Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. Thread Author  Thread Author    #1  

    Default Moto G tip: maps without carrier plan

    Are you considering the Moto g as an accessory device? Do you want to use it for music and exercise and... Navigation? But you don't want a carrier plan

    Go to the maps app. Zoom in on an area you will be traveling, and type in the search bar "Ok maps"

    The area of the screen you are viewing will be cached for offline use.

    Now you have a GPS for running (google tracks app) or navigation, and no data connection is necessary.
  2. #2  
    Golfdriver97's Avatar

    Posts
    13,536 Posts
    Global Posts
    13,810 Global Posts
    ROM
    Stock Moto X

    Default Re: Moto G tip: maps without carrier plan

    Thanks for the tip.

    Devices: Current: Nexus 5, Moto X, Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0); Retired: Galaxy S2 (Epic 4G Touch); Traded: Galaxy S3
    When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be - Lao Tzu
    Community Guidelines and also here
  3. #3  

    Default Re: Moto G tip: maps without carrier plan

    I dont think you can use turn by turn on google maps even if you have cached maps. It would still need data.

    other features should work like you mentioned. Last time i checked it didn't work but maybe they have added this feature recently. i will try it out
    Fancy A Break From Your iPhone? Have an Android Kit Kat
  4. #4  

    Default Re: Moto G tip: maps without carrier plan

    Depending on where you are, you can download Navfree and use that offline

    Sent from my XT1032 using Tapatalk
  5. #5  
    mtvictor's Avatar

    Posts
    88 Posts
    Global Posts
    198 Global Posts

    Default Re: Moto G tip: maps without carrier plan

    Wow, it worked on my nexus 7. :o

    Posted via Android Central App
  6. Thread Author  Thread Author    #6  

    Default Re: Moto G tip: maps without carrier plan

    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    I dont think you can use turn by turn on google maps even if you have cached maps. It would still need data.

    other features should work like you mentioned. Last time i checked it didn't work but maybe they have added this feature recently. i will try it out
    Pretty sure I'm right. A garmin GPS doesn't need an Internet connection, and a phone shouldn't either, unless it needs to download maps, which, if cached, it doesn't.
  7. #7  

    Default Re: Moto G tip: maps without carrier plan

    Quote Originally Posted by jrsharp70 View Post
    Pretty sure I'm right. A garmin GPS doesn't need an Internet connection, and a phone shouldn't either, unless it needs to download maps, which, if cached, it doesn't.
    dont compare gramin with google maps.. I tried caching and navigating and it gave me network error.

    Have you tried it?
    Fancy A Break From Your iPhone? Have an Android Kit Kat
  8. #8  

    Default Re: Moto G tip: maps without carrier plan

    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    dont compare gramin with google maps.. I tried caching and navigating and it gave me network error.

    Have you tried it?
    Offline navigation does work but there are a few gotchas that you have to be aware of.

    Firstly you have to ensure that you search for your destination and cache the map (using ok maps as indicated) whilst you have internet connectivity.

    Then you should ensure that you leave the maps app on the screen where you are about to hit the start navigation button with the suggested route visible. You can return to your home screen though and when you are about to start your journey and assuming you no longer have internet connectivity you can reload the maps app. As long as you are then taken back to where you can hit the start navigation button it will work. But if you try to search for your destination again, even though the map is cached, you have to have internet connectivity to do so.

    Other things to be aware of is that although the whole map area is cached, only the route suggested initially is cached. So if you go off route you will be left without verbal and visual directions. You will just see the arrow on the map moving along the map. If you manage to rejoin the suggested route then it suddenly comes back to life. If you only go a bit off route then it sometimes gives you visual directions and if verbal directions continue then you will notice that you will lose street names and will simply get "turn left, turn right" etc. If you go further off route then it stops as mentioned previously.

    I know all this because I've done it several times just to see what it could and couldn't do when offline.


    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 88
    Last Post: 02-26-2014, 10:07 AM
  2. Moto X aftermarket wireless charging?
    By droible in forum Moto X
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 02-23-2014, 11:20 PM
  3. Replies: 21
    Last Post: 02-06-2014, 06:02 AM
  4. Moto X or Galaxy S4
    By marki86 in forum General News & Discussion
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 01-29-2014, 12:15 PM
  5. Considering Moto X. Would like user opinions
    By darkehawke in forum Moto X
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 01-27-2014, 02:38 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

B