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Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Daniel (Google Community Manager) 6/27/12 3:33 PM
Hi Google Maps for Android users,

We've recently released an update to Google Maps for mobile on Google Play.

With this release you'll be able to:
  • Save maps for use offline in certain countries
For more information, check out our YouTube video on how to get offline maps in Google Maps for Android, and read through our blog post.

Thanks for all your feedback so far! To learn more about Google Maps for mobile, don't hesitate to visit our Help Center

Thanks, 
Daniel 
Community Manager, Google Maps 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps treebles 6/27/12 7:19 PM
What do you mean by "Save maps for use offline in certain countries"
It seems that we can save tiles for offline use in pretty much any country with the Maps Labs version of pre-cached map areas.
I hope Google has not taken a good thing, the Maps Labs version, and ruined it when incorporating it directly on Google Maps.
Do you have a list of countries where offline use is available?
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Tony K 6/28/12 12:11 AM
Yes.  I've just downloaded the latest v6.9.0 update for Android and it REMOVES offline maps here in Ireland anyway.  What's the story Google?  Can we revert to the previous version?  Or when will offline maps be enabled (as advertised) in Ireland?
Hugo Rossi 6/28/12 1:27 AM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Hugo Rossi 6/28/12 1:29 AM
I'm extremely disappointed. I had expected nothing less than full offline navigation, with maps for entire countries. This present "solution" is just not enough. Go Google, you can do it!

Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps nekrosoft13 6/28/12 11:25 AM
Fix the damn gps. Been broken for the past 4-5 updates.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps RSchalie 6/29/12 5:23 AM
At the moment the maximum size for an off-line map appears to be around 80MB. So, for a maximum of 6 off-line maps, that would be less than 500 MB. Any reason for this limit?
Space requirements could be handled by allowing off-line maps to be stored on a SD card.
What might be useful as an alternative to the current limitations would be the ability to plan a route, and then save a "corridor" of the map around the route, say 10 miles (or a distance of your own choice) on either side of the route, to an off-line map.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps nicc00 6/29/12 8:49 AM
THIS UPDATE IS A JOKE GOOGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am traveling to Italy soon and I can't even download an offline map for the city of Milan or Venice.  That's the first thing.  The second thing is that there still isn't a way for me to download an offline map of "my maps".  What's the point if I plan my trip and put all of the way points and information into all different "my maps" for the course of the trip but then can't download them for offline use while I'm in a different country and have no data plan.  Your big announcement and update basically did nothing for all of us users!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Daniel (Google Community Manager) 6/29/12 12:03 PM
As it has graduated from a feature in Labs, you will no longer have access to the pre-cache lab. Offline maps from some countries are not currently available. However, you can take certain maps from more than 150 compatible countries offline with Google Maps for Android. We’re working to make more places available offline.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps bbbbbbbbbbbbbaaa 6/29/12 1:43 PM
Typical google relase.  Barely a beta version.  Let the users test it... then in 6-12 months put out an acceptable version.
 
Why on earth one cant save to SD is beyone me.
 
Why on earth one cant download any map from any country is beyond me.
 
Why on earth is the gps not fixed?
 
Why on earth cant google wait till there is an acceptable, tested, working version before releasing it?
 
This is another google let down.   Thanks.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Lorenzo Zoil 6/30/12 8:21 AM
Daniel, did you even review this before putting your name to it?  Your team have utterly fouled up a fantastic Labs feature, and created a piece of bloatware which should make you hang your head in shame.  It's slow, it's no longer intuitive, it crashes repeatedly, causing downloads to completely restart, and even worse, one cannot select to cache maps to an SD card.  I have 33mb of memory on my HTC Desire, I have 11gb on my SD card, where do YOU think offline maps should be cached?
I work in IT, I think I'd resign before letting a work of such poor quality be issued to my customers.
I'd love to hear your views.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Thien Thanh 7/2/12 12:00 PM
Sorry for using translate.google.com to translate from Vietnamese into English for this comment.

I used the "make available offline" but found that it is not effective and have to wait very long if you want to download a large area. I have no idea why google does not allow downloading of map data (the option) to use offline on your phone?

For example, besides I have the option to download zoning map of the area and marked it as now I have more download options in place, regional ... for example I can download maps of Hanoi or the whole of Vietnam.

I can download it from mobile phone or via computer, then I can put it on the google map data folder on the phone. I found so convenient and quicker than having to manually download the zoning map to the current offline.

