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Today, Google Maps has gained the ability to do many things that were before only available when connected to the Internet.
Now Google Maps has the ability to provide turn-by-turn directions, search for places, and view places’ information, such as business hours, without an Internet connection. This is due to the fact that Google Maps now allows you to download entire portions of the world, like cities, counties, or countries.
The astounding thing about these offline features isn't only the sheer fact that you can do almost anything that you would do in Google Maps while connected to the Internet offline, although this itself is very helpful. Google Maps effortlessly transitions between online and offline modes. This is especially helpful for long road trips, since you are likely to encounter areas with poor cellular signal on the way to your final destination.
To utilize Google Maps's new offline features, you have to download a part of the world to your device as mentioned earlier. To do so, simply search for the area that you'd like to keep offline on your device and tap the “Download” button on the screen that appears after selecting the place.
These new offline capabilities are available immediately on Android and are coming soon to iOS. Google also says that they will continue adding additional offline features to Google Maps, further improving the usability of their mapping service.