How to use Google Maps offline on Android and iOS

Google Maps has changed the way we navigate the world around us. It eliminates the fear of getting lost in a new city or in unfamiliar areas and is full of little tricks. All you need is an active internet connection and GPS. Unfortunately, these two are not available everywhere. However, Google understands that Maps has a feature that allows you to download maps and use them offline on mobile phones.

This takes some planning so that you can download the map of an area or city in advance. Once you move into this area without a network connection or GPS, there is nothing more you can do. Fortunately, the process is simple and it doesn’t take long to download maps on Google Maps.

Let’s begin.

How to download Google Maps offline on Android and iOS

You can save maps to both internal storage and SD cards on your Android phone. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Open Google Maps on your smartphone and use the search bar at the top to find the city or area where you want to save the map offline. Make sure both GPS and internet connection are turned on.

Step 2: The address of the location is displayed along with a few options at the bottom of the screen. Tap the address for more options.

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Step 3: Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and select the Download Offline Map option.

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Step 4: Google Maps prompts you to select the area using an interactive rectangular UI element. Pan and zoom around until you have the area you want to download within its limits. Below you will also be informed about the storage space used by Maps. Click Download when you’re ready.

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Step 5: You can also download a map of an entire city instead of a specific location or area. In this case, the steps will vary slightly. Search for the city and tap the location map below to find the Download button straight away.

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Step 6: Google Maps asks you again to manually select the map area by zooming and panning. Tap the Download button when you are happy with the result.

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So you can save the maps on an SD card. The default location is Android’s internal storage.

Step 1: Open Google Maps, tap the profile picture and select Offline Maps.

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Step 2: Tap the gear icon at the top to open Settings and select SD Card under Storage Settings> Device. In my case the option is not visible because I don’t have an SD card installed.

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The steps remain the same on iOS.

Search for the location or city using the search bar and tap the location info card at the bottom of the screen. Tap the three-dot menu icon to select Download Offline Map.

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You will then be asked to manually adjust the location area in the box before downloading the map to your device’s internal storage.

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How to use offline maps on Android and iOS

Note that when using offline maps in Google Maps on Android or iOS, there is no information about public transport, walking or cycling. Likewise, if the route description is activated, no traffic information, lane guidance or alternative routes are displayed. This is because Google Maps updates these data points in real time and requires an active internet connection and GPS to provide data input.

How to find and use offline maps in Google Maps on Android and iOS.

On Android and iOS, tap the profile picture and select Offline Maps to see a list of all the maps you have downloaded.

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Since maps are stored locally, those you downloaded on Android will not be visible in iOS and vice versa.

Now tap on the three-dot menu to manually update the offline map, view it, rename the map to a more specific name that will help you identify it, or simply delete it. You can find more offline map settings by tapping the gear icon on the same screen.

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Inside, you can set the device to automatically update offline maps in Google Maps, set the download setting to Wi-Fi to save mobile data, and also download maps recommended by Google for offline use.

My world

Google Maps works fine in offline mode. Some features are missing, but it will get the job done and is better than using old school folded paper cards. But Google isn’t the only map app out there. Apple has also been working hard lately to improve its card game. It has a number of interesting and useful features that you should try out if you are using an iPhone. However, t is not available on the Android platform.

So where are you going next

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