Xin lỗi vì dùng translate.google.com để dịch từ tiếng Việt sang tiếng Anh cho góp ý này.
Tôi đã sử dụng chức năng "make available offline" nhưng thấy rằng nó không hiệu quả và phải chờ đợi rất lâu nếu muốn tải về một khu vực rộng lớn. Tôi có ý tưởng tại sao google không cho phép tải về dữ liệu map (theo tùy chọn) để sử dụng offline trên điện thoại?
Ví dụ, bên cạnh việc tôi có thể tùy chọn khoanh vùng và tải bản đồ của vùng được đánh dấu đó như hiện nay thì tôi có thêm tùy chọn tải về theo địa danh, vùng miền... chẳng hạn tôi có thể tải về bản đồ thành phố Hà Nội hoặc của toàn nước Việt Nam.
Tôi có thể tải nó từ điện thoại di động hoặc thông qua máy tính, sau đó tôi có thể đưa nó vào thư mục data của google map trên điện thoại. Tôi thấy như vậy tiện dụng và nhanh hơn là việc phải tự khoanh vùng để tải về bản đồ offline như hiện nay. 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps VashekCZ 7/4/12 9:54 AM
Daniel,
Please understand this is a big disappointment to a huge number of users, and you (not just you personally) are making it worse by being closed about it. Why couldn't you link to a list of "compatible" countries straight from the initial announcement? What can't you explain what is the issue and WHY it worked in Labs but suddenly some countries are "incompatible"? Is it a technical issue, as you seem to suggest (at least that's what I infer from the word "compatible"), or is it in fact a licensing issue, or something else? Can we expect to eventually have the whole world available, or will it always be limited in some way? And what about the other limitations people have noted, like no SD card support, limited number of areas, and no offline search?
Thanks for a response (that I don't really expect).
Vashek

Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps naxian13 7/4/12 1:59 PM
Very disappointing update! No availability in offline maps for many "Big"  countries(Ireland,Italy,Spain, Greece,Portugal etc)!!No SD card saving..!! Not a proper answer to Apple's new maps...FIX it!!You are Google!!It's unacceptable!! 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Lorenzo Zoil 7/4/12 2:14 PM
Well, I have found a solution that works for me. I downloaded and installed v6.8.1 on my HTC Desire using an APK file.  Labs version of map caching works perfectly, everywhere in the world I've tried it so far.

That's another app I'll never update again from the Play Store, not until (unless) Google sort out this latest awful version.


Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Tony K 7/4/12 2:59 PM
Can you provide a link please to where you got v6.8.1?  Does your phone need to be jail-broken?
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Lorenzo Zoil 7/5/12 10:02 AM
I won't post a link as I don't want to get in trouble for copyright infringement.  I searched for google maps 6.8.1, and at least 5 sites appeared with a free APK file download, about 6.8mb in size.  I used Play Store to uninstall all maps upgrades, set Applications to allow installs from non-store sources, copied the apk file to my SD card, and ran it, which installed 6.8.1 with no trouble.

My device is an HTC so no jailbreaking necessary.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps BillikenHawkeye 7/7/12 11:55 AM
Hi I downloaded Version 6.9.0 on my AT&T Motorola Atrix (MB860) using Android 2.3.6 and the GPS will not work in this new version. GPS does not find my location. I uninstalled and used the factory installed version of Google Maps (5.8) and the GPS works just fine. Very frustrating, hope this can be fixed soon.  
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps mcdave2010 7/9/12 2:33 AM
There are no offline maps for Thailand or Singapore.

Could someone from Google explain whether these will be added soon? I'm going in a couple of weeks.

This is a real shame as I used cached maps heaps overseas and all the countries I'm going to this year are missing.

Cheers,  

Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps ski4404 7/9/12 11:00 AM
Hi Daniel,

I've recently traveled through parts of Europe and I think I really put the offline maps to the test for it's intended use case(s).  Here is some feedback... 

Sadly, I found the offline maps feature is really not up to the task.  Before, with the labs version, I could cache any map I needed to the phone.  Now, the official offline maps feature excludes entire countries that previously worked in labs. 

Besides this point, for the cities I could download offline, there were problems.  For example, in an offline maps area, I found that certain parts of the map would be missing detail like road names (of major roads and minor roads).  In other parts of the map when I would zoom in, the map would not resolve any detail, it was the same behavior as if I had not downloaded the map for offline. Furthermore, in some places I would have 3d buildings but not in other places (this is all within the offline map area).  More problems occurred (FC) when I tried to download maps for offline that overlapped with an already downloaded area.  The overlapping area would never download and when trying to remove the offline area it would cause the app to FC. 

A major problem:  several times I had to reboot the phone in order to resolve a problem where maps would consistently show my position about two city blocks away from my actual position.  After rebooting, it would work fine.

In addition, the offline maps mode really needs to better handle search or poi.  If the map is downloaded offline, it would be ideal if you could at least choose some points of interest to download as well so you can find them later on.  I was sort of able to accomplish this by starring places and then when I was offline I could find them on the map.  Same goes for public transit stations.  Offline, it's very difficult to seek out subway or metro stations as some of them seem to be available offline while other are missing completely or only show up at random zoom levels.

So, with all of the above, I had to carry a paper map and refer to it often as offline maps is just not reliable enough to depend on.  Truthfully, it was actually better as a labs feature.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps penguin64 7/9/12 9:08 PM
@Daniel.M
Questions
  • Which countries or have we been potentially wasting data plans ?
  • No joy attempting to cache maps in the UK. Is it no joy because the UK is unsupported or because of temporary fault ?

