Whenever you need it most, your smartphone’s mobile internet connection lets you down. For example, when you drive your car to your destination, but your GPS refuses to display a map, which can save you from long wanderings on roads completely unfamiliar to you.
If you are used to using your phone as a GPS navigator with Google Maps, you can avoid all these problems by simply downloading the offline version. Even without an internet connection, Google Maps will help you get where you want to go, you just need to download the desired map in advance.
This will be especially useful if you are planning a trip to a place where you may not have access to the Internet. You can download a map (or several) offline on Google Maps very simply and quickly.
Google Maps is a simple service that allows you to get route information and find businesses online. You can then zoom in using various viewing options such as map or satellite.
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How to Download Google Maps Offline
First, know that you don’t have to download the full Google Maps. Before the trip, you can download a specific area, it can be a city, a region, or just a part of the map where you are going to spend time and where you may not have a mobile connection on your phone.
To upload a map to Google Maps offline, open the Google Maps app on iOS or Android and tap your profile picture in the top right corner (you must be logged into your Google account to do this). In the menu that appears, tap Offline plans > Choose your own plan.
Use your fingers to place the map you want to download within the rectangle. Use one finger to move around the map and pinch two fingers to zoom in or out. As you move around the map, you’ll see how much space the download will take up on your phone. When you’re happy with the area, click Download.
Note. You can also enter a city or other area in Google Maps and then click the “Download” button that appears in the dropdown window to download the offline map, but this only works on iPhone.
You must be connected to WiFi to download the map. If you want to download over cellular, go to the Offline Plans page, tap the gear icon in the top right corner, tap Download Settings, and select Over WiFi or Mobile Network. Once the map has loaded, you will be returned to the Offline Maps page where you can view all of your offline maps.
Now you will be able to use Google Maps even when you are offline in the area you have downloaded and only in that area. You won’t get extremely accurate travel times or route alternatives because traffic and other traffic issues aren’t taken into account in real time, but you’ll get an overall estimated travel time. Routes for public transport, cycling and walking are also not available offline, only routes for driving.
If you need more app tips, check out our list 6 Google Maps Tips. To plan your itineraries, we also offer selection of multiple GPS applications.
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