Google Maps is an invaluable resource for finding your way around town, but how much data does Google Maps use, and how does it work?
In this article, I’ll answer those questions and provide tips on how to reduce Google Maps data usage.
No, GPS doesn’t use phone data. The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based navigation system that provides location and time information to GPS receivers, and it doesn’t require an active data connection to work. But, it works with other apps that do require your mobile data.
Google Maps uses a combination of satellite imagery, aerial photography, and topographic data to provide detailed maps of the world. This data is then combined with information from Google’s database of over 200 million businesses and points of interest to provide you with the most up-to-date and comprehensive map possible.
When you use Google Maps, your device will automatically connect to the nearest cell tower and request data from Google’s servers.
The amount of data used depends on the area size and the level of detail (e.g., street names, transit information). For example, a small area with only a few streets will use less data than a large area with many streets, transit lines and other details on the map.
It can use 5 -10 MB per hour when you just estimate routes without zooming in the area or using additional features. However, if you choose to see more things on the map, change routes, and actively use Google Maps, it can use two to four times more mobile data.
To see how much data you’re using, open the Google Maps app on your device and look for the “Data usage” section in the Settings menu to see much data has been used in the past month.
If you’re going to be without an internet connection, you can still use Google Maps by downloading an offline map.
To do this:
You can also download an offline map from the “Settings” menu.
When you’re offline, you’ll be able to access your downloaded map by tapping on the “My Places” button in the top-right corner of the Google Maps app.
Keep in mind that offline maps are only available for a limited time, and they’ll expire if you don’t use them for an extended period of time. Also, if you’re using offline maps, you won’t get updates on the conditions on the roads and possible traffic jams.
If you’re concerned about the amount of data that Google Maps uses, you can do a few things to reduce that number.
So, how much data does Google Maps use on smartphones? Unfortunately, the answer is — quite a lot. However, you can use Google Maps in offline mode, and if you’re careful about when and how you use it, you can minimise the amount of data.
On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about it if you have an unlimited data plan or a portable Wi-Fi.
The amount of data that is used per trip will depend on the size and scope of the area. But, generally, you can expect to spend from 10-50 MB per hour, depending on how you use the app.
One gigabyte (GB) of data will last more than 100 hours.