Google Maps allows you to download maps for offline use, helping you save on mobile data when you’re out and about. The option to save maps for later is especially helpful when network coverage is sparse — like when you are travelling or in a place with dampeners.
How to use Google Maps offline
Setting up Google Maps offline is very easy. Follow these simple steps and save on your mobile data costs.
- Make sure you are connected to the internet. Using a Wi-Fi connection is recommended.
- Open the Google Maps app and make sure you are signed in with your account.
- Search for your specific destination.
- On the bottom of the screen, tap the name of the place.
- Now, tap on the Download button.
- The app will ask you to confirm the area. You can zoom in or out based on how much area you want to download.
- Hit confirm and tap on the Download button.
The download will begin in the background and once it’s done, you’ll be able to access it even without an internet connection.
You can manage your offline maps by tapping on the three-line button on the top left and selecting Offline Maps.
The saved offline maps usually expire after one year without an internet connection. Google will update the data in the background if there are any changes, so there isn’t anything you have to do manually.
With offline Google Maps, you can get driving directions. Transit, traffic and other information that is retrieved live will not work without an internet connection.