving offline maps in Google Maps is a great feature, which makes Google Maps on iOS an even better experience. As you don’t need to rely on a data connection, you will get your maps even faster. So how do you actually save your maps for offline use on the iOS version of Google Maps?  If you own an Android device, you should know what to do, as accomplishing this task in the iOS version is exactly like the Android version.How To Save Offline Maps in Google Maps For iOS

First, you’ll need to make sure you are running 3.0. Once you have the updated version, launch the app and tap on the profile icon located next to the search bar. Then scroll to the bottom of the page.  There’ll you’ll find a new section which is dedicated to offline maps. You have two methods for saving a section for offline use. The first is here in the settings, or by typing “OK Maps” into the search bar at any time when viewing a map.

This feature is very useful if you happen to be in a city with unreliable cell phone service or if you are travelling abroad.

Obviously to save on data charges, It is probably a good idea to download the offline maps using a Wi-Fi connection.  If you want to delete the data to free up space then navigate to Google Maps, Settings, About, terms, & privacy,Clear application data.  This will then remove all local map caches.

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SOURCE: http://gizmodo.com/how-to-save-offline-maps-in-the-new-google-maps-for-ios-819672562