Using iphone GPS aborad.. does it use data?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jrm27, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Hello all,

    I'll be traveling to europe from the US next week. I was going to go the route of using local sim cards, but I'll be moving around so much that it's just gonna a hassle I don't want to deal with. So, I'm just going to turn on the ATT International plan, and turn off all data usage on my phone. I'll make most of my calls over Skype/facetime.

    However, I do want to use my maps and GPS. Can that be down without using cellular data? Any pointers?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Yes you can use GPS without using cellular data, but Airplane mode must be turned off for it to work and the initial fix may take a few minutes.
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  4. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010
    What map program? Some store the maps on your iPhone, but others need data access. I use Navigon which has the maps on my phone, (but have not tried it in another country)
  5. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    You would need a map app that has offline storage of maps.
  6. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Thanks all.

    As far as map program, I was thinking just Apple Maps, or Google Maps. I also have some city specific maps from a group called "Ulmon". These look like they downlaod the specific cities into their own app on your phone, then just use your GPS to show you where you are and how to get around? Can I donwlaod Apple Maps/Google Maps data to the phone?
  7. josielinnea macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2007
    I don't think there's a way to download the data pre hand for Apple Maps or Google Maps. What countries are you going to visit?

    When I was on a short trip I used an app calle oMaps (offlinemaps) where you could zoom into an area and download the map for that onto your phone and use GPS to be located on that map later. However it took FOREVER for the maps to download.
  8. -Tobi- macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2012
    Hanover, Germany
  9. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    I think if you need a gps you probably don't have wifi access. Because a gps means you're traveling.
  10. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
  11. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    You can use an app that has offline maps, such as Navigon. They work well to navigate to specific addresses, but cannot replace Google/Apple Maps' capability to quickly locate businesses, attractions etc. because their offline POI databases are obviously more limited than Google's or Apple's.

    Another alternative is to book AT&T's global data add-on for a month. The smallest one has 120MB per month for $30. Not extremely cheap, but 120MB is enough for maps and email in my experience and it works in most European countries.
  12. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    A lot of people don't know this but within the Google maps app goto the area where you will be traveling and get it all on the screen.

    Then in the search field type "ok maps" minus quotes.

    The on screen area will be cached. A pop up comes up on the screen to inform you.

    Now I've never actually turned off data to test this so buyer beware. However if you have time before you leave I'd test it in your area and see how it does with data turned off.

    Report back if you do. I'm sure this would help a lot of people out if it works well.
  13. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    I tried that. Doesn't really work if you want to cache the map data for a country.
    It says that the data is too large. You can cache only a city.
  14. bigboy2011 macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2013
    i just saw a little tip on another website, it said if you have the google map app you can save the maps offline.

    1. go to the part of the map you want to save
    2. go to the search bar on top of the apps
    3. search for "ok maps" and it will cache and save

    i dont know if it will work, hjavent tried it yet

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