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Google Maps for Android Now Supports Offline Caching

Google Maps for Android is a great way to find your way around but what if you’re in an area with spotty connectivity? The new Download Map Area caches maps for offline use.

While using Google Maps for Android you can now cache maps in up to a 10 mile radius around your current location. No matter where you go (subways, dense city streets, or deep within buildings) you’ll still have access to the maps regardless of how weak your cellular signal is. The cached maps are available on your phone for 30 days (you can delete them prior to the expiration to free up space).

Read more about the new map caching feature as well as the introduction of the Scale and Measure tools at the link below.

Download Map Area Added to Labs in Google Maps for Android [The Official Google Blog]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/7/11

Comments (6)

  1. GPZ

    Wish they had this for the ipod touch, since it relies on wifi

  2. Bowater

    There is not option for this on htc wildfire, i’ve checked in labs and there is only scale bar and measure.

  3. edy

    @bowater; you should update to latest version 5.7.0

  4. Bowater

    I have the latest 5.7.0, but in labs still no offline cache!! i’ve even uninstalled the updates and reinstalled them. Any help?

  5. Faz


    I have a wildfire too. Can’t see any option to cache maps

  6. Jamie

    anyone know where in the file system the cache is written to?

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