Android - Get offline maps in new Google Maps

Open Google Maps and search for the area you want to cache (or just zoom in on it).

  1. Tap the search bar.
  2. Type "Okay Maps" (some people report success with just "OK Maps") in the search bar.
  3. Tap the search icon

You'll be dropped back at the maps view, and you'll see a notification that the area was copied to your clipboard or otherwise cached. Now, even offline you'll still be able to zoom down to the same level you were at on that map area. enter image description here

Update: Apparently there was enough of a hue and cry about it that they've added a button, although "ok maps" will still work.

Not the same as the old offline maps, but better than nothing I suppose.

Having come under fire for (mostly) removing the option to save offline maps in its new Android app, Google has pushed a new update that makes it easier for users to save local areas to their device. In a post on Google+, the company notes that its "engineering team has been working around the clock" to add a "Make this map area available offline" card inside the app, mimicking the functionality of the 'OK maps" command.

(source: The Verge)

At least I'm not the only one who regrets the removal of this feature.

The other problem with the redesign is that Google (mostly) removed the option to save offline maps — a feature that was only a year old to begin with. Power users still have a way to cache maps locally, however. Daniel Graf, director for Google Maps, tells us that the company's engineers were just as unhappy with the loss of the feature as we were, so they built an Easter egg. When you type in "OK maps" (or "okay maps") into the search box, it will save a cached version of the visible map area locally. It's not as convenient or manageable as proper offline maps, but at least it's an option — assuming you remember it's there.

(source: The Verge)


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