So far, offline, these apps were often unusable. Lost in the countryside or traveling abroad (so disconnected, or face roaming charges), difficult to use a conventional service using only mobile network. Fortunately, GPS navigation applications enable increasingly an offline use. Follow the guide.
Google Maps application is probably the best known, but not necessarily the most suitable for offline use, at least on iOS. It proposes to do without connection, but a very limited way. Thus, you will tweak: you will anticipate your journey, and go upstream on the network, the “zone” you want to visit. Then the options, click on “save the offline map”.
The app will ask you to zoom in or out in order to “adjust” the area you wish to store. Once registered plan, you can find it in “Your Address”, which are stored (1 month maximum) all the downloaded area, and use even without connection.
The offline mode is however much more substantial on Android. A new version being deployed soon be able to download a city, region or country by filling the area in the search bar. It only remains to download the map in Wi-Fi. The experience wants to be very close to the classic version in line with the POI (points of interest) like hotels, restaurants, practical information such as schedules of openings, address or phone number and of course the route search. After Android, this offline version should soon be focused on iOS Google.
The GPS navigation application Apple is also impractical as Google Maps. Plans do not record a particular portion, but allows you to use the app’s cache, which keeps important card memory areas (larger areas than Google Maps). You will need to fly over the spot where you want to go later (then zoom to the maximum, for details), so that the maps remembers.
As with Google Maps, you need to anticipate your journey – not really suitable if you absolutely need to identify you, and it is unexpected. Better to use with other applications, which are specially designed for offline use.
Available on iOS, Windows Phone and Android, Here capability to download, for free, entire card – a continent, country or region. In the app menu, press “download maps”, then save those corresponding to the places you visit regularly, or places you plan to visit soon.
Here offers an offline mode, which will allow you not only to access your maps (in detail), and search for a route (as long as the start and finish are stored on the card) without any connection.
Maps.me is a GPS service quite impressive, especially in offline mode. Using free data from Open Street Map, project open source and collaborative mapping, this app, available for iOS, Android and Blackberry 10, offers a pleasant usage, with an abundance of detail – the maps are updated regularly .
For safe connection, go to the main menu and click “download maps”. As with Here, you can select the continent, country and region of your choice. Once in offline mode, you can search, access maps and calculate routes (pedestrian, car).
OsmAnd Maps also uses the Open Street Map data. Available for Android and iOS, this service can be used free version, but you can download a maximum of 4 cards without updates. To save more and get updates, you must pay. Again, very detailed maps with points of interest, and a GPS navigation (pedestrian, car, bicycle) used without connection.
Usable iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, CoPilot GPS is limited, but offers a free trial for 7 days. Again, you need to download the map of the country of your choice (main menu, under “my maps”), to locate you without connection.
Offline, can use the downloaded maps (high quality), and calculate routes – but for voice guidance, you need to upgrade to the paid version because in free mode, this option is used that ‘with a connection.
Remains Sygic GPS app, which exists for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Unfortunately a paid app, but offers as CoPilot, a free version for 7 days. Again, you need to download the map of the country of your choice: go to “settings”, “map” and “manage maps”. Offline, you can then stroll through maps (TomTom) 3D high quality and calculate routes.