Technology is gradually replacing traditional GPS device from the market with Smartphone GPS and online map. You don’t need to carry a separate GPS device when you use your Smartphone as GPS device and you can enjoy almost realtime traffic updates on your phone.
Mobile GPS App also provides some other useful information in addition to traffic updates. This includes road hazard warning, accident reports, red light camera notifications etc. Real-time gas price, store reviews are few of the other features you can get with your Smartphone map apps.
As long as you have a smart phone with any of the map apps like Google Map, Waze or Apple Map app, you can easily share the accurate location just by few tap on your phone. Please see the instruction to Share your Exact Location from Google Map / Waze / Apple Maps
Compare to the GPS device, Mobile based GPS can immediately start to use with any MAP (offline or online) apps. If you have a built in GPS tablet, you can replace your GPS with this tablet and Offline map. Even if you want to get a dedicated tablet for GPS, there are several low price tablets available with built in GPS.
By default, these apps are online apps, and may not perform well if you don’t have a live internet connection. There are some workarounds to resolve this issue and you can use these maps in offline. This offline map is required if you have low data plan or when you use the map in a place where you can’t access internet through your mobile data or WiFi.
Compare to Waze Map, Google is providing features to save offline MAP for the cities or a specific area you like. Google lets you save up to 20 offline maps for 30days period.
Save Google Map Offline
This workaround is common for both Android and iOS devices. To save your data, you have to do this within your WiFi network if you are worried about your data plan. First, open Google Map app from your Android or iOS device. Make sure you are signed into your Google Account within your Google Map Applications. Search the zip code or city you want to save the offline map.
Now tap on the bottom bar of the Google map app where it shows the name of the place you searched. The Google map app will open a new window in the app itself. In this new window, top right corner, you see a touch menu as mentioned in the picture.
This will bring you a window to save the map offline and you can pan and zoom the map before you save. The biggest size for an offline map is around 30miles x 30miles. You can name your offline map and save to your device for future use. Please keep in mind, after 30 days, this offline map will be automatically deleted from your account.
View the Saved Google Offline Map
Open your Google Map application within your Android or iOS device and make sure you logged into the app with the same account that you save the offline map before.
Now tap on the Google App menu and tap on Your places. Scroll down all the way down until you see Offline maps tap View all and manage. Now you can see all the saved offline maps over there.
You can tap any one of these maps to get an additional menu where you can Rename, Update or Delete the saved maps.
Save Waze Map Offline
Waze is a community based, feature rich, real-time traffic and other road alert power map app. Unfortunately, Waze is not offering any built in feature to save the map offline. But there are some workaround to get an offline copy of the Map.
If you want to get an Waze map offline, you have to open Waze application ahead with your WiFi or data connection and enter the address you want to go. Once the routing is completed, Waze will keep this map details in cache until you close the app. You can use this cached map details for your trip without an internet connection. Please be aware that while you offline, you won’t get any map updates or traffic updates until you connect your mobile device into an internet connection.
Download Waze traffic info
Make sure your device connected to the internet, open Waze App and type the location you want to go. Once Waze routed your destination, tap on the Waze icon to get menu and tap on a tiny setting icon on the new pop-up window. Waze Settings > Advanced Settings > Data transfer > Download traffic info > turn on to save the current traffic information.
In addition to this traffic info, this window will show you how much data already cached by Waze app and you can update your map information from this window.
Google MAP and WAZE Map (community based) apps are the best online maps available for mobile devices with amazing features for free of cost. Recently Microsoft also implements the offline map feature in the latest Windows10 OS.
Don’t have time to convert your required maps to offline? You can buy the dedicated offline maps that can purchase for your Android phone or tablet. These Free Offline Android Maps can convert your phone or tablet into a dedicated GPS device without spending money for the data plan.
When you deal with the mobile online app, and if you don’t want to invest on any paid offline map, go with Google Offline Map feature. If you have data connection all the time with your mobile device, Waze will be the best bet with its real time data update like traffic, road hazard, speed cams, accidents and all other important updates and social sharing feature.