How to Use Google Maps in Offline

Google Maps for offline use

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can consume a lot of your mobile data over a short period of time. And most of the people think that the map we use on the daily basis for navigation requires an uninterrupted internet connection for continuous updates about our current location. But, you’ll be glad to know that you can use Google Maps even when you don’t have any internet connection.

Suppose, you’re going to visit a place where you might not get a strong mobile data connection, then this trick may come in handy. This is also useful when you’re traveling to other states. You won’t have to connect to a cellular network and pay those extra roaming fees.

Google has a feature that downloads entire map of any place over a wifi connection, and let you complete your journey without having to connect to a cellular network. So, you just you need to download the map of that particular area or place beforehand and use it later offline. So, let’s see how to do it.

Use Google Maps in Offline mode

Follow the instructions given below. The steps are same for both Android and iOS.

Step 1: Open Google Maps ➯ search for the area or location that you want to save for offline access.

Step 2: Go to menu ➯ tap ‘offline maps’ option ➯ select the area by zoom in and zoom out ➯ once you are happy with selected area, hit the download button.

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Step 3:
The area you selected is now saved in your mobile. Now, enjoy getting directions in offline while driving within this area.

Limitation & Solution of using Google Maps offline

There are also some limitations of using Google Maps offline.

Number 1: While saving areas for offline use be ready to sacrifice storage space of your mobile. It can take up to 1.5 GB depending on how large area you selected. But fortunately, there is a way to save your downloaded map into SD card instead of saving it into your device storage. Simply go to menu ➩ offline maps ➩ settings ➩ storage preferences and switch ‘device’ to ‘SD card’.

Number 2: Maps are dynamic and require regular updates. The world changes pretty much daily. Google also want you to have an updated version of your maps. It is important to note that the maps you download or save expire in 30 days. But, it’s something you don’t really need to think about. Just go to menu ➩ offline maps ➩ settings and active automatic updates.

Number 3: In offline mode, you won’t get everything that Google Maps has to offer. Offline maps won’t have walking directions, bike routes, live traffic updates and others transit details. But, according to the latest updates, its solution is still in pending.

Has using Google Maps in offline come in handy for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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