 

Feature set
  • No ability to cahe to SD ? Really ? Useless for the majority of phones then if it remains this way.
  • option to display for free floating map with arrow North withdrawn from feature set ? That's brave......
Performance
Haven't taken it out yet, and if I can't cache maps in the UK, nor will as using Nav would rush me £20 for 20 minutes.....
 
Conclusion
  • missing features that were in the software previously
  • missing caching for many users on a regional basis
  • unable to cache to SD
  • Useless
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps ptosiani 7/10/12 9:31 AM
I just added a section about offline use of google maps:


Why don't we start to put together a list of countries that are not available.


Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps treebles 7/10/12 10:04 AM
ptosiani,
Google already released the list of countries where offline maps is available.

http://support.google.com/gmm/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2650347
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps mcdave2010 7/10/12 2:09 PM
I find it strange they they don't have major countries like Spain, Italy, Thailand, Malaysia.... but they do have Niue,  Burkina Faso, Cocos Islands...
Why? 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps treebles 7/10/12 2:16 PM
Countries where Google gets their map data from third party sources are not supported for offline maps in the new integrated version of pre-cached area.
Not sure why, probably something legal, Google has not elaborated on the reasons.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps FUCK GOOGLE PLUS TIMES !00000 7/12/12 6:43 PM
First really disappointing google product in a long time.  Seriously google the people using your products like maps for the most part are not idiots. We can figure out how to download maps and not consume all our internal memory.  Sd cards are cheap and huge.  Phones are amazingly quick now. Quit putting fisher price features in your otherwise great stuff.  Google music is another. What good is cloud storage if you download your music to your sd card.  Unacceptable. 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps lybarrondo 7/13/12 2:07 PM
Daniel,

The internal museum maps is a promising feature, though my Android phone tends to pinpoint my position at a block or two away from where I really am.  Not sure if that is something wrong with my GPS or just the realized accuracy of the device.  I'll have to try it out next time I'm at the Natural History Museum.  I built an updated virtual tour for them that also provides situational awareness, similar to this and your Art Project, but different.  You can search on "Smithsonian" & "tour" to find it or use the direct link:  


R,

Loren
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Kash514 7/14/12 2:30 AM
I am very disappointed with this update. I used to be able to "pre-cache map area" for anywhere in Taiwan and I thought this update would add turn-by-burn navigation,  but now I just get a message saying that offline maps is not available in this area. What a terrible upgrade, I'm going to have to go out of my way to uninstall this app and re-install the previous version which actually got it right!  
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps hmjbarbosa 7/15/12 10:30 AM
How do we revert to the old version, with the offline inside labs??
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps mcdave2010 7/16/12 1:43 PM
When I upgraded to ICS I noticed that Google maps wasn't updated and pre-caching works again. I'm not sure how to do it without updating your entire OS. 

I'll be careful to not update Google apps without reading up on it first from now on.. . 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps SoerenB 7/18/12 12:33 AM
If you uninstall the updates for maps, you will end up with the the factory version. If your phone is a newer model (or were updated to ICS recently), it will be around 6.8 (mine was). Afterwards, ignore update notifications for maps.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps SoerenB 7/18/12 12:45 AM
The offline feature in labs in the older versions worked just fine. 
Now, in 6.9 it won't download anymore. It just freezes. I tried smaller areas (< 1MB) in Germany and Denmark, which are both supported according to Google.
It never begins any downloads, and pressing cancel (X) does nothing. Instead it eats the phone's battery at light speed.

I have uninstalled all updates and I now have the ICS stock version (6.8). Here 'labs-offline' is back (and working). 
Phone: SE Neo, Android 4.0.4. 


Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps BK_galaxynexus 7/18/12 7:01 AM
I have to agree with others voicing disappointment in the implementation here. I think, at a minimum, offline maps needs to allow much larger tiles. When I am traveling somewhere for the first time, how am I supposed to know how big of a tile I need? How am I supposed to know what tiles I will need? I need entire cities, counties and countries at a time. I also need "corridors" for routes to be available offline. Why can't I store "my maps" that are preconfigured for my personal points of interes?
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps neocryte 7/19/12 12:18 PM
I think this feature is, in general, fantastic.  Very useful for many of us.  I don't think we necessarily need larger tiles - as we can always save additional areas.  However, the 80MB restriction seems rather arbitrary.

I hope we can get the missing countries added ASAP - as so many are missing, and this feature is perfect for those traveling abroad (i.e. no easily available cell/data signal).

Also, navigation and directions offline would be a great next step.  I understand it currently requires data connection, but it seems like there should be some way to make these work offline (like some of the other GPS apps do).

Thanks for the hard work on this!
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps hmjbarbosa 7/19/12 3:44 PM
Dear all,

I just got the old version! With the cache inside labs!!

