Here’s an incredibly simple Google Maps hack that will help users on iOS free up storage space on their iPhone.
If you use Google Maps on an Apple device you may have noticed that the Google’s popular navigation tool eats up large chunks of storage space, especially if you use the offline mode.
However, there is a way to free up some of this data and take back some of your iPhone’s internal storage.
Clearing the data will remove all the cache, cookies, stored maps and other app data from Google Maps.
Before you go ahead and remove the data, you can see how much storage space you will free up by going to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Storage > Manage Storage
From the list, tap on the Google Maps icon.
You will then see the size of the app, as well as the size of all the additional data that has mounted up since you started using Google Maps.
How free up space on your iPhone with this Google Maps hack
1. Open the Google Maps app on your iPhone
2. Tap on the menu icon (the three lines in the top left of the screen)
3. Next, tap on Settings and then select About, terms & privacy
4. Select Clear Application Data
5. Next, tap OK to confirm and Google Maps cache and app data will be deleted
6. Exit the app and continue using your phone as normal
Once you have done this all the application data and cache will be removed and you’ll then be able to use the storage space all this data had previously taken up.
Doing this can easily free up a couple of hundred MB of storage on your iPhone.
The news of this handy Google Maps hack comes as Google announced a new Wi-Fi only feature on Android which limits usage of the app to offline maps whenever it is connected to 3G or 4G, which not only helps to save on mobile data but will also help to prolong battery life.
Google is also rumored to be testing a new feature that could make parking a whole lot easier.