4 Best Offline Maps Apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Thanks to Google Maps and other apps, we often overlook the importance of maps and location services. While useful in familiar surroundings, they become more complicated when traveling abroad. Roaming charges in foreign countries can be exorbitant, resulting in hefty bills, even for minimal data usage.
To avoid these expenses, it’s best to use offline maps. Download the map for your destination country and access it when connected to Wi-Fi to avoid excessive data charges.
With offline search function available, these apps function like regular map apps. By using GPS instead of data, you can find your current location and navigate without getting lost. While not as precise as turn-by-turn navigation, it is still significantly more helpful than being completely lost.
1. Google Maps
The Google Maps app for Android and iOS has an offline feature, but it’s limited. You can make the current map area offline by tapping the search bar, scrolling to the bottom, and selecting “Make this map area available offline”. On iOS 7, it says “Save map to use offline”. To maximize the app’s features, check our detailed guide.
Convenience. If you already have Google Maps on your phone and only need an offline map of your current area, there’s no need to download another app.
Maps With Me Lite is a free offline app for various platforms, including BlackBerry. You can download offline maps for any country on Wi-Fi before going out because they are large downloads. The map of India is approximately 100 MB, and the entire USA is around 1 GB, which you can download by states. Once downloaded, you can zoom and pan around any area, and relevant information will appear as you explore the region further. Maps With Me provides basic street names but lacks contextual data. The pro app allows you to search and bookmark locations.
Maps With Me is a useful app to have, as you never know when you might need it.
3. Here Maps For Windows Phone
If you own a Nokia Lumia phone, Here Maps come preinstalled. You can also install the app on other Windows Phone devices. Here Maps is like Google Maps for Windows Phone. They are not bad. If you live in Europe or India where Windows Phone market is good, Here Maps offer localized features such as traffic reports and free turn by turn navigation that’s sometimes better than Google’s. But this depends on your location.
Google Maps is an alternative to Here Maps on Windows Phone. When you open the app, it prompts you to download maps for offline use. If you missed it, you can go to the three-dotted menu and select “Download Maps.” Then, choose “Download New Maps” to get the localized map for offline use.
What is it good for? If you’re on Windows Phone, this is your best (and the only good) bet.
4. Galileo Offline Maps For iOS
Galileo is an improved version of Maps With Me. The offline maps in Galileo are 60% smaller than Maps With Me, saving users both download costs and storage space. Additionally, Galileo offers free offline map search, while Maps With Me requires a paid subscription for this feature.
Galileo is a comprehensive maps app. The paid upgrade includes driving mode, GPS track recording, bookmarks, and other features. However, it’s only available on iOS, so Android users should stick with Maps With Me.
If you’re using an iPhone, Galileo is the app to choose. It’s free and supports offline search.
What apps or maps do you use for easier travel? Let us know in the comments.
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