Easy: first i uninstalled and it asked me if i wanted to uninstall all updates. I thought i would be left with the original and good version, but maps was completely gone.

Then I installed again.... Now I thought I would get the newest version, but I got the original!

I just tried and I have cache inside labs, and it work for any place in the world!!!!!

Info: Samsung nexus with stock Android ICS

Cheers, Henrique

Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Cláudio Bastos 7/20/12 9:02 AM
Why you break Brazil offline maps ??
They were working now, don't. 
How can I downgrade ?
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Google-Sg 7/22/12 9:15 AM
Well the maps for Singapore are finally released. For those waiting for this, you can download it now :)
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps mcdave2010 7/22/12 3:27 PM
Good, I'm going there in 2 weeks. Can I have an ETA on Thailand? Thanks, David
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps hmjbarbosa 7/23/12 3:25 AM
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps nicc00 7/25/12 7:42 AM
I just downloaded TripAdvisor Apps for Milan & Venice and they do EXACTLY what Google Maps should allow you to do!  It's not perfection, but it's a ton closer than your product.  Their app, maps, content is all available offline.  You can search for what you need and it uses GPS for map location.  I love that they include pins for POIs.  The only major downside is that this map still isn't easily customizable because you can only star POIs already in their system, but at least if you do that, you have the option to view a map with only those points.

I'm still annoyed that I have my entire trip plotted out with tons of POIs and all of the info stored in separate Google maps in "My Places" and I have no flipping way to down load all the content so I can put it on my phone and take it with me offline.  You're forcing me to sit there and take too many screen shots of the map and then strip them together in Photoshop.  Then I'm going to have to copy and paste all the content stored in the info section into a horrid Word doc.  Thanks a million Google!
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps discomeh 7/26/12 1:59 AM
So, I can cache a map for Burkina Faso, but not Tokyo, Japan?   You guys are lucky people WANT to like you.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps nop.posse 7/26/12 9:15 AM
I'd love this feature if it weren't for the problems others have pointed out- the low maximum map limit, missing map areas, etc. It also seems buggy. Renaming the maps doesn't always work. Our devices should not be updating to this release. It's not ready.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Daniel (Google Community Manager) 7/31/12 2:18 PM
Hello Google Maps for Android users, 

We've been listening to your feedback and we're happy to announce that you can now download maps offline in 14 new countries and regions: 
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lesotho
  • Macao
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Vatican City
  • Poland
  • Ukraine
  • Egypt.  
We'll also continue working hard to make more places available offline, so stay tuned! For more information about Offline Maps check out our Help Center: http://support.google.com/gmm/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=2649131&parent=1616955&ctx=topic

Thanks, 
Daniel 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps AzmaTsukimi 8/6/12 4:53 PM
I have to ask, really. Why, why on earth are we limited to the arbitrary number of 6 maps that we can save? This is extremely, extremely frustrating and restraining.

Let me give you an example. (Of course, since 3G data is overly expensive, using it at any time is out of question.)

I want to go from Saint-Félicien (Québec, Canada) to Montréal (Québec, Canada) and have my phone's GPS help me through it.I'll need maps of everything along the way, of course.

Lake Saint-Jean region: 1 map
Saguenay city and surroundings: 1 map
Road 175 towards Québec City: 4 maps (it would fit in two maps, but why on earth would I want to waste SD card space by saving large amounts of forest around the road?
(Ding, already out of maps... And I'm only a 2-hour drive away from home!)
Québec city and surroundings: 1 map
Road 20 towards Montréal: 3 maps. Might fit in 2 if I am very, very careful with the zoom and I extend it to the very maximum capacity.
Montréal City and surroundings: 1 map

Total: 11 maps for a 5-hour drive. 8 by making efforts. So for ONE trip, which isn't even that far away, I need more maps than the application allows me. And here I thought a navigating application was supposed to be able to save more than one trip. Was I wrong?

Let me give you another example of the illogic character of the 6-map limit.

Let's say I'm someone who doesn't move a lot. Or rather, that I'm quite specific. I take bus rides to nearby neighbourhoods an, but never leave a relatively small perimeter from there. I don't need maps between them. It would waste space! So I start downloading just what I need.

-My neighbourhood: 1 MB
-The shopping district: 1 MB
-My sister's neighbourhood: 1 MB
-My mother's village: 3 MB
-My office's neighbourhood: 2 MB
-The next city's office where I'm sometimes sent and the route there: 5 MB
Oh! Out of maps. Let's check the amount of data... 13 MB. But the limit for a map is 80 MB. So someone who takes large maps can store up to 480 MB of maps on their device, but someone who didn't need such large places used a small fraction of that only, yet they're stuck too! Where is the logic in this?

Finally, another thing I want to point out. Why does the saved area have to be square? If I'm going to save a route, there's a good possibility I'll have a long road to follow. Why must I either take tens of maps (oh wait, I can't, 6 maximum!) or save large, useless areas on each side of the road?

