How to use Google Maps navigation offline without internet

Doesn’t matter whether you’re in a car, on a bike or on foot, as soon as you need to get from A to B and you don’t know the way you pull out your phone and open up Google Maps. Some even prefer Google Maps to the built in navigation software in their car. Usually, Google Maps brings you to your destination without any problems, but once your mobile data connection isn’t stable it can get annoying very quickly. You either wait a long time for Google Maps to get map data or, if you’re completely off the grid, nothing happens.

Until now, you were able to download an area within Google Maps, but this offline material didn’t work with navigation or search. All you were able to do is see where you’re located as long as you are inside of the downloaded map.

The guys at Google realized a while ago that using offline material was rather a pain than a big help when you were lost or needed to get somewhere. Plus, they wanted to find a better way to use Maps in areas with spotty internet coverage.

Use Google Maps navigation, search and more without data connectivity

To solve these issues, The Google Maps team announced that from now on you can navigate and search in Google Maps both online and offline. You can download an area in Maps and as soon as you lose connectivity on your phone, it will switch over to the offline material in a seamless way. This works with turn-by-turn navigation, destination search and you can even see useful information about places (opening hours, ratings or contact info). All of that without an internet connection!

There are two ways to download an area in Google Maps:

  1. Search for a city, state or country. Pull up the the place information from the bottom and then press “Download”. Now you can adjust the area you want to download. Once that’s done, press “Download” again.
  2. Another way is to go to the “Offline Areas”-section in the Google Maps menu and pressing the “+” button.

Offline Maps setup

Once your download is finished, Google Maps will automatically switch to offline mode and use the downloaded material whenever you don’t have any connection. As soon as you’re connected again, Maps will go back online to let you use all its features again, such as live traffic information for your route.

Note: At the moment, this feature is available on the latest Maps version on Android with iOS following soon.

  1. Giorgio, Canada says

    What we need is to download and activate navigation directions only and make them work in relation to the GPS location. The latter is always available. Thus, we need the Navigation say: “in 300 meters take the left junction”. The reason is that there is no need to see the map of 300 km in length only to be alerted to which exit or fork to take. Sharing as text is useless if you drive alone through a large foreign city and you don’t want to use international roaming.

  2. Randall Bean says

    Can i download the maps for an entire 600 mi trip so I’m not using up data along the way, or in case I lose my data connection in some remote area?

    1. Kimberly Ward says

      Hi, im looking for an answer to the same question, but cant see any response u were given, if u were at all. Did u ever get a response /answer to this? Thanks for any help! Kim

      1. Randall Bean says

        Hi Kim, I didn’t get an answer. I don’t think there’s a way to download the whole trip at once. Other searches/sites say to plan the trip while online then download the areas you will pass through along the way as described above. So if it’s a really long trip it will be a series of area downloads. It could take a lot of storage space on your phone. Each download tells how much space it will take & how much you have available. I haven’t tried it yet. Good luck & Happy Navigating!

        1. Kimberly Ward says

          Thanks for the update.. I haven’t been able to get a clear answer from anyone either, so you not having one just confirms neither of us will never get one! Thank you so much for your help tho, good luck in your travels!

  3. elizabeth says

    Marc, I love you, I love you, I love you!!

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