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Download maps from Google Maps to use them offline

You don't need the Internet to keep using the useful Google Maps maps. Next, we tell you how to download them to view them offline.

Google Maps is a indispensable tool on the mobile when we travel, since we use it to locate ourselves in the city, reach our destinations in the fastest way and even to find restaurants with food to take away.

However, you may think that the usefulness of Google Maps is reduced by being an application that needs an Internet connection to work. Fortunately, that is a myth that we will disprove in this article, in which we will show you how you can use Maps even if you don't have a connection.

In the following lines, we will see how can you download maps from Google Maps, how see them when you have no connection and how to manage them to your liking. Are you ready to learn how to get the most out of the Google Maps application even if you don't have Internet? Let's go there.

How to use Google Maps offline: everything you need to know

Download maps from Google Maps to view them offline

If you download maps on Google Maps, you can view them offline.

When preparing a trip on some occasion, we have resorted to offline map apps to guide us through the destination city when mobile data fails or there are no WiFi networks available.

But it is not necessary to download other apps to have this function, the solution is already within the Android mobile and it's called google maps.

The Google maps app has a tool called Offline Maps with which you can download the maps that you will need when you do not have Internet access to the terminal's storage. By downloading them, you can navigate through them and receive directions to get by car to any point included in it.

There are some details that we need to specify, such as the fact that when using downloaded maps you do not receive traffic information, alternative routes or lane indications. In addition, you will not be able to receive directions to go by public transport, bicycle or on foot.

Despite these limitations, offline maps from Google Maps are a great option when you go to an area where you will not have mobile data or WiFi or the Internet connection is simply slow.

How to download updated Google Maps maps

After that brief introduction on the operation of the offline maps of Google Maps, we are going to delve fully into its use on an Android mobile.

Before you can view the map of an offline area, you must download it in your terminal. The steps to do so are as follows:

  1. Open Google Maps on your mobile.
  2. In the search engine, enter the name of the specific zone you want to download. They can be large areas, such as Spain, or smaller ones, such as Mérida. The size of the area will directly influence the weight of the map that you will download to your mobile.
  3. Click on the bottom card with the name of the area.
  4. Tap on the button "To download", to the right of the options bar.
  5. Confirm that you want to download that map by clicking again in "Download".

And voila, you have already downloaded the updated map in the Google Maps app. Now, it's time to learn how to use it in those moments when your phone's Internet connection is difficult or null.

How to use Google Maps offline

Once the map is downloaded, you can continue using Google Maps normally. When the app detects that you do not have an Internet connection or its speed is slow, will use those downloaded maps to show you the information you need.

We remember that, when offline maps are in use, the application will not give you directions to move by bike or public transport, just as it will not show you information about current traffic.

On the other hand, We recommend activating the "WