HERE for Android: How to manage offline maps

Philip Barker
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HERE for Android is now available for your smartphone. And unlike most of its rivals, you can download all the maps you want onto your smartphone so you won’t need an internet connection. It’s perfect for traveling abroad, navigating busy cities and remote outposts, helping to keep you on track and saving on data costs!

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The fact you can download maps onto your phone itself offers plenty of advantages, including finding your location, searching for places, getting directions and turn by turn navigation in 99 different countries, all using just your phone’s GPS. You won’t need an internet connection, and that makes things a lot easier when you’re trying to manage data at home or abroad.

Downloading maps with HERE for Android is easy.

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Simply open the app, and tap the menu button at the top left of the screen. The fourth option down is ‘Download maps’ – tap this, and you’ll be able to download new maps, in addition to view the ones you already have available.

Click ‘Download new maps’ or ‘Download more’, and you’ll be able to pick the area you want to download maps from: Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceana, Europe, North and Central America and South America.

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It’s easy to download the entire area if you have space on your smartphone, with the option at the top of the list, or you can also download individual countries. In some cases, like large countries such as the US, Russia, UK and Germany to mention a few, you can also download a specific region or state. With plenty of detail on board, the maps can take up a lot of space if you go overboard (9,062MB for Europe, for instance), so it makes a lot more sense to stick with the countries you’ll actually use. As you can see from the image above, the different countries, areas and even states vary dramatically in size, so it’s worth checking to see what you need before you start downloading.

Once you select an area or country, you’ll be asked if you want to switch to Wi-Fi to save on costs. Click ‘Continue’, and the map will be downloaded to your phone.

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And that’s it. With the map stored on your phone, there’s no need to use mobile data when you’re exploring new locations, saving you both time and money!

Find out more about offline mapping with HERE for Android:

HERE for Android is quite smart: once you have downloaded the maps you need, you can just as easily switch the app online to make sure you get traffic info, transit timetables and richer information about places. Your internet connection will be required for those services, but not to display the map. Or you can decide to use the app completely offline (there’s an option for that in the menu) and you won’t use any data at any time, but you will be still able to search for places, plan routes, get turn-by-turn navigation and even transit connection (without timetables).

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Topics: Mobile apps, Features, HERE for Android

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