Offline Google Map on Android

If I go to abroad as a tourist before I collect the visiting places on my Google Maps then export it to KML.

In abroad I don't use mobile Internet on the street (very expensive) but I would like to check the places during my way so I need an offline map where my interested places pins on it.

There is an application: Google My Maps but it only works online, is it?

Is there any application or solution where there is an offlineable map and I can import my collected pins kml-file to check the places in the visited city?

You can use Maps.Me. This does not use Google Maps, instead it is based on OpenStreetMap. It allows downloading maps to use offline - you can download a complete country or state at once.

You can add "Bookmarks" on the map for places you are interested in. You can import a KML file as bookmarks. ie email the KML to your phone, then open the file in Maps.Me. And that will add all of the points as bookmarks. These bookmarks work fine offline, and will show on the map and can be searched or used for directions etc.

One alternative would be to enable geolocation in your phones camera app and snap pictures where you would like to drop a point. You could then create points from the the coordinates that you would like to mark from Lat/Long (exif data) in your photos at a later time using Google Earth and export to .kml.

You can download a portion of Google Maps onto your Android phone by zooming to the area that you want to save and then in the search menu type "Ok maps" without the quotation marks. This will save a copy to your phone. Remember to be on WiFi when doing this, as a significant amount of data will be downloaded. Furthermore, no route-planning will be available when using an offline map.

With regards to saving KML / KMZ files onto your phone, and displaying them, I'd suggest using the Google Earth app, rather than the Google Maps app. In this case, you'd simply save your KML / KMZ file to your G-Drive, and load the file through the direct import function in the G-Earth app. I am not certain if it is possible to localize Google Earth visualizations, but you can adjust the cache-size.

OsmAnd — Offline Maps, Travel & Navigation

OsmAnd is an offline navigation application with access to the free, worldwide, and high-quality offline maps.

Enjoy voice and visual offline navigation, viewing points of interest, creating and managing GPX tracks, using contour lines visualization and altitude info (through plugin), a choice between car navigation, cycle navigation or directions in the pedestrian mode, OSM editing and much more. Just download your free maps and get the following:

GPS navigation
• Turn-by-turn voice guidance leads you along the way (recorded and synthesized voices)
• Driving routes get rebuilt whenever you deviate from them
• Lane guidance, street names, and estimated time of arrival will help along the way
• To make your trip safer, day/night mode switches automatically
• You can choose to show speed limit, and get reminders if you exceed it
• You can searches destinations by address, by type (e.g.: parking, restaurant, hotel, gas station), or by geographical coordinates
• Different modes for cycling routes
• You can record your own or upload a GPX track and follow it using GPS navigation
• OSM Public Transport

• Displays POIs (points of interest) around you
• Offline search helps you find the places of interest by opening hours, payment method and other parameters
• Adjusts the map to your direction of motion (or compass)
• Share your location so that your friends can find you
• Shows bicycle routes, hiking paths, and other types of roads
• Allows you to choose how to display names on the map: in English, local, or phonetic spelling
• Displays specialized online tiles, satellite view (from Bing), different overlays like touring/navigation GPX tracks and additional map layers

Nautical Maps
• Information about sea objects and a contour map of sea depth. Basically convenient sea maps you can use without the internet.

• Extremely detailed offline topo maps: contour lines, hillshades, and slopes.

OsmAnd ski maps plugin enables you to see ski tracks with the level of complexity and some additional information, like the location of lifts and other facilities.

OpenStreetMap Data
• High-quality information from the best collaborative projects of the world
• OSM data available per country or region
• Compact offline vector maps updated at least once a month
• Choice between complete region data or just road network (Example: All of Japan is 700 MB or 200 MB for the road network only)

• GPS navigation in cycling mode builds your route using cycling paths
• You can see your speed and altitude
• GPX recording option enables you to record your trip and share it
• Via additional plugin, you can enable displaying contour lines and hill-shading

Walking, hiking, city tour
• The map shows you walking and hiking paths
• GPS pedestrian navigation mode builds your route using walking paths
• You can upload and follow a GPX route or record and share your own hiking routes

Public transport
• Navigation on public transport: Metro, Buses, Tram and so on.

