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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by justmental, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. justmental

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    when using google maps for direction's ie as satnav.
    does the data allways have to be enabled for it to work.
     

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    yes for it to work properly an interet connection is necessary
     
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    many thanks Irate
     
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    I was under the impression, though I may be wrong, that you do not need data once the route has been calculated. After that it uses GPS just like any other sat-nav and it only needs to use data if you go off course and it has to recalculate.

    I only use it in my motorhome as my car has built-in sat-nav, so won't be using Google for a few weeks but the next time I use it I shall try switching off data as I set off.

    Possibly some techie on here can confirm if my understanding of this is correct?

    I used it for the one and only time for a longish journey last month and it was excellent. I didn't bother about data use as I'm on an unlimited data plan.

    However, I shall be going to mainland Europe where data use is more expensive, so I too will eventually need to know if data is used for navigation.
     
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    i will try that sunday Motorhomer
     
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    How do I download the offline google maps?
     
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    to download maps for offline viewing, u can press and hold on a point on the map, click the title that opens.. and u should see an option called Download map area. u can then select an area and that will be available offline.

    im not sure how it is after u calculate the route.. probably it stores the route and the route map area in the cache so if u calculated online, u could probably go offline.
     

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