How to Download Locations on Google Maps for Offline Usage

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Apr 24, 2017
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Google Maps is nothing less than a blessing. The service comes to your rescue everywhere and ensures that you reach your destination in time. The service is deemed to work best on good internet connection, but what about the days when you are away from the internet and looking for directions? Or when you are on a road trip with your friends and find yourself in a low connectivity region? Before you exclaim, we know that you know about the offline version of Google Maps. But, do you know that it needs to be tweaked before starting to count on it.

With the steps mentioned below, we will help you in setting up your Google Maps for offline use. Simply follow these instructions, and you will never find yourself struggling with internet woes on your trips.

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Plan your routes and download them in advance

The first thing to do when downloading Google Maps offline is to identify your area. You need to plan in advance about the region you want offline maps access for. Before starting a trip, make sure you have downloaded the map area that covers the entire region. Google Maps offline offer wide area selection; it means that you can download the map area for two major cities like LA and California. You must be also ready to sacrifice some storage space on your device as the downloaded data is anything but small. You can also download it on your device’s external storage like microSD or SD card.

To Download Google Maps offline on SD card, follow these steps.

  • Open Menu in Google Maps app on your device
  • Tap on “Offline Areas.”
  • Select “Settings” in the top right corner and then tap on “Storage Preferences.”
  • Switch the storage preference from “Device” to “SD card.” (this option will only show up when you have SD card inserted into your device).

You also need to know that offline maps expire after 30 days, so make sure that you check it before starting a trip. This happens because Google likes keeping you updated about what’s new around you or what has changed around you. Even for the offline Maps, it wants you to have an updated version. Also, even though Google Maps offline offers pretty much all the essential services, but you can’t expect the same experience as the online version. You can search for addresses, find business in your downloaded area and navigate to the site. However, you won’t get features like walking directions, transit details, and more stuff.

How to download Google Maps offline like a pro

  • Launch Google Maps app on your device
  • Type the area you want to download and then tap on its name at the bottom
  • Now, tap on “Download” option
  • It will now show you a box, which can be zoomed in and out to select more or less area
  • Select the area size as per your requirement and then tap on “Download” option given at the bottom

Once your download finishes, you can use it for 30 days without any block. Just remember, that this is not as intuitive as the online version but it will surely guide you correctly to the destination.

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Check for your saved offline area on Google Maps

  • Open Google Maps app on your device
  • Select Menu and then tap on “Offline Areas.”
  • You will now see areas marked as “Home”, “Work” or “Area 1/Area2.”
  • To update or delete saved destinations, just tap on the area you want to remove/update and then select either of the “Delete/Update” options

Prepared to go on a road trip? We hope these tools help you in setting up Google Maps for offline usage.

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