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I'm a motorcyclist who can't afford a dedicated biker GPS like the Garmin Zuma. I'd like to use my iPhone 6 with either Apple or Google maps while riding, but I'm worried about data usage. Is it possible to set up a route on either app while online, and then have playback with sound while I'm riding?
 

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I'm a motorcyclist who can't afford a dedicated biker GPS like the Garmin Zuma. I'd like to use my iPhone 6 with either Apple or Google maps while riding, but I'm worried about data usage. Is it possible to set up a route on either app while online, and then have playback with sound while I'm riding?
I haven't used Google Maps on iPhone in ages. However on Android, you could download entire regions so that you wouldn't need data to navigate (naturally without traffic conditions etc.) I used to keep my home town downloaded, and grabbed Halifax for a trip. Didn't take more than 200MB for both.
 

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I haven't used Google Maps on iPhone in ages. However on Android, you could download entire regions so that you wouldn't need data to navigate (naturally without traffic conditions etc.) I used to keep my home town downloaded, and grabbed Halifax for a trip. Didn't take more than 200MB for both.
This is also possible on google maps for ios
 

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If you were boating, I would have suggested Navionics.app that we used without needing any on-line stuff other than loading maps and/or updates etc., but I would just try a google search for something like 'Mac bikers GPS app;:
https://www.google.ca/search?client...F-8&gfe_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=bcEdWurIDsTe8AfI6oOoBg

Lots of hits there for optional apps and reviews.

Or even:
biker navigation GPS without data usage
https://www.google.ca/search?client...F-8&gfe_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=WsUdWpy3GuHe8AfLmZ_QCw

PS: And there are some good wireless (Bluetooth) EarPods/Buds/phones for audio I just bought for my wife for under $30.00 if needed for audio directions.

Just a thought. ;-)
 

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@Jazzboy

I'd suggest doing some web searches and check on possible improvements to Apple Maps or Google Maps and avoid unnecessary internet data connections.

Maybe try:
https://www.google.ca/search?client...F-8&gfe_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=xPEeWumjHNPM8gf2mL-QBg
and some like:
https://discussions.apple.com/threa...ble.com/2015/09/16/offline-maps/#L3.UprJbZ8qd
and maybe this:
How to use your phone's maps without a data connection

Many apps need to have at least the maps of the general area to be travelled downloaded from the 'net prior to any trip to save potentially expensive data downloads.
 
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