How to download Google Maps for offline use

By Jesse Simms

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How to download Google Maps

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a hefty amount of usage over time. Most of Google Maps data use is incurred when initially searching for the destination and charting a course. Fortunately, Google has hooked us up with a feature that downloads entire regions of Maps over a Wi-Fi connection, letting you complete your journey without having to connect to a cellular network.

The previous version of offline Google Maps would only let you view downloaded regions of a map, which was useful but still required you to connect to the Internet to start a navigation or search for a specific location. Google’s latest update offers a much better offline experience for users. Turn-by-turn navigation, location searches and establishment info can all be accessed without a data connection.

Once you know how to download Google Maps for offline use, you’ll be able to have a smooth, uninterrupted experience even when traveling through a low reception area.

Keep in mind that you can’t save the whole world. That’s Superman’s job. While there’s a limit on the amount of data you can cache, you can save a pretty large area before you hit the max.


Step 1

Open Google Maps and search for the location you want to save. Tap the bottom info bar and then tap Download. Choose the size of the region you want to save, name it and you’re done!

Step 2

When using turn-by-turn driving directions, start the navigation process as you normally would – the only feature you’ll be missing is live traffic conditions and updates.

To view and manage the regions you’ve saved, tap the top left menu button in Google Maps and scroll down to Offline areas.

Currently, Google doesn’t support offline navigation for walking, biking or transit directions, but they have plans to add more offline features in the future.

Learn more on Google’s view maps offline help article.



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