Tips for Mobiles

How to Access Offline Android Maps with Pre-Cache Labs Feature

The Google Maps is the best mapping service provided by Google for free for non-commercial use. The Google Maps services is available on the smartphones to provide point to point navigation. Here in this article we will go on how to access offline Android Maps parts with Pre-Cache Labs features.

Access Offline Android Maps with Pre-Cache Labs Feature

This is how you can enable Offline Maps access on Pre-Cache Labs –

  • Open Maps in your Android mobile phone.
  • Wait until the maps loads fully and then press the Menu button. Further choose More options > Labs.Google Maps Labs
  • Google keeps experimenting on the on the various features and takes inputs from the users to improve their services to provide new improvements. All the experimental features are present in Labs section of the Maps and users who wish to try out this feature can enable them.Google Maps operation
  • In the Labs section you will find the a feature called “Pre-Cache Map Area“. This options once enabled will be able to load your Google Maps in the places where you don’t have internet connection.Pre Cache Labs
  • Something like if you are going on a trip for a place where there is no data coverage, the ‘Precache map area‘ option on the Place Pages will load up the map area before you go. The users one time have to load that place on their phone to catch the cache map area. Once you do that it will take certain time to Precache map area within the 10 meters of area that you have selected.Pre Cache Download




  1. QosmiK

    June 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

    It’s nice to be able to pre-cache maps.
    Indeed when I am within the pre-cached map area (and with 3G/4G signal deliberately turned off) the GPS automatically calls up the map and displays my position on the road.

    However if I enter a location within the map that I want to actively navigate to, the system simply tells me that there is no cell tower signal and keeps trying to get a signal.
    I thought that once the map is in memory the full navigation system would totally work including voice directions and rerouting information.

    Am I doing something wrong or is it simply that no active navigation is possible unless there is also a cell tower signal?

    Thank you.

  2. Farooq

    March 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Its a good feature but you can only download max of 10 pre cache maps not more then that. If you wish to download an entire country or a very large area you cant do that.

  3. Faheem

    January 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Yes its good feature but it does not allow to store full detalis.I mean it only stores roads but does not stores all the deatils about all places .

  4. B P Bhat

    December 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Dear Yogesh, Thanks a lot for your write up. I will be going to North East in a weeks time. There are no signals in many places. So this will be very much useful to me. But I di’nt understand this feature completely.

    I followed your instructions. And I pressed my finger at Guwahati and clicked on \precache map area\. It followed the steps as told by you and said \The out lined area of the map has been pre cached\, by showing a square.

    Now can you tell me how I can see this map in a place where there is no signal (say I want to check this by making \Flight mode ON\)

    And how I can see the entire state of Assam with this feature?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Yogesh Patel

      December 5, 2011 at 9:30 am

      You don’t need to do anything. When you are in Assam or the place for which you have set precache map area, it will be automatically shown on your phone when you are at that place. I hope its clear now. In turn what we are doing is storing (downloading on to phone) a place map location area and when you have no signal on your phone, the precache is accessed.

  5. Malky

    November 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    In the last paragraph, don’t you mean 10 miles instead of meters?

    Great idea though I and for one am looking forward to it working in my apps which depend on this.



    • Yogesh Patel

      December 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      Hey its just 10 meters, 10 miles is big distance.

      • TheWizz

        December 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        Was this a joke? It says 10 mi right there, not 10m. Duh!

  6. Pankaj

    November 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm


  7. Tushar Agarwal

    November 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks. I dint knew about this option on Google Maps app, the precache map feature is so helpful, i face a lot of problem in loading the map where there is no 3G connectivity, gprs takes too much time.

  8. bilal

    November 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks neal

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Good to see quick comments coming up.

      • bilal

        November 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm

        No probleme yogesh and neal brothers i am 24/15hours on because i love this webdite i was eating when this tips appeared i was late but good tips i am 15 hours on just for an new bther rom for samsung galaxy s gt-i9000 i am waiting an decent rom than xxjvt with battery backuo and excellent improvement of wifi and with more functions

        • NeaL Pradeep

          November 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

          thanks a lot bilal for the trust in us, do spread a word bout the same to your friends as well so that they too can benefit.

        • bilal

          December 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm

          Ok neal

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.

Most Popular

To Top