Google Maps for iOS lets you navigate offline, finally

The ability to do things ‘offline’ might seem like a given, but it’s a feature that’s increasingly rare.

Google has finally added offline navigation to the iOS version of Google Maps.

The feature has already been available on Android for around a month, but it’s now made the hop across the digital pond.

Offline navigation means you can save a select area of a map and store it locally on your device – an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

As well as being able to view the map, you’ll also be able to get directions, as well as details about local establishments e.g. opening hours of a restaurant, or a phone number for a massage parlour.

Whether you download a map or not is really down to how much storage space you’re willing to sacrifice.

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As The Verge notes, downloading New York City will portion of a hefty 300MB of your memory.

Do note, however, that these locally stored maps expire after one month, so you won’t be missing storage if you forget to delete a city after, say, going on holiday there.

The update also adds a number of other features to Google Maps for iOS, including petrol pricing, and the times of day when local businesses are most busy.