Google Maps Data Usage

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Balaamsdonkey, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Balaamsdonkey macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    I know at this point that this is a cliche, but really I did Google my question, as well as searching the iPhone section of the forums. Please be kind.

    I was just wondering if anyone knew, or could think of a way to calculate the iPhone's data usage when driving down the freeway at 60mph? On either a per/second or per/minute basis.

    My scenario is chosen as it seems that would be the situation in which the maps application would be using the most amount of data from refreshing.

    Like I said I looked around and couldn't find a satisfactory answer, and honestly I haven't even found anyone with the same question which kind of surprised me.

    Thank you!
  2. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Sure. Reset your phone's data, hop on the highway, and turn on the maps for a few minutes.

    Just realize that your results would be different if you were in the middle of nowhere with only a few roads compared to a major city.

    Either way, the amount should be fairly minimal.
  3. Balaamsdonkey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    Thanks Cyks. I'm a little surprised no one has a general idea. I understand that if you're in the middle of nowhere it is only going to update information for the road you're on, and the few roads in the area, but I'm surprised no one has calculated it out for a somewhat typical urban/suburban setting.

    Thanks again though. Sometime I'll try it and maybe drag this thread up again for posterity.
  4. nw9 macrumors regular

    May 1, 2012
    If you are concerned about Google maps using up your monthly data then you can find a navigation app that can be used offline. The TomTom app has that ability and I think a few others do also. The iPhone's GPS works without having to connect to the internet, but Google maps can't update its maps without connecting to the interent. All that data usage will add up if you make frequent long trips.
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    That's because it's like any other question regarding any type of usage. It depends on your specific usage. There is no fixed rate. If you want to know what you use then track it.

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