Contribute to OSM
• Report data bugs
• Upload GPX tracks to OSM directly from the app
• Add POIs and directly upload them to OSM (or later if offline)

OsmAnd is open-source and actively being developed. Everyone can contribute to the application by reporting bugs, improving translations or coding new features. The project is in a lively state of continuous improvement by all these forms of developer and user interaction. The project progress also relies on financial contributions to fund coding and testing of new functionalities.

Approximate map coverage and quality:
• Western Europe: ****
• Eastern Europe: ***
• Russia: ***
• North America: ***
• South America: **
• Asia: **
• Japan & Korea: ***
• Middle East: **
• Africa: **
• Antarctica: *

Most countries around the globe are available for download!
Get a reliable navigator in your country - be it France, Germany, Mexico, UK, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Russia, Brazil or any other.

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Google Maps works better offline than ever for navigation. It's easy to download by visiting the Offline areas tab in the settings menu. From there you can download full city maps, including Google's excellent navigation system, for use without internet.

The best part of all, any maps downloaded in your offline areas will be automatically removed after 30 days, so there's no need to worry about unused maps taking up storage space unnecessarily. Or, if you want, you can have them automatically update every month and stay on your phone.

If you don't like Google Maps for some reason, we recommend Here WeGo as the best alternative for offline turn-by-turn navigation.

Go to Settings > Offline areas and download some maps for offline use. / © NextPit Maps - Navigation & Transit

Шаг 6. Подключите устройство Android

Самый простой способ протестировать свое приложение – подключить к компьютеру устройство Android. Выполните инструкции по активации параметров для разработчиков на устройстве Android и настройте ваше приложение и систему для обнаружения этого устройства.

Другой способ заключается в том, чтобы запустить приложение с помощью эмулятора Android. Настройте одно или несколько виртуальных устройств Android с помощью Менеджера AVD. Это позволит вам пользоваться эмулятором Android при сборке и запуске своего приложения. Выбирая эмулятор, убедитесь, что в нем используется версия Android 4.1.1 или выше. Кроме того, выберите образ, содержащий API Google: иначе у приложения не будет необходимых компонентов API среды выполнения. Внимательно ознакомьтесь с инструкциями по настройке ускорения для виртуальных машин и следуйте им при конфигурировании виртуального устройства Android, эмулируемого в системе с архитектурой x86. Это позволит сделать работу с эмулятором более удобной.

Share your location

Share with a person who has a Google Account

  1. If you haven't already, add their Gmail address to your Google Contacts.
  2. ​On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app and sign in. Learn how to sign in.​
  3. Tap your profile picture or initial Location sharing New share .
  4. Choose how long you want to share your location.
  5. Tap the profile of the person with whom you want to share your location. If asked about your contacts, give Google Maps access.
  6. Tap Share.

Share with a person who doesn’t have a Google Account

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app and sign in. Learn how to sign in.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Location sharing New share .
  3. To copy your Location sharing link, tap Copy to clipboard.
  4. To share the link with someone, paste the link into an email, text, or other messaging app.

Stop sharing

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app .
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Location sharing.
  3. Tap the profile of the person you don’t want to share your location with anymore.
  4. Tap Stop.

Share your estimated time of arrival

When you navigate by car, foot, or bicycle, you can share your destination, estimated arrival time, and your current location. The person you share this information with can track your location until you arrive.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app .
  2. Set a destination. Learn how to navigate to a place.
  3. After you start navigation, tap More Share trip progress.
  4. Tap the profile of the person with whom you want to share Share.
  5. When you reach your destination or stop navigation, you stop sharing your location.
    • To stop sharing before you arrive: Tap More Stop sharing.


We Tested 4 GPS Apps That Work Even When You're Offline

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GPS technology has freed us from the tyranny of the printed, folding map. But at the same time, it has made us slaves to our cellular provider's data plan. Many of the leading GPS and mapping app providers, including Waze, Apple Maps, and Google Maps, will only work if you're connected to a network. These services aren't preloaded with map information. Rather they send relevant maps to your phone on the fly, over the air. (Google Maps has limited offline map support, allowing for downloads of maps that are a maximum of 50km x 50km square, which is fine for city walks but insufficient for even a modest day trip.)

So what do you do when travel takes you off the grid, or into a foreign land where your data plan doesn't work? Suggestions like "switch to another carrier" or "carry a standalone GPS device" aren't altogether helpful to the vast majority of users who simply want to use their trusty smart phone to navigate hostile territory like they've become accustomed.

