We know how important it has become to stay connected online to use Google maps where ever we go as it is becoming part of our daily life use. Whenever we are traveling to some new place, we need to be connected online to use Google’s Maps for the directions, but what if we could not use online maps where we want to travel and find ourselves disconnected from the internet which cannot load our maps? Don’t worry, Google’s Maps now let you download offline maps right from their Google’s Maps application. All you need to preserve is to download those offline maps whilst being online before leaving for the place you want to visit. So, in this article, I will guide you stepwise on how to use Google Maps offline.
To follow these steps there are some requirements that you should keep in mind.
- Internet connection to download offline maps
- Google maps application installed and updated to the latest version.
- Google offline Maps can be used till 30 days.
- Your smartphone should have GPS enabled
Now let’s start with the stepwise guide…
Step 1: Open up Google Maps
Go ahead and open up your Google’s Maps application.
Now tap on the hamburger menu icon as shown and highlighted above, this will open up a drawer menu.
After your drawer menu slides out, tap on the Offline maps option as shown above.
Now, tap on the SELECT YOUR OWN MAP option to proceed as shown above.
Step 2: Downloading Offline Map
Google will open up a tutorial box which will guide you how to select the map you want to download. All you need to do is to drag to the desired area on the Map, remember you can zoom in and zoom out within the outlined box. After selecting the area tap on the DOWNLOAD button (as shown above) to download the offline map.
After taping on the Download button the app will redirect you to show you your desired map is being downloaded as shown above.
When the download is complete, you will see the name of the Map along with its size and Expiry date as shown above.
Step 3: Renaming your Offline Map
To rename the downloaded offline map, all you need to do is to tap on the overflow menu (three vertical dots), which will cascade a list of options it contains. Now, tap on the Rename option to change the name of the file.
After renaming it tap on the SAVE button to change the name of the map.
As you can see your map name has been updated as shown above.
Step 4: Downloading Local and more Offline Maps
Google’s Map application will also recommend you to download local maps. To download it, tap on the overflow menu and click on the Download option as shown above.
To download more offline maps click on the SELECT YOUR OWN MAP option as shown above.
Step 5: Checking Offline maps Settings
To check the settings of your offline maps for its updates and downloads click on the settings icon as shown above.
After settings open up, make sure you have enabled both the options (as shown above) that will update and download your offline maps automatically.
That’s it! Now you can travel to your desired place without any fear of being offline. Happy Offline Traveling!