Caching Google Maps to Use Offline

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  1. devin

    devin Member

    I don't currently have a data plan. Since I'm on WiFi 95% of the time, I don't plan on getting one. The only thing I haven't been able to do easily (without a data plan) is use Google Maps while driving/walking.

    If I load the maps before leaving a WiFi hotspot, my location is tracked and I can pan around the map. Of course, as soon as I want to view another uncached portion of the map, I can't.

    Maps are small, and it would be perfect if I could cache maps for a certain area - say everything within 100 mi of my house. Any ideas?


  2. I doubt highly that will ever happen with gmaps. It is so tethered to the web. But its only a matter of time (after the market can start charging you) that we will see something with turn based directions and a map library; something like TomTom for windows mobile.
  3. devin

    devin Member

    Yeah, you're probably right. It would be nice to have a local gmaps library, because there are many apps that integrate with gmaps.
  4. zeitinfarkt

    zeitinfarkt New Member

    why don't you just check out if MapDroyd is the right application for you. MapDroyd is a free, true off-line map viewer for Android phones. It uses content from OpenStreetMap and provides maps for the whole world.
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  5. itsmoirob

    itsmoirob Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the heads up on that.

    I've just been looking through the info on the website but can't find an answer to something I'm looking for, perhaps I overlooked it, can you help?

    Can you download the maps to an SD card in your phone or does it need to use the phones memory?
  6. zeitinfarkt

    zeitinfarkt New Member

    Since there's no way to store maps - of even small countries - on the phone memory MapDroyd uses your external storage (SD card) in order to store and load the map files from. The larger your SD card capacity is the more maps you can have with you.
  7. itsmoirob

    itsmoirob Well-Known Member

    Thanks you for clearing that up, it's good to hear.
    Due to android not reading apps from an SD card I was worried that the maps would need to be stored on the phones memory, using it all up.
  8. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member

  9. Carl C

    Carl C Well-Known Member

    AndNav2 has the facility to store maps offline too :)
  10. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member

  11. zeitinfarkt

    zeitinfarkt New Member

    Yes, as you say there're lot of activities in this area. Other than the application you mention, MapDroyd does _not_ cache any map tiles like RMap does. It stores OSM (whole) vector maps on your local device (sd card) and does not cache map images.
  12. Carl C

    Carl C Well-Known Member

    Cykret is not showing AndNav2 but trust me it is on the Market! Have a look via your phone :)

    By the way , anyone notice "Google search by voice" doesn't appear on Cykret either but it's definitely on the Market.

    Carl C :D
  13. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member

    Not for me in the US on Tmobile.
  14. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member

    Map Droyd doesn't seem to want to work. I tried a few times to download the 18MB file to my sd card that I needed with the Content Droyd app. No dice.

    Anyone else try these?
  15. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member

    I've had great success with the MapDroyd (incl. ContentDroyd); I've downloaded maps for Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Austria, and all the locations I know well seem to be fully represented -- in fine detail. However some of those maps take half an eternity to download, I'll give you that.

    I briefly tried RMaps, but uninstalled it again for some reason I can't remember.
  16. mjschmidt

    mjschmidt Well-Known Member

    I installed Mapdroid and Contentdroid, and DLed the map for Ontario. I notice it's kinda slow. Still playing with it.
  17. reason930

    reason930 New Member

  18. wakela

    wakela Member

    Will any of these allow me to import a map created with Google maps?
  19. reason930

    reason930 New Member

    RMaps supports .tar and .sqlitedb maps created by SAS.Planet and TrekBuddy Atlas Creator respectively.
    Both support Google Map and OpenStreetMap if I remember correctly.
  20. josemas

    josemas New Member

    Hi all;

    Have you seen this?



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  21. flowersinlondon

    flowersinlondon Active Member

    Does any of these offline applications provide directions from a to b and also track me as I am travelling? Like how tom-tom does.
  22. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member

    Awesome. I had not seen that. Thank you. I am curious of your review of it.
  23. caretaker

    caretaker New Member

    I used TrekBuddy atlas creator on google map but was unable to make the zoom beyond 17x.

    Is there any way to view zoom over google map at 18x or more???
  24. jjarvis0007

    jjarvis0007 New Member

    I am totally lost on how to download offline maps to my phone. I have oruxmaps and trekbuddy atlas creator on my pc and can't figure out how to create a map and download it to my phone to use offline. NEED HELP!?!
  25. Fatal Exception

    Fatal Exception Well-Known Member

    I too am interested in this. I'm going on Holiday in a few weeks and don't want to use data to view maps.

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