Android devices have touch screens. Why don't you let us freely draw, with our finger, the area we want to save?
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps RC's 8/8/12 6:16 PM
Hi Daniel,

Why does the Google Maps limit the offline maps to only 6? 6 is just way too few, why don't you make a higher limit let say 20 or 30.. Or just it should be limited by storage of the phone.. I hope Google will lift up this limitation, and also make the offline maps available in most of the countries.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Cainer 8/21/12 1:01 PM
THIS.  This should not be that hard.  6 maps and can't store on SD...please prioritize this fix.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps mmiller 8/24/12 9:17 PM
@Daniel M
 
Thanks for making the Google Map App for my Android - it's awesome!
 
I have two main (quick) questions;
 
1) I've noticed that almost all Google apps will not allow their data to be stored on hte SD card in the phone and instead uses precious system memory - can you tell me why this is?
 
2) With respect to the cached maps feature you mention that driving directions won't work without WAN Internet access. Why is this?
 
To my way of thinking, if the map is cached, and the GPS doesn't need a WAN connection to get it's fix, then there should be enough information to give driving directions, no?
 
Thanks again - for myself, I love all the things this Android phone can do and it's integration into so many of the better things that Google offers. Thanks!
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps vkalla 8/27/12 12:09 PM
This version of maps crashes on Rezound. Is there a I can downgrade this to an earlier version of the program?
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps dst4 8/27/12 3:06 PM
It's not this 1 does crashing everybody's it's 6.10 , you need to search the net for the other pack.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps gab81 9/2/12 7:28 AM
i am travelling to Spain and i cannot download offline map for Madrid???? is that acceptable? a major capital?? no comment
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps ehg 9/2/12 7:36 AM
sometime the reality is to accept because it is the reality.
In case of Spain there is a reason for as I believe:

The map provider of Spain is TeleAtlas.
Change your travelling planes and download any area of France - a lovely country too!
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps treebles 9/2/12 7:41 AM
If possible in your phone, uninstall the latest versions and use the Maps Labs version of offline maps that allows saving up to 10 areas 10 square miles each approximately, it should work for Spain unless Google changed something recently.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Ammoc 9/14/12 7:41 PM
I am in Hong Kong and I was surprised the update was a step back.  No precached map labs and offline maps for my city.

With 7 million people and one of the highest cell phone ownership rates (99%, as of 2011),  I thought Hong Kong was big enough market for Google....

I read this whole thread and I agree with all your suggestions.  Google, please listen to your users.  We are just asking for simple features that was available in Labs, that's not too much to ask, right?

And I just uninstalled the Maps updates... so that I can use the precached maps again.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps zohar bodinshtain 9/19/12 4:09 AM
Hi

I wanted to know why I can keep only 6 maps only.

 offline maps in Google Maps  
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps ehg 9/19/12 5:16 AM
All ressources on earth are limited.
Why not the features of GoogleMaps too?

Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps AzmaTsukimi 9/19/12 1:40 PM
Because there's no reason to limit them?
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps ehg 9/19/12 1:48 PM
 Who knows for certain about reasons?
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps AzmaTsukimi 9/19/12 2:04 PM
Well, I at least know there aren't any logical reasons I can think of, apart from badly made code that makes more than 6 maps hard to save no matter the available space, which is something they should fix ASAP anyway.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps VashekCZ 9/19/12 2:17 PM
No technical reasons, you mean. Most of the time, when something doesn't seem to make any sense technically, there is some annoying business decision behind it. That's the case with the countries not being available (some licensing issue obviously), and I bet it's the same with this. Perhaps someone thought "if we let users download as much as they want, they will just download all Earth, never go online again and never see our ads". (I'm not defending this, just offering a possible explanation.) As for me, I don't know how much money they make off of me monthly, but I suspect it's an amount I would gladly just pay instead, and avoid these kinds of limitations.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps AzmaTsukimi 9/19/12 3:27 PM
Even so, why would they limit it to a number of maps instead of an area in square kilometers? Why are all maps square? I say, if you're going to change things following an annoying business decision, do it properly.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Vivek Janardhan 9/21/12 11:23 AM
I was hoping that offline maps could come in handy for navigation. Unfortunately, not because it does not work where data connection isn't available. This is a little disappointing for me as well. Are there any plans of making this feature available in the near future?
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps pete00 9/24/12 11:44 AM
I have to agree; this feature used to work great, but now can't save any maps in canada, Gets stuck 'saving', or 'queued for deleting'. Hope this gets solved and updated soon.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Nilson Morais 9/27/12 7:04 AM
Install 6.6.0 from http://www.freewarelovers.com/android/app/google-maps and make sure you turned off auto-update.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps RichardBronosky 9/29/12 1:22 PM
Nilson Morais,
Thanks for the link. I didn't know about that place. I very much appreciate it!
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Goog Prod Forums 9/30/12 9:11 AM
I hope you and your team are paying close attention to this discussion.  There are some suggestions/RFEs I've been thinking about for a long time, like caching route/corridor data.  I'm flying to Spain today and thought "Hey, I should update Google Maps on my S2" and all of a sudden I can't cache Barcelona.  So, not only are there no great improvements to Google Maps, you've actually taken a step or two backwards.

