We all know that recently, Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 8 will be getting Nokia Maps that will allow users to navigate throughout the maps without even connecting to the internet. Additionally, last week at WWDC when Apple announced iOS 6, along side it they also announced their own mapping app that also supports offline connectivity. So, now it seems like Google maps are going to be left alone and only for the users who have Android devices. Well, we all know that there are currently millions of people who are using Google Maps on their devices. And there are many people who cannot afford to get the carrier data packages to navigate through cities and that is the reason why offline maps look so interesting.
Well, today we brought a trick that will allow you to navigate a portion of Google maps without an internet connection. It is a feature included in the Google Maps app and it is called Pre cache. This feature will allow you to pre cache over 10 mile area around a certain point and you will be able to navigate around that area without an internet connection.
It is basically a hidden feature in the settings of Google maps and that is why her we are going to give you some simple instructions to let you know the whole process. You have to keep in mind that you might not be able to zoom in as much as you can in the online maps but still you will be able to pre cache a couple of 10 mile areas, what else do you want.
1) Obviously, first step is to open the Maps app on your Android device
2) After that open the menu and then hit settings button
3) Now you will tap on the option saying Labs
4) After that, you will see an option saying Pre Cache, enable it.
5) Come back to the map and long hold on a location that you want to pre cache.
6) A contextual menu will appear, tap the pre cache map area.
7) That’s it, you will see a black rectangle over the area you have cached successfully.