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How to use Google Maps offline: 4 easy steps

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

How to download Google Maps

  1. Search for the location you want to save in Google Maps
  2. Tap the bottom info bar and tap Download
  3. Choose the size of the region
  4. To view, tap the top left menu button then tap Offline areas

 

How to download and use downloaded maps

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a hefty amount of usage over time. Most of Google Maps data use is incurred when initially searching for the destination and charting a course. Fortunately, Google has hooked us up with a feature that downloads entire regions of Maps over a Wi-Fi connection, letting you complete your journey without having to connect to a cellular network.

The previous version of offline Google Maps would only let you view downloaded regions of a map, which was useful but still required you to connect to the Internet to start a navigation or search for a specific location. Google’s latest update offers a much better offline experience for users. Turn-by-turn navigation, location searches and establishment info can all be accessed without a data connection.

Once you know how to download Google Maps for offline use, you’ll be able to have a smooth, uninterrupted experience even when traveling through a low reception area.

Keep in mind that you can’t save the whole world. That’s Superman’s job. While there’s a limit on the amount of data you can cache, you can save a pretty large area before you hit the max.


Our Moto G6 Play review

moto G6 play

An exceptional phone at an affordable price

Motorola phones with impressive specs at a great price aren’t hard to come by these days. You’re spoiled for choice, really. So what sets the Moto G6 Play apart from the pack?

Never has a phone looked and felt so good for just $199. We’re serious. Today, you can own a phone that takes amazing photos in all kinds of light, powers through a day and night on a single charge and is built with intuitive skills that make using this toy (or tool, depending on how you look at it) a joy.

Moto G6 Play price: get more for less

At just $199 it seems almost unthinkable that Moto G6 Play is this affordable.

Pre-order it starting on June 28, 2018 in the Ting Shop.

Wireless charging technology: simple, safe and convenient

wireless charging technology

Our guide to wireless charging technology

One day, here at Ting HQ, we looked around and noticed a lot of us had wireless charging phones, but none of us were making use of wireless charging technology on a regular basis.

Truthfully, when we got those phones, we were pretty excited about the idea of tossing our phone on a wireless charging pad and forever ditching the cluttered world of cords and adaptors.

It’s the #tingsummer photo contest! Share your summer fun with us on social media

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#tingsummer

Summer’s here and it’s all about capturing memories. This year, share your summer with Ting on social media for a chance to win one of four Moto Z2 Play phones with Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mods.

We’re giving away a Sony Alpha a6000 digital camera to one grand prize winner!

Start snapping

Show us your vacation or staycation, your day at the beach or picnic in the park. Show us your road trip to visit family or the hike you took with an amazing view! We want to see how you’re enjoying summer.

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How it works

Share your summer photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #tingsummer.

Take your maps offline with Maps.me: a free GPS app for Android

gps app for androidIf you’re navigating in a new city or town and want to save on data, you’ll want an app that lets you download maps for use offline. That’s why we recommend Maps.me | Android | iOS | a GPS app for Android and iPhone that’s made for offline use. Grab the app and start downloading some maps for the next time you’re navigating.

Avoid data shock with these summer saving tips

saving tipsProtect your wallet and your phone this summer: avoid data shock with these summer saving tips

Every year, we see mobile data use spike in the summer. That’s because more people are away from Wi-Fi. Most of us are out and about, at the beach or on a road trip, enjoying the warm weather. The problem is, we bring our phones with us, and are more likely to use Google Maps to navigate and stream our favorite playlists on Spotify.

The same way you wouldn’t go outside in the summer sun without sunscreen, a hat and water, there are a few simple saving tips and tricks you can take with you to protect your phone and your bill too.

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