No SD card storage of maps?  Come on!!!

Serious weak sauce, guys.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Matthew V 10/3/12 7:48 AM
Dan,
I am interested in Japan. Do i just need to keep checking the page to see if it is supported?

-Matt
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Kurt S 10/4/12 4:36 PM
I echo the call for a map for Japan please.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Tony Becker 10/7/12 3:30 AM
I'd like to echo the other people here who are disappointed with the limit of 6 map tiles.

I was hoping to use my phone as a sat-nav on an upcoming trip to from Mexico to Guatemala but despite having plenty of space available in my phone I am not allowed to do so as I cannot get what I need in just six small squares.

I am pretty disappointed tbh, I had expected better from Google.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps SamsungUser 10/8/12 1:41 AM
As someone said before, not being able to load maps onto the phone's SD card (should be default in my view!) is a MAJOR drawback - especially for those of us with a phone with limited memory. the WHOLE maps program should be transferrable to the SD card! but for starters, the offline maps should be on the SD card. Otherwise I have to sacrifice some other program to store them. :-(
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps sgronblo 10/10/12 11:23 PM
Yeah, I considered buying a Nexus 7 to use this feature then I found out it's not available in Tokyo (where I live) or Thailand where I am going on vacation next month.

I know the Maps team is probably working hard on improving this situation and I think some people whine like spoiled little kids.

That said, what slightly annoys me though is the lack of information. Instead of just saying "available in some countries" you could have linked to the list of available countries, explained what is blocking the other countries, why the 6 x 80MB limitation is in place, give some estimate for other countries etc.

Google Maps is still one of the most amazing apps I know of. Keep up the good work. But please increase the available countries for offline maps too!
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps barbafant 10/15/12 6:00 AM
Why haven't you made Layers downloadable? That's one of the the MAIN POINTS of having Maps on an Android mobile!
I am going to London in a few days, where I have never been before, and I was hoping to rely on my smartphone to help me between the places I need to visit. But after downloading a square covering all the POI's I added to my London map, when I put the phone in Flight mode to double-check - I cant get to Layers!
This is so stupid I can't really believe it.... Did you not consider the different practical uses for the Offline feature? If I travel somewhere to do buisiness I need to pre-plan my visit for efficiency. If I travel somewhere as a tourist I want to be able to have POI's for shopping, entertainment and such. Please fix this ASAP! Because as it is, the Offline feature is BROKEN AS DESIGNED. I am NOT a happy google maps user right now... all the while my iPhone-toting friends are just shaking their heads at me...

Sincerely Barba



Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps John Campen 10/29/12 11:14 PM
I bought my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 early last week swapping over from Apples iP-had-enough.  I have a few apps I need to use to run off line using Google maps which is why I switched to the Samsung. The iPhad-enough had to be jail-broken for it to work which would void its warranty.

Since using the Galaxy last week the application worked fine now I was able to cache the maps for off line use.  Then mid this week the Google Maps did and upgrade to 6.12 and now when I want to select "use map off line" its states not allowed for this region. Why was I able to do it before and not now? I checked that it works for some countries like Australia and US, but not for Malaysia or Indonesia which is where I need it for. This app is used for my RC controller and without the cache maps its useless.

So how can I now activate it  to be able to cache the maps for this region. Or how can I return back to the version that was working previously? I even did hard reset, but for some reason ti still keep the updated Google maps and I cant cache the maps.

I need this otherwise Ive just wasted my time and money buying this tablet. Please help.






Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Nilson Morais 10/30/12 5:57 AM
John Campen,

To downgrade your maps you have to download the apk and install it manually, it will replace for the old one. I'm using 6.6.0 and it's working fine. But make sure of turned off auto-update, to turn off go to "settings/manage apps" and uncheck "Auto Update".

You can download previous versions here: http://www.freewarelovers.com/android/app/google-maps
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps markkuss125 11/4/12 10:28 PM
Use Nokia. They give a free GPS with maps on their phones! 
Of course, all the nice smartphones are android... but I've been a Nokia user for a while and I keep debating whether to upgrade to a better smartphone or stay with Nokia. I know I travel a lot, 3 and 4 G connections are expensive and sometimes staying frustration free is just so worth it...
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps ECX 11/24/12 11:33 AM
With all respect and admiration to what you guys are doing and speaking as an owner of four android devices, what is the point of having offline maps when I can't do offline navigation? I was a laughing stock by my friends when I stepped up to save them after being lost in a park after long white water rafting day in a no coverage area. I assumed that having offline maps implicitly meant having offline navigation, until I got the message that data is required to navigation.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Mr.KK 12/7/12 7:01 AM
Markkuss125 is absolutely right.

