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How to use Google Maps offline without Internet

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Published on Jan 31, 2018

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With its functionality and the constant updates, Google Maps has become a powerful navigation device that – thanks to modern smartphones, more and more efficient – is able to replace the place of the GPS navigator especially since Google Maps offline allows for navigation without the Internal!

Well, in this guide we will help you step by step in its configuration with your smartphone/tablet, on both Android that on iOS. The procedure is simple and will take less than 5 minutes! To begin, select below the operating system of the smartphone/tablet you are using:

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Before starting, the guide will suggest getting under the coverage of a WiFi connection before proceeding with the download of the maps on your device. Also, if you are planning for a departure, it is important that you know what it means to use Google Maps offline, in order not to encounter unpleasant situations when you travel.

Use Google Maps offline does not mean use it to the max: prevent access to the Internet means you lose some functionality – more or less important – but know that, however, to find the way in an unknown city, you will more than good. We therefore analyze briefly the pros and cons of offline navigation:

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As mentioned, before you start the guide already well-described by Google, make sure your smartphone or your tablet to be connected to a WiFi network, then make sure you have installed and updated to the latest version of the Google Maps application. To do this, click on the link below and select “Update” or “Install” depending on the cases:

To complete the procedure you will have to precisely download one or more portions of the map on your device to make them available on Google Maps offline (and therefore without active Internet connection). This will require free space in the memory! If you have problems, take a look at our guide on how to free space on Android.

We can now begin with the guide: go to Google Maps (turn on the location if required) and with one swipe from right to left (or pressing the symbol ≡ in the upper left) open the side menu, where you will see the item “offline Maps” as shown from the pictures:

In this section you will notice the “Select your map” as in the image here above: click it and Google Maps will give you the opportunity to select a pane, which area of the map you want to download. The largest area downloadable is 50 km x 50 km may seem pochini, but just look at the image below to realize the greatness of this area.

Once you have selected the area of interest, just click the “DOWNLOAD” button in the bottom right, and you will be immediately brought back to a page similar to the one at the top here, where you can follow the map download. Note that, once you have selected the area, down at the bottom you will be shown the space required for the download (400 MB in this example).

There are no limits to the number of maps that can be downloaded (the only limit is the device memory), and you can also view, rename, or delete each of them. But pay close attention, because the maps expire!

Each map that you will download to have Google Maps offline has a real expiration date that ends exactly at the expiration of 30 days from the date on which it is downloaded to your device.

This happens because it is possible that the map changes or is updated, and you “forced” to always have the updated maps. Nothing to fear however! Google Maps updates from only: the only thing you have to do is give the device a WiFi connection!

To ensure this, back in the “offline Maps” from the main menu and click the settings symbol () in the top right of the section. You will come to a page similar to the one at the top here where you can find more information and edit the settings of the update of the maps to your liking.

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If you have an iPhone or an iPad , before start the guide already well-described by Google, make sure your smartphone or your tablet to be connected to a WiFi network, then make sure you have installed and updated to the latest version of the Google Maps application. To do this, click on the link below and select “Update” or “Download” depending on the cases:

To complete the procedure you will have to precisely download one or more portions of the map on your device to make them available on Google Maps offline (and therefore without active Internet connection). This will require free space in the memory! If you have problems, take a look at our guide on how to free up space on the iPhone.

We can now begin with the guide: go to Google Maps (turn on the location if required) and with one swipe from right to left (or pressing the symbol ≡ in the upper left) open the side menu, where you will see the item “offline Maps” as shown from the pictures:

 

Here, Google Maps will recommend which are the maps to download, depending on your points of interest, otherwise select “custom Map” as in the image above: you can now choose a box which area download. The largest area downloadable is 50 km x 50 km may seem pochini, but just look at the image below to realize the greatness of this area.

Selected the area, click on “DOWNLOAD” at the bottom right and wait for the end of the download page that opens. At the end (in the section offline Maps) you will find all the downloaded maps – as you can see from the third photo above – which you can also rename. In the choice of the area you will be shown how much space in memory, it will be necessary for you to download.

There are no limits to the number of maps that can be downloaded (the only limit is the device memory), and you can also delete each of them. But pay close attention, because if not you can update the maps periodically they will be deleted. Yes, because sappaitelo: the maps expire!

Each map that you will download to have Google Maps offline has a real expiration date that ends exactly at the expiration of 30 days from the date on which it is downloaded on your iPhone or iPad.

This happens because it is possible that the map changes or is updated, and in doing so, we will be thus “forced” to always have the updated maps. Nothing to fear however! Google Maps updates from only: the only thing you have to do is give the device a WiFi connection!

To ensure this, back in the “offline Maps” from the main menu and click the settings symbol () in the top right of the section. You will come to a page similar to the one at the top here where you can find more information, and change the update settings and download the maps to your liking.

In short, once you have performed the steps your Google Maps offline will be ready to use and all you have to do is disable any connection (WiFi or data network) and to set a departure point and a destination, including in the area of the map you downloaded!

If something is not clear to you or you have any doubts, do not hesitate to leave a comment below or on our Page Facebook, and we will help you as soon as possible! Meanwhile, here's other link, and curiosity that you could do to your case:

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