It is a good idea to download Google Maps offline. Know how to do it

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You’re headed somewhere you’ve never driven before and suddenly your internet stops working. When it comes to directions on Google Maps, it’s usually okay to not have internet, because whatever route you’re following will still work even without service.

But if you have to stop somewhere or change the route, you will face trouble.

In the US, you won’t always find good service or any internet at all, especially in national parks or on long highways in remote areas. No internet means you can’t add stops to your route, like gas stations or markets. No internet means you can’t find a new route if you get lost. No internet means you can’t go anywhere other than your current destination. You’re stuck on the route you’re on — and that’s it.

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If you are traveling to an area you don’t know very well, and you want to get there without any problems, the Internet is almost essential, for all the reasons I mentioned above.

he is, Unless you have offline maps,

If you are planning a road trip or visiting a place where the internet is not available or not accessible, you must know how to download the map of that area on Google Maps.

Here’s all you need to know.

Do you want to know more tips and tricks related to Google Maps? How to blur your house on Google Maps And Three Google Maps Features you’ll definitely want to know about.

How to download Google Maps offline

First, you won’t be downloading Google Maps in its entirety. Instead, before your trip, you’ll want to download a specific area, which could be a city, county, or region where you’ll be spending time and may not have service on your phone.

To download offline maps in Google Maps, open the Google Maps app on iOS or Android and tap your profile photo in the top right (you must be logged into your Google account for this to work). In the menu that appears, tap Select Offline maps > Your own map.

Offline Maps feature in Google Maps Offline Maps feature in Google Maps

You can download many Google Maps areas offline.

Screenshot by Nelson Aguilar/CNET

Use your fingers to position the map within the rectangular boundary you want to download. Use one finger to move across the map, and use a two-finger pinch to zoom in and out. As you move across the map, you’ll see how much storage space the download will take up on your phone. Once you’re satisfied with the area, tap download,

CommentAlternatively, you can type a city or other area in Google Maps and then press download Use the button that appears in the pull-up window to download the map offline, but this only works on iPhones.

Read more, Google Maps Cheat Sheet: The Most Useful Tricks

You must be connected to Wi-Fi to download maps. If you want to download over cellular, go here Offline Maps On the page, tap the gear icon at the top right, When to download offline maps and choose Over Wi-Fi or mobile networkOnce your map is downloaded, you will be redirected back to Offline Maps Go to the page where you can see all your offline maps.

Select the map you want to download offline in Google Maps Select the map you want to download offline in Google Maps

You can only download a maximum map of 250 MB (which would appear to be approximately the size of Maine in the selected map).

Screenshot by Nelson Aguilar/CNET

You’ll now be able to use Google Maps even when you’re offline in the area you downloaded — and only in that area. You won’t get super accurate travel times or alternate route options because traffic and other road issues aren’t taken into account, but you’ll get a general estimate of how long your trip should take. Transit, biking, and walking directions also aren’t available offline — only driving directions are.

Using Google Maps Offline Using Google Maps Offline

You’ll know you’re using offline maps when you see a small cloud icon with a line through it in Google Maps.

Screenshot by Nelson Aguilar/CNET

If you want more tips on Google, be sure to read Which Google Home settings you should change immediately And our pick of the best Pixel phones.

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