Fortunately, there's a solution: GPS with offline map support. A number of GPS app providers let you (or even require you to) download maps for offline use as a key feature of the system. With offline maps, your phone uses its built-in GPS radio (which works independently of your data plan) to figure out where you are, then simply plots your route on a map that's stored in your phone's memory. With a capable offline GPS app, you won't notice much of a difference versus the traditional maps-on-the-fly method.

To get a look at the market for offline GPS systems, I downloaded four of the most notable names in GPS that support offline maps, turned my cellular data services off, and hit the road. These apps don't represent every last offline GPS tool on the market, but they do cut through a good cross-section of some of the most capable solutions out there.

Sygic GPS Navigation (RATING: 7 iOS, Android, Windows Phone free app, world map is $50, but promotions are common) is a full-featured navigation system, though it's considerably less user-friendly than Iɽ like. Before you get started, you select the states or countries you're traveling in, then download the maps to your device. For 50 bucks, you can get offline maps for most of the paved world.

Search is slow but otherwise capable, even when you're disconnected from data. There's no POI search feature (though a few key POIs like gas stations do appear on the map), so all waypoints or destinations require a physical address, and you'll need to enter that information piece by piece—first city, then street, then house number—rather than all at once like you might be accustomed to.

On the road, Sygic offers both a top-down 2D view and a smart-looking 3D display, complete with local topography. Both are presented in vibrant color, which helps map features stand out when you're driving. I preferred driving with the 3D display, both from an aesthetic and usability standpoint all told it's probably the prettiest looking GPS app in this roundup.

Sygic ships with metric units by default and tends to be quite chatty when using voice navigation. One of the first things you'll want to do is turn off the audio notifications when you're speeding the spoken nagging about it makes for the absolutely worst driving companion ever. Otherwise, instructions are helpful, accurate, and delivered in a timely fashion, and Sygic recovers quickly with new instructions if you miss a turn or take a detour.

While some of the onscreen elements are a little too small to make out at a glance and more than a few elements of the interface are needlessly complicated, on the whole, Sygic is worth consideration. Additional features (all cost extra) include walking instructions, live traffic alerts, speed camera location information, photo-navigation, a heads-up display system, a dashcam feature, and celebrity voices—including both Homer Simpson and Mr. Burns(!).

Navmii (RATING: 8 iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone free app, national map packs are under $5 each), formerly known as Navfree, is an exemplary app that is well worth considering, mainly because most of the functionality of the app, including map packs and offline use, is totally free. Android users can download a single app that covers the whole world, but iOS users have to pick from more than 20 regional options. Within iOS (reviewed here), you can download additional country packs for a nominal fee (the fee varies based on the region).

Navmii is ad-supported, but those ads can be removed with a whopping $2 investment. Even with them, the app is easy to navigate. Designed with streamlined efficiency and a minimalist aesthetic, Navmii gets you from point A to point B as seamlessly as possible. Search is natural and lets you search for full addresses or points of interest. On the road, the interface is presented in a pared-down, Apple-like motif, with minimal clutter and color. While driving, POIs are mostly hidden by default you can activate them on a category basis. The app really seems to be tuned for efficiency roads don't really curve so much as kink angularly at intervals, and spoken directions don't announce street names.

Top 15 GPS Apps For Android

1. Google Maps Go

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One of the most popular and best Android GPS apps used by millions of users around the world is Google Maps. For those with limited memory and unreliable connection, a lighter version is now available: Google Maps Go. It takes up 1000 times less memory on your phone without compromising speed so you can always navigate easily on the go.

Google Maps Go allows you to get step-by-step directions for your chosen route, get public transport schedules, discover new places nearby, and view both satellite and terrain maps. Plus, it’s available in over 70 languages so you’ll be able to find your way wherever you are in whatever country.

2. Waze

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Avoid getting caught off guard by road accidents and other mishaps. Waze provides you with directions to your destination, gives you an estimated time of arrival (ETA), and features a variety of voices that will guide you as you drive.

What’s even better is that Waze also sends you alerts on traffic, police hazards, and more. If there’s an ongoing construction in a road along your route, you’ll be notified and given an alternative route. It also provides directions based on how heavy the traffic is and will give you a faster one. Overall, Waze is the one of the best Android GPS apps for drivers who are traversing the city streets daily.

