Now you can use Google Maps even when you lose your connection

Losing internet access will no longer be an issue when you're trying to use Google Maps.

Google figured it could find a way to offer most of the Google Maps features while the user is either online or offline.

Google announced this new feature at Google I/O back in May, and updates of the Google Maps app on Android are starting to roll out now. Users can search for and download beforehand a map for any area they want by searching for the place by country, county or city.

The update also allows you to search the maps and view information about places on the map and view business hours, contact details, and ratings.

"That means that quick and easy access to information is still not possible for a majority of the population", said Amanda Bishop, product manager for Google Maps, in a blog post. Areas will only be downloaded to a user's device when connected to Wi-Fi to prevent large amounts of data usage, Bishop said. Alternatively, users can head into "Offline areas" and tap on the "+" button to add an offline location.



Vanessa Coleman