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Cache Google Maps for offline access on iOS Apps
Google's recent update for the Maps app introduced a variety of new features and improvements. One of those is the ability to save map data for offline access.

If you use Google Maps on a Wi-Fi only iPad, or if you'll be traveling somewhere where cellular data is spotty, knowing how to enable offline caching of map data is pretty important. CNet explained the trick recently.

First, you'll need to zoom in a bit; you can't cache a widely-zoomed-out map view. Then, when you're at the spot you'd like to cache, type OK maps into the search box, and then tap Search.

When you do that, a Google Maps icon will appear briefly, followed by a message indicating that your map data was saved. Now, even when you're offline, if you navigate to your cached areas, the map data will appear.
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Cache Google Maps for offline access on iOS
Authored by: chancer on Jul 19, '13 04:36:12PM

When I search for OK maps, all I get is Oklahoma. I don't understand this hint.

Wait, aha. Just figured it out. I had to get out of directions mode and into simple, single location search mode.

Edited on Jul 19, '13 04:40:06PM by chancer



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Cache Google Maps for offline access on iOS
Authored by: benwiggy on Jul 20, '13 09:19:15AM

Is there a way to clear the cache? Otherwise, after you've cached several areas' worth.....



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Cache Google Maps for offline access on iOS
Authored by: Manyk on Jul 20, '13 02:09:24PM

To clear the cache:
1: Open Settings in Google Maps and tap on "About, terms, & privacy", tap "Terms & Privacy"
2: Then tap on "Clear application data"



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Cache Google Maps for offline access on iOS
Authored by: Westside guy on Jul 21, '13 06:27:44PM

Well now, that sure is an intuitive way of enabling the caching feature.



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Cache Google Maps for offline access on iOS
Authored by: calum on Jul 22, '13 04:09:46PM

Only temporary I'm sure, the same workaround is required in the recent Maps update on Android, too. Previously the feature had a perfectly functional GUI on Android and I can't believe it won't be back in both versions.



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Cache Google Maps for offline access on iOS
Authored by: AlanU on Jul 22, '13 01:30:05AM

To clear the cache, within the app go to:

settings - About, terms and privacy - Terms & privacy - Clear application data



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