I am a happy android user, but i still carry my nokia n8 (it doesn't even have a sim card) and it's an amazing GPS device.
eventually i will probably go back to nokia if they get their act together with windows.

Seems like google maps forces users to use data plans as an incentive for carriers to promote their products rather than offer maps as a full feature (with a complete offline navigation solution)  to its users.

Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Roger Irwin 12/23/12 5:13 PM
I think Google maps is fantastic, but I want to have entire areas (like e.g. Europe!) available for offline viewing.

I'm only talking about maps+terrain, not detailed street/satellite view. This should be fit no problem on a modern SD card.

I AM MORE THAN HAPPY TO PAY FOR THIS, if only it were available!

I am trying third party apps, but none of them are up to your standards. Also, with google maps I have the option of drilling down satellite and street view when online data is available.

Regards,

Roger.

Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Cynthiya 1/7/13 8:03 AM
This seems to be the best option if the limit on cached map size is necessary. I recently made a trip to Texas from New york and the ~500MB limit and the way users can select the cached map area proved completely useless because most part of map I actually saved was of no use to me on the 1550 mile drive.caching a 10 mile radius around the whole selected route would have been just fine.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps aawl 1/31/13 5:24 PM
I think you hit the point. :)

Although Google always say they won't do the evil, sometimes they have to do...
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Wisllay Vitrio 4/28/13 8:00 AM
It would be great if I could use it =(
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Wisllay Vitrio 4/28/13 8:06 AM
If at least I could use it I could give my thanks for the great idea.
But Google Maps offline simply doesn't work for me.
Trying to save a map (even if it is smaller than 1 MB) result in a "offline maps are not available in your current location".
"150 countries"? Judging from the number of people from different locations complaining the same as me I don't believe that is true.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Bram Moerman 5/13/13 7:00 AM
On the Nexus 7, latest Jellybean release, has multiple user capability.  6-map limit is per user. enjoy
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Bernd W 5/19/13 9:12 PM
Same question here. Why only 6 offline maps??
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Ioana Mihaila 6/10/13 8:54 PM
I just checked and on my Note 10.1 I have Google maps 6.14, so not sure I can downgrade to 6.6 or so. 
Is there any third party app that works with the GPS, while Google is trying to get things figured out? 

Google: are there plans on allowing the data to be saved to SD, up to any storage limit?

Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Bernd W 6/11/13 7:10 AM
Yes, try OruxMaps. A really good off-line maps creator and works excellent with the GPS.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps GregLast 6/11/13 12:28 PM
For USA and Canada you can use
CoPilot GPSl free offline mapping,
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alk.copilot.mapviewer
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Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps lordleoo 7/7/13 1:47 AM
i just bought a samsung galaxy; first few days i was amazed by how much google are better than apple
seems they both are equally stupid & evil. all this kind of stuff can in no way be just things that google designers missed or forgot about while design; they are done that way on purpose to force us to buy paid apps.
americans shall continue their stupid marketing principles till they are far overtaken by asians. look at PS and XBOX; samsung and apple; toyota and GMC; tourism requirements in US and in Thailand...

americans; get out of your bubble.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps ehg 7/7/13 3:35 AM
to the last both posters:

can you enlighten me please waht/how your posting is related to the subject of this thread as it is "..... Offline Maps"

Never mind
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Peter Mansfield 7/13/13 4:04 PM
Now it seems its not even possible to uninstall the updates , , , or you can do it but there's no option to prevent automatic updating so as soon as you switch on it reports ' updated to the latest version'.   dayumm!!   Google seems to have fallen into assuming that everyone should be online all the time and that being guded to the nearest pub is more inportant than simply having a map which will enable you to find your way across a mountain.  I guess mountains don't pay to advertise; however the reality is that I don't die if I don't make it to the pub but if I get lost on the mountain I might...

Daniel, please.  what we all want and need is the ability to store useful numbers of maps off line (preferably to SD without ridiculous size an d number limits) and not have them arbitrarily self delete when we're half way up a fucking mountain in Khirgistan or Albania and relying on it to get us home. .
If we happen to get online in a town then all the fun stuff may be useful, but we should not have to pay £££££ in international roaming , even if we can find a signal, just to find a road.

If the only point is now to direct us to shops that pay to advertise then we need another provider.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps treebles 7/13/13 5:28 PM
Peter,
Before uninstalling Maps, visit the Setting page of the Play Store in your device and change the Auto-update apps settings to "Do not auto-update apps".
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Ioana Mihaila 7/14/13 1:04 PM
Update after 1 month trip: I downloaded both CoPilot and Orux maps. Orux maps looks beautiful, but in the 5 minutes I spent with it I couldn't figure out how to do what I wanted, so I postponed it for after the trip. CoPilot on the other hand allowed me to download the whole US + Canada. It worked perfectly via satellite everywhere we went (no signal on my cell phone). I actually liked it better after the trial version expired, since I wasn't using the voice navigation anyway and the free version didn't insist on having the red location arrow always in the center of the screen. 
As far as Orux, I feel like I should get some sort of manual/demo before giving it a chance. 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps RDDddd 7/16/13 3:18 AM
I am really disappointed at how many features were stripped out of this app. It used to be perfect and now it feels like the Google Maps of 2010. Why did you have to ruin it? 

