Data usage of navigation using Apple Maps

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  1. sultanoflondon, May 17, 2015
    Last edited: May 17, 2015

    sultanoflondon macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2013
    Hi all,

    I have always wondered how much data Apple Maps uses whilst navigating?

    So, for example, if I were to drive from London to Edinburgh (I'm based in the UK, that would be equivalent to 411 miles / 658 km) using my iPhone (running iOS 8) as my GPS, how much data would it consume?

    (I know that it would also have a huge impact on battery performance, but I would charge it in the car.)

  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    I'd say the easiest way is to figure it out yourself.

    Turn on Apple maps navigation and go for a spin, keeping track of distance and time navigating, then go into settings -> cellular and see how much data Apple maps used. Multiply that by the amount of miles you want to drive and you'll have a good idea of your trip.
  3. sultanoflondon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2013

    Okay thanks!
  4. BBDDVV macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2014
    what I found out is that you can just start the navigation when using wifi, and turn off data once you start the trip. The map and instructions will happily follows along as you go. Didn't try with multiple 100's of miles/km's, but for 50km of highway and city driving, all data was downloaded while I was on wifi :)

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