Google Maps is one of the most popular and best navigation app services, but it is not without its flaws. One of the main complaints is that it works best with reliable data connections, something that we don’t always have outside the city. Thankfully, Google Maps can be used offline, but this awesome feature is rendered useless without some active processes. The moment your phone reads “no service”, Google Maps suddenly shuts down. Unless you have saved your maps for offline maps. However, after reading today’s article “How to use Google Maps offline”, you can store large map areas for guidance, even when you’re stuck without reception.
The process is similar on both iOS and Android. Before we dive into this process, go to the App Store on your iOS device, or the Play Store on your Android device and check for any available updates for Google Maps. The methods described in this article work on updated versions of Google Maps.
After confirming that you have the latest version, launch Google Maps on your respective device and find the area you want to save for offline access.
Google Maps will then show the area you’ve searched, whose name will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. You must download your area of interest before taking advantage of offline Google Maps. This means that things must be “definitely” done when we say that. The map area must be downloaded before leaving the security of your city’s secure connection.
You will then be tasked with adjusting the area to be saved through panning and zooming, ensuring attention to size limit alerts along the top of the screen. Of course, when downloading almost two cities and everything in between, there is a huge amount of information. Be prepared to sacrifice a lot of storage space for your map. These can take up to 1GB depending on the region. Additionally, you will get a glimpse of local weather conditions, pictures, hotels, shops, restaurants, and navigation options. You will also get an estimate of travel to that location based on your current location.
Tap on the name. Next, tap on the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner of your screen. Select and then save an offline map. However, there is a way to download this data to the SD card, which is a relief. Just go to Menu> Offline Area> Settings> Storage Preferences and switch “Device” to “SD Card”.
If the mapped area is considered too large, you will have to zoom in to the area on the left and repeat the process. Once you are happy, tap Save and give the offline map a name. To access your saved map, you draw the menu and choose My Places from the list of options. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where you should find any offline map still stored on your device.
Keep in mind that any saved maps will only stay on your device for 30 days. This is mostly because the world changes almost daily. The maps are dynamic and need to be updated. What happens when a new road is added, or an old one is closed? Perhaps a new restaurant opened in the city. Google wants you to have an updated version of your map while offline. Presumably, after this, the app will purge a saved map to free up space on your device.
You can also do automatic updates nowadays with Google Maps. Just go to the offline map settings and activate automatic updates. This will ensure that your offline maps expire when updated regularly. You can choose to be updated only when using Wi-Fi, to ensure that your precious gigabyte does not go waste.
Things to keep in mind when using offline Google Maps
There are drawbacks to offline Google Maps. Here are some things missing from offline maps that are available in live Google Maps:
• Public transport routes are not available in offline maps.
• Bikes and walking routes are not available.
• Live traffic will not be employed.
• The estimate of the journey will not be as accurate.
• Routes cannot be modified (avoidance is not an option).
There are other tools available for offline maps. Some maps.me or Apple Maps, etc., allow you to download everything at once, while others offer city, state, and country downloads. If you are a hunter or search area away from the grid, these maps may be a better option. Hope you like to read “How to use Google Maps offline”. However, for most travel and tourist needs, Google Maps does a great job of showing you what’s around you, how long it will take you to get there, and now, you can use these maps if you Tap on data or simply have a slow connection.