Is it possible to use Maps when offline?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Denis54, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. Denis54 macrumors member

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    I do not know much about Android but I understand that it is possible to download for instance the map of a city and use it later when offline?

    Is it possible to do the same with the new Maps app of iOS 6?

    I travel 2 - 3 times a year to Europe where I do not have a data connection. It would be nice to be able to download a map ahead of time.
     
  2. cyks macrumors 68020

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    There are some apps that allow you to download the maps for later use, but you can't with the stock Apple Map app.
     
  3. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Loading Maps offline has always been somewhat possible for years.

    You have to open up maps and search a city, zoom in and out slowly and kind of browse around. The iPhone keeps all the information cashed and when you go offline, you can still search where you have already browsed, but not new locations (that part will require a data connection).

    I tried this on my iPod touch and iPad and went for a walk to a near by park, Maps loaded with no connection.
     
  4. lunaoso macrumors 65816

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    Because the maps are vector, they cache a lot at once. I think it was around the size of California that it could cache?
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I can't lay my hand on the link now... but I read one test where it appeared to cache everything along a wide swathe along a selected route. The author mapped a route from San Francisco to Los Angeles, then turned off data and it worked the whole way.
     
  6. cyks macrumors 68020

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    Under ideal circumstances, it might save that much, but most of it would only be the major roadways.

    You also can not use maps to route offline... unless it's already routed before it was disconnected.
     
  7. lunaoso macrumors 65816

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    I just tried it. I got maybe 1/8 of California, which is still pretty impressive. I thought I read somewhere that it could do all of California, but I could be mistaken.
     
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