3. Maps.ME

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No mobile data? Maps.ME has got you covered. This free offline navigation app lets you fast, turn-by-turn directions sans the internet. It also gives you detailed directions to points of interest (POI) that are missing from other maps. And since it’s constantly updated by millions of OpenStreetMap daily, you’ll be getting loads of reliable information.

Aside from getting directions, Maps.ME also allows you to search for ATMs, make hotel bookings, share your location via text or social media, and get updates on traffic information from over 36 countries. These features plus the fact that it is offline, make it one of the best Android GPS apps to download.

4. Polaris GPS Navigation

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If you’re into in-depth navigation, Polaris GPS Navigation is perfect for you. This powerful app is complete with navigational tools: GPS and magnetic compass, parameters panel, odometer, speedometer, altimeter, chronometer, and so much more. It’s one of the best Android GPS apps to use for hiking, sailing, cycling, or hunting.

Polaris is also used for land-sea search and rescue by military personnel. It’s a reliable, fast, and stable GPS app that offers a full suite of navigational tools. For those who are looking for an all-in-one app with a high performance, download Polaris on your Android phone now.

5. HERE WeGo

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Need one of the best Android GPS apps for city navigation without using mobile data? HERE WeGo is a free offline navigation app for city dwellers. Whether you need to ride public transportation or drive on your own, this app will help you reach your destination easily.

HERE WeGo lets you book a ride and gives you a heads-up on your journey, such as cab fares, transit tickets, and parking spaces. If you’re driving, you can compare the fastest routes to your destination, get turn-by-turn directions, and real time traffic information. It’s a handy app for busy people – best of all, it’s offline!

6. Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps

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One of the best Android GPS apps that millions of users have trusted for years, Sygic is a robust and reliable navigation tool. It’s built to work even without internet connection so you can easily find your way around unfamiliar places. The offline 3D maps are incredibly helpful as well as the voice-guided GPS navigation.

Other features that Sygic contains include traffic information and safety features. It has speed limit warnings, dynamic lane assistance, heads-up display, dashcam, real-view navigation, cockpit, and route-sharing.

7. MapFactor

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Need to plan your trip down to the very minute details? MapFactor can help you do just that. As one of the best Android GPS apps, it helps you plan a door-to-door route complete with all the details. Whether you’re driving a car, riding a bike, or taking the bus, you’re provided with a complete route as well as places to avoid.

Although MapFactor is free to download, there are certain features that only come with a paid premium account. Some of these include professional TomTom maps, alternative routes, and live HD traffic information in selected countries.

8. ViaMichelin

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From the tyre manufacturing magnate Michelin comes one of the best Android GPS apps. ViaMichelin is perfect for car owners because of the Michelin maps, real time traffic information, 3D mapping, voice guidance, and community incident alerts. You can optimize your route based on traffic conditions.

You can also plan your holiday getaways with ViaMichelin. Their goal is to provide not just navigation services, but leisurely trips and safe road driving as well. The app gives you a list of Michelin-selected hotels, restaurants, and tourist sites that you can visit during your trip. It also allows you to calculate the total cost of your trip while you’re planning it.

9. MapQuest

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One of the most used and best Android GPS apps in the US and Canada, MapQuest has upgraded its features for its users. It has up-to-date satellite imagery, multi-point routes, speedometer, live traffic cameras, optimized and alternate routing, and many more.

You can also use it as a tool to explore new places nearby. Whether you’re looking for a bar, hotel, or restaurant, simply turn on your location settings and let MapQuest suggest places for you. Or if you need to gas up or have your car fixed, you can also search for the nearest stations and service centers.

10. BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS Pro

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Perfect for those who are always outdoors, BackCountry is the best Android GPS app for off-road topographic mapping. It’s quite expensive than most GPS apps but that’s because it is jam-packed with navigational tools. It has topo maps with terrains, street maps, and marine maps. You can definitely use it for hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, and backpacking.

BackCountry even boasts that it can replace your Garmin handheld GPS. You can purchase additional features such as Accuterra Topo Map Source, boundary maps, lake contours, and trail maps for ATV, equestrian, and whitewater.

