When it comes to getting real-time information about driving routes, Waze is one of the best option available for you. With up to date information provided by other Wazers, you can get real-time information about traffic, accidents, gas prices, obstacles, police checkpoints and so on. However, for Waze to function optimally, it requires an internet connection.
So, how much data does Waze realistically use? Unlike streaming services or apps, Waze does not use much data. Realistically, Waze uses just about 0.23MB of data per hour and can, in fact, go lower than this if you plot your maps or directions while you are using Wi-Fi.
What Is The Data Usage Of The Waze App?
If you are not on an unlimited data plan, you sure would be interested in knowing the data usage of some of your applications in order to cut out the unnecessary ones which seems to be consuming much of your data.
The Waze app does not use so much data. In fact, when compared to other similar applications, it is the most economical in terms of data. The average amount of data used by the Waze app is about 100 MB per month. This value can increase or decrease depending on some factors.
The amount of data that will be used depends on the length of hours you are using the app for. The app is said to use about 0.23 MB of data per hour. To check the amount of data consumed by your Waze app, the in-built data monitors on your device will serve that purpose. It will give you the exact amount of data used by the app for a specified period of time.
However, if you want the exact amount of data that will be required to use Waze for a particular journey, you can use the data calculator which are available online to help you in calculating the exact amount of data your Waze app would use.
Can Waze Work Offline?
Probably you are going on a long journey and you are sure to encounter areas where there would be loss of network connectivity. In this case, you might be wondering if your Waze app would still be able to function properly offline.
Well, the Waze app was not designed to work offline. You need to have an active Wi-Fi or data connection in order to download maps and get real-time updates as you drive to your destination.
However, if you are in a deadlock situation where there is no network connectivity and you need direction to get to your destinations, there is a workaround that will allow you use the Waze app without an internet connection. This workaround has some drawbacks such as not providing you with real-time traffic data and updates for your route.
How Can I Use Waze Offline?
The steps highlighted here are specific for Android devices. It may slightly differ for other devices.
- When you launch the Waze app on your Android device, tap on the search icon located on the bottom left-hand corner.
- Then go to settings which is located at the top left-hand corner.
- Then, go to display and maps under the advanced setting options.
- Next, select data transfer.
- Ensure that the download traffic info option is checked.
- Then, you enter the address of the location you want to go to using the search bar on the home screen of your Waze app.
- Finally, based on your specified starting point and ending point, the app will create a route. You can as well add multiple stops. As soon as the route has been configured, it will remain stored in the cache memory of the app. In as much as you don’t close the app, it will always be available for you to use.
What Is The Difference Between Waze And Google Maps?
Google map is another common navigation app. The interesting thing is that both the google map and Waze are owned by Google. Even though they look like they perform almost the same functionality, they have been designed specifically for specific scenarios. While Waze is a community-driven navigation app, Google map is more of data-driven.
In summary, Google Maps is a simple yet powerful navigation tool which selects the fastest and the most efficient route to your destination. Waze, on the other hand, gets data from other Wazers (people that uses Waze) and uses the analysis of those data to tailor your driving experience, giving you real-time information on the most efficient route that’s free from traffic as well as other obstacles.