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How To Use Google Maps Offline

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In case you love to travel, this article will save your life. It often happened to me to travel somewhere and cannot navigate for the first few hours till I get a local SIM card. Luckily, once I’ve discovered that Google Maps can be used offline, my problem was resolved.

Even if you are not a frequent traveler, just serious about your mobile data, and want to save as much as you can, you can use this option to navigate around the city easier.

The motto of this article would be “You don’t need the Internet to know where you are.”

I’ve made for you a short guide on how to download and save Google maps offline and how to use Google location history.

How to download and save Google Maps for offline use?

As you know, before, you were able to see Google Maps offline if you downloaded the area map, but you couldn’t navigate or search for any specific locations. Thankfully, Google figured this is an issue and resolved it. Now, after you download Google Maps areas for offline use, you can search and navigate through this area as much as you’d like.

Follow these simple steps to download Google Maps for offline use.

  1. Open the Google Maps app or a web page and search the area you wish to save
  2. At the bottom, you will see the name or address of the place. Tap on “More info”
  1. Select “Download offline maps”
  2. Confirm “Download”

The Google Maps area will now be downloaded and saved in your Google Maps app. You can access it offline whenever you need.

Note: Downloading some of the areas for offline use might be restricted due to language support, address format, and more.

Further information and help about downloading Maps for offline use you can find on Google’s official support website. 

How to search and navigate Google Maps offline?

Same as you would do if you were connected to the Internet, you can search and navigate Google Maps offline. Go into your app, and you will be able to search any location within the downloaded area. Also, you will be able to navigate easily. The only difference is that you won’t get live updates about traffic in the area or any kind of updates actually, since you are not connected to the Internet.

  1. Open Google Maps app
  2. Tap on your profile picture at the top right corner
  3. Choose “Offline maps.”

You will see all the areas you’ve saved so far. Just select any of those.

If you wish to update the area, delete it from your Google maps, or give it a different name for easier use, you will see three dots next to the saved area in offline maps. Click on these three dots and choose between “Update,” “Rename,” and “Delete.”

Note: This way of downloading and managing Google Maps for offline use will work for both Android and iOS devices.

How to save a Google map route for offline use?

 If you wish to save a specific route, for example, from your house to work, and not waste Internet every morning, here is how you can do precisely that. Or, if you have a long journey ahead of you, you can save a lot of battery by keeping the route for offline use and switching off your mobile data.

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your device
  2. Search for the destination or tap on it on the map
  3. In the bottom left corner, click on “Directions”
  4. Choose your mode of transit
  1. Click on the white bar at the bottom
  2. Tap on “Save offline”

Now you have your route saved, and you do not need to worry if you will have enough data to reach your destination. More information can be found here

If you have any other suggestions about Google Maps offline use, I’d love to hear from you! Leave the comment in the section below!

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Marom is a senior writer at WIRED specialising on information security, digital privacy, and hacking. A former technology correspondent for Slate, she was also a staff writer for Future Tense, a publication and project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and ASU. Additionally her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Fast Company, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics. She is a New Yorker who calls the city home.
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