11. Maps Measure

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Simple, clean, and no-nonsense. Maps Measure is one of the best Android GPS apps if you just want simple navigational instructions. All you have to do is click on the map for your starting point and destination, and it will calculate the distance, area, and elevation between the two.

Maps Measure doesn’t have route planning features like the other apps. Thus, it’s extremely lightweight and straightforward. If you need an app that only calculates distances between places, this one is for you.

12. SmartNavi

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GPS and navigation apps can quickly drain your phone battery, especially when it’s constantly running in the background. SmartNavi is a lightweight GPS app that solves this dilemma for you. Considered as one of the best Android GPS apps, you can save up to 80% energy since it is GPS independent. It uses internal sensors as you navigate your way around a place, hence the power-saving feature.

SmartNavi will work well for those who don’t have power banks or power sources. Since it does not rely on GPS, it may not give the most precise directions. However, the constant updates and integrations by the developer are making this app better with each version.

13. TomTom GO

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TomTom is also one of the most used navigation tools by millions of users worldwide. It is even argued as one of the best Android GPS apps for its open-source mapping. This sat nav app provides intelligent routing options to give you the best directions based on real time traffic situations. It even has an Advanced Lane Guidance feature to ensure that you’re always driving on the right lane.

This app requires the use of mobile data, but you download offline maps for later use. Additionally, all maps are stored on your phone and receive free updates regularly. This might put a strain on your data storage.

14. Offline Maps and Navigation

Save mobile data costs and phone battery life by downloading Offline Maps and Navigation. Just like its counterparts, it also has voice-guided directions and maps, but it doesn’t require the internet for you to use it.

If you’re looking for a basic app without the fancy feature, Offline Maps and Navigation will suit you well. It has free offline maps, speed camera warnings, smart lane guidance, heads-up display, and millions of POIs. Thus, it is considered by users as one of the best Android GPS apps to download.

15. Magic Earth

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Powered by OpenStreetMaps, Magic Earth is a reliable GPS app without draining your mobile data and phone battery. You can download offline maps for 233 countries and regions, as well as choose between 2D, 3D, and satellite map views.

It also provides you the best routes to take to get to your destination. Whether you’re traveling on foot, biking, driving, or via public transport, you’re sure to get the quickest routes. As an added bonus, you can also check the weather via this app so you’ll know what to expect as you head out.

For all the best mobile apps at your disposal, check out our mobile apps page on Cellular News.

What is Google Maps?

Google Maps is a standard navigation app that provides navigation for anyone, whether they are walking, biking, or using public transit, in addition to driving with detailed turn-by-turn directions and helpful lane designations. If you’re using an Android phone, then it’s the navigation app that comes preinstalled with your phone. Google Maps isn’t just a navigational aid though, as it also shows the location of various businesses, local landmarks, and points of interest, making the app useful for getting a broad overview of a region or part of town, seeing what else is near your destination, and other traditional static map functions. The directions are fairly flexible even while you’re navigating, and you’re able to search along your route for services and add additional stops.

Many of Google’s other popular services like Google Assistant, Google Street View, and Google Search are integrated into Maps, and Google Maps also now has Waze-like features, like real-time traffic updates and augmented reality features that help with directions for walking around new neighborhoods. It makes sense Google would port some of these features over to its (probably) preferred map app, so it could be we eventually see the differences between the two apps disappear.

Google Maps

Google Maps is available on Android and offers all the usual features of the Google service, plus the addition of a GPS feature which makes it impossible to get lost in a big city. Actually, between Google Maps and a GPS, it would be impossible to get lost anywhere in the world.

As is the case with these kinds of applications, you’ll need to be connected to the Internet via 3G to download maps in real time. You can also use the GPS function to watch your position on the map as you move.

By the numbers, Google Maps has information and maps for over 200 countries, information on public transportation in more than 15,000 cities, and detailed information on more than 100 million sites. Yes, that’s right, 100 million.

Included in its many options, Google Maps allows you to choose a destination and plan the shortest route to it by different means of transportation. For example, you can ask the application to find the quickest route using public transportation, or you can search for the best route by foot.

Google Maps is an essential app for any Android user that likes to travel. or just leave the house. Thanks to this application, it is almost impossible to get lost. The only problem is that once you get used to it, you won’t be able to live without it.

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