How to use Google Maps offline

It is an undeniable fact that maps in smartphones are  the most useful application. With the verity of maps available in the market, Google Maps are our companion in our tough time. What makes Google Maps stand out of the crowd is the easy of use and of course, a blind trust on the developers. But it also has some limitations. For instance, imagine you are navigating through Google Maps in a strange city and suddenly there is a signal drop? That point of time you get to know the real meaning of getting lost. But take no tension, as Google added yet another amazing feature and has made possible to navigate your route without using internet connections. Google has recently added an offline feature to Google Maps through that you can download a particular area from the map to your smartphone and can navigate without internet connections. This brings us to an important question: How to use it? For this, our technical team made a step-by-step guide for Google Maps Offline use.

 

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These are the following steps to use Google Maps offline.

google-maps-offline- step-by-step guide

google-maps-offline- step-by-step guide

  1. Open Google Maps (while online) and search for your desired location.
  2. Once you’ve found the location/area you want, the easiest way to save it for later is to go to the options menu by tapping the three lines (hamburger) icon and tapping Offline areas.
  3. Next, tap the plus o symbol in the bottom right of the screen and you will be prompted with a message that says “download this area?”
  4. Drag the map inside the square box until it encompasses the area you want a map of. Pinch to zoom (putting two fingers on the display and bringing them together) to close in on the area you want. Move your fingers in the opposite way to zoom out and encompass a larger area.
  5. Once you are happy with the map area, tap Download.
  6. You will be prompted to name your area. Do so in the box that appears.
  7. Once you have downloaded the map to your device, you can access it by tapping the menu icon at the top left of the main Maps page and returning to Offline areas, where you should now see your downloaded area.
  8. You will find your saved map in Offline areas. You can rename it by tapping the pencil icon at the top right.

You can now navigate within saved area without a data connection. What’s more, when your phone gets a signal again, Maps will seamlessly transition back to online mode.

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Limitations of use of Google maps  offline.

There are some limitations to the functionality of the offline maps, mostly regarding the size of the location you’re looking for. You cannot download a map of, say, the whole of Denmark: the box you draw around the area you want has a limited size, and it’s not possible to download anything that takes up more than around 1.5 GB of storage space.

Downloaded Google maps tend to require quite a lot of storage space to accommodate the detailed information they provide, so we recommend connecting to Wi-Fi before downloading all the maps you need. Additionally, the maps you download will be stored for 30 days and after this they are automatically deleted, so don’t assume they will last forever.

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6 Responses

  1. Henny says:

    Your cranium must be proticteng some very valuable brains.

  2. Zara Hayat says:

    It’s really awesome tips.

  3. Jose Chandaran says:

    Very use full information for me.
    In January we went the trip of Munnar. We were navigating through Google Maps but suddenly there was a signal drop. It was very bad experience for me and my team.

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