Off-Line Maps For Android

If you’re like me, you don’t want Google knowing your every move when you’re using your Google Maps software on your Android phone.

While casually strolling through the available packages in the Package Manager, something really cool caught my eye, The Mobile Atlas Creator::

Package Manager showing Mobile Atlas Creator

Package Manager showing Mobile Atlas Creator

Reading through the program description, it seemed to be just the thing to create off-line maps for my Android phone.

Besides the above package, you will also want to download a companion, off-line mapping system for your phone. In my case I chose to install TrekBuddy.

After getting these two programs installed, the next thing to do is create your maps.

Launching the Mobile Atlas Creator from  Menu –>Education you are presented with the following:

Mobile Atlas Creator

Mobile Atlas Creator

First thing to do, is open the Preferences, and select the type of device you wish to create maps for:

Mobile Atlas Creator

Mobile Atlas Creator

Next, it’s time to create your desired maps:

Mobile Atlas Creator

Mobile Atlas Creator

During this operation, you choose the map elements you wish to send to your phone, as well as the zoom lever of the maps. Of course the more zoom levels you select, the more map elements will be downloaded.  The maps are download from your chose of several map engines, like Google maps, Lycos, Mapquest etc.

There is a software limit of 500,000 map elements in a single download, and it can take quite a long time to get all the elements.

In my case, I chose a single zoom level of 12, which game me major street names and enough detail to find what you are looking for.

Mobile Atlas Creator

Mobile Atlas Creator

As you can see in the above example, if you select too many map elements and levels, you can end up with a very very long download!

Lastly, it’s a simple matter to dump the folder with your maps, on to your phone’s SD card, and then selecting that folder from your Android application.

Now, with my GPS turned on, but my WiFi and Phone data turned off, I can see right where I am, as the GPS uses the downloaded maps.

It’s a simple matter to have several map directories for the areas you use the most when navigating.