- No usable offline save
- No zoom buttons available
- No ability to load My Maps
- No way to clear map
- Directions lacking old features

I really want to revert. I tried installing an APK of an old version but it failed. :(
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps barryhunter 7/16/13 3:28 AM


On Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:18:58 UTC+1, RDDddd wrote:

- No way to clear map

There should be a X to the right of the search box.  

 

I really want to revert. I tried installing an APK of an old version but it failed. :(

The best way is just to Uninstall Maps. You actully revert to the version that came with your device. Thats ususually a pretty recent version. See above about disabling updates. 

I also found its easier to 'side load' a APK for a version newer than installed, than old. So perhaps by reverting first you can then install the APK you found. 
 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Simen Ringstad 7/18/13 2:05 AM
As someone has stated, it is probably some legal mumbo jumbo.

I used OSMand when in Spain. It uses open street maps. You can use google maps in OSMand too. At least you could in earlier versions.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps V@no 7/23/13 10:37 PM
What is the reasoning for restricting it to only to some countries? We can see the map online just fine, why can't we store them for offline????
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps ehg 7/24/13 1:45 AM
google doesn't tell us the reason. 
My guess: its for those countries restricted where Google gets the mapping data from other sources (like Spain or some countries in Asia or Latinamerica)
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps jamie.mcauslane 7/24/13 4:20 PM
Why do Google restrict offline map size? Simple the more you are online, the more money they can make from their services. Google maps 7 for Android is a total joke when it comes to offline maps download size. They've made it even smaller so as to protect their online revenue stream. Daniel just be honest and say that this is the reason, as there is no other logical explanation why you restrict the size and number of offline maps other than Google want us to be online to log what we do to serve us more tailored advertisements. You fail to see the need for offline large maps when driving in areas where we have no data connection. This is short sighted and alienates your users. At least if you were honest and said "Look we provide this great mapping service but we want you online so we can increase our revenue stream, is that okay" I'd put up with it. But the spin that its all for the customer is just that - spin.

By all means answer and tell me the legitimate reason for the offline map size restriction when I can download it free on my unlimited fast broadband connection?! I'm coming to despise Google more each day. Don't even get me started on only being able to comment on Play Store apps if you have a G+ account :-(

Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Shanil Fernando 7/28/13 3:02 AM
 Bring the area you would like to save into view, and then type “OK Maps” in the search box, press enter. Then you will see the message "Pre-Loading Map.."
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Peter Mansfield 8/19/13 7:43 AM
That is clearly not the whole story - since google maps used to work in some parts of Spain but now doesn't - and also other services seem to be able to cover the whole world no problems . . . 
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Peter Mansfield 8/19/13 7:49 AM
Yes - finally that worked: what I had missed was that you have to restart for the change to take effect.  Before I did that it just boomeranged . . .

Anyway - I'm now using MapswithMe as the default app.     Its based on openstreet so the data set is slightly different from Google and the zooming is less ideal (details disappears more quickly as you zoom out.)  However - you can download whatever you like and store to sd card and having road tested it all over Norway and Iceland I can vouch for it as rock solid reliable.  The 'pro'  version also has a neat feature to export a grid reference - handy, eg if you want to send your position to S&R! 

Google has many more features of course but we all agree that offline use is the key thing so for the moment its Google maps for study at home and Mapwithme Pro for use on the road!
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Peter Mansfield 8/19/13 7:56 AM
As mentioned in another post, I;ve been using Mapswithme.    Basic but great and you can download everything to sd card!
Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Vstrommer Lim 9/21/13 2:13 AM
How can i download Taiwan maps?
Currently googgle maps only allow me to download offline coastal area maps only. Half the map downloaded would be sea area which is useless.
Please advise.
Re: Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps ctznx 11/13/13 6:16 PM
hi, i am in taiwan right now. i have a htc sensation xe. i have the latest version of google maps. however, i cant still find the save offline map function... what is going on? just a comment.  google used to be a smart company making a lot of cool inventions. now, google makes tons of stupid changes... sad to see that.

Google Maps for Android - 6.9 update - Offline Maps Dominik Schweizer 1/22/14 11:22 PM
It's been 18 months and I'd like to raise your awareness as to users like me still wishing we had the lab feature to save any place in the world OFFLINE.

On a recent trip I tried to revert to maps 6.8 and found that any time I rebooted my Samsung Galaxy S2 maps were updated to the current version.

Please Google, bring back unlimited offline maps to SD cards!

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