Using Google Maps without an Internet connection

The famous paper maps that we could not spend when visiting a city we did not know have been moved to second place with the advent of new technologies to our mobile phones, thanks to its GPS and famous mapping applications, we provide all the information necessary to know a city, get an address or monument or calculate the best route for car, bus or bicycle.

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But things get complicated when we travel abroad or have a data rate that does not allow us to make extended use of these tools, because for this we need data connection. However, there is a way to use these applications, such as Google Maps or Apple Maps, so that does not involve the need to stay connected and this involves excessive consumption data, which on the other hand abroad raise their cost .

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To use maps and get to a certain point without having to stay connected, Google Maps does not offer a way to navigate the maps offline. To do this, we have to do is open the application to find the place where we want to go and then tap on the bar shown at the bottom with the site we have sought.
Next, we need to click on the menu icon, the three points shown on the top right of the screen, and select the Save offline map that will keep us selected area of the map for future reference without being connected.

Apple Maps

It also allows users to browse offline but it works differently from what we have seen previously with Google Maps since it requires more preparation.

To use Apple Maps offline, the first thing we do is open the app and search our destination. Then select the bubble that appears and we click on “getting here”. Then we choose the option route and can see the directions to our step by step later if we need them, and then start the navigation destination.
At that point we can turn off the WiFi or data connection used since Apple Maps is based on caching and therefore, the blue dot will move us indicating the next step to take to get us to our marked destination Map.

Google Maps is the default tool from Google that offers satellite images from around the world, street maps and the possibility of seeing them with images (Street View) and generate route plans to get from one place to another on foot, by bicycle, by public transport or by car.

Therefore, Google Maps is also GPS Google because it brings with himself the “Navigate” integrated tool. Still, Google Maps until now was practically useless if you did not have internet access. Consequently, secondary GPS services like TomTom or Here Maps were used by users who want to view maps and set routes without necessarily being connected to the internet.


As we announced a few days ago, finally the Google Maps application lets you download the map of a city or area then display it without internet connection. This new feature allows thus save entire cities in the memory of your device so that I can trace paths from one place to another and keep my position with the GPS on my mobile. All this, always without internet connection.

Although there are other applications that allow make this process or even do better, none of them uses Google maps. And sometimes these applications downloading all maps of an entire country, and really just want a city and its surroundings, so we are wasting memory space on your device. Consequently, Google Maps gives you the ability to download only the area you’re interested.

Mazda3: tecnologia al servizio del comfort

The Mazda brand is synonymous with innovation, quality and technology. These have always been the pillars of the building philosophy of the Hiroshima house, whose cars are designed and engineered to combine the best of the highest reliability and driving pleasure with environmental and passenger safety.

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Mazda3 is no exception. Launched in 2014 with a range of engines that include brilliant 1.5L 100hp petrol engines, 2.0L 165 bhp and 150 bhp 2.2 diesel has established itself with European customers looking for an average car with aggressive design able to offer equipment , perceived quality of a higher segment car and a high ride comfort combined with driving pleasure and fuel economy. Mazda has recently completed this successful range with the launch of the new diesel engine SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter, complying with Euro 6 mated to a manual or automatic six-speed gearbox and capable of delivering 77 kW / 105 hp of maximum power at 4,000 rpm / min. and less than 270 Nm of torque over a wide RPM range of the engine (1600 to 2500 rev / min). The new engine consumes just 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined) and releases only 99 grams of CO2 per 100 km (combined) performance while allowing very respectable (from 0 to 100 km / h in 11 ” net).

The small diesel 1.5D Skyactiv, perfect for the Italian market, is a small jewel of automotive engineering. Built around Mazda’s 2.2-liter turbo diesel unit is lightened by 50 kg, the new 1.5-liter engine has been developed in order to improve efficiency, driveability, pleasure and ride comfort through the refinement of engine technology and the use of advanced technological solutions.

Take, for example, every effort has to be able to get the “perfect combustion”, ie the one that allows to make the most of all the energy produced by the fuel. A search that led to the adoption of an exceptionally low compression ratio for a diesel engine (14.8: 1) which offers unparalleled benefits in finding the best air / fuel mixture and the maximum combustion efficiency is guaranteed by the sequence d ‘ multistage injection of optimized engine thanks to the effect of high-dispersion atomization of a nozzle of solenoid injection, which, combined with the adoption of a new upper combustion chamber of the ovoid shaped piston ensures in a complete burn and the optimal mixture, to the benefit of fuel consumption and emissions.

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But the 1.5 D Skyactiv is not only synonymous with low fuel consumption and emissions, but – as every engine that comes out of the production lines at Hiroshima – is also the pleasure of driving an indispensable asset. To get a better engine responsiveness at every rpm, Mazda then fitted the small variable geometry turbocharger fitted to the 1.5 Skyactiv-D with a speed sensor that allows you to raise the turbocharger rotation limit to more than 12,000 g / min. Then, to remedy to a problem typical of small diesel units with direct injection, (the typical clicking of diesel) the new 1.5-liter turbo diesel engine, intended for Mazda3 was equipped exclusively with a new technology that represents a real gem engineering: the Natural Sound Smoother.

The Natural Sound Smoother (literally “damper of the natural noise”) involves a much ingenious solution as simple: mounting a dynamic damper site inside the pin which joins the piston to the connecting rod. This shock absorber working in contrast with the vibrations of the engine gets a net reduction of the same and noise from knocking around 3.500 kHz, that is, the perceptible frequency on board at start or in the constant speed driving.

The Natural Sound Smoother is thus able to greatly improve the engine noise and acoustic comfort in the use citizen. That fact is one of the features that immediately strikes the driver and passengers of the Mazda3 1.5 diesel, which for noise and acoustic comfort is more similar to a gasoline engine to a diesel.

Mazda with models of the 6th generation fruit of Skyactiv technology, and in particular with the latest engine evolution of the Mazda3 range has not only re-engineered and totally revolutionized the constructive philosophy of engines, transmissions and chassis, but has also put at the center designing the human component: the driver, with a more dynamic driving and very low environmental impact and passengers with a comfortable ride and a flexibility of exceptional gear.

To achieve this ambitious goal on the third generation of the Mazda3 were applied innovatile technologies in order to guarantee a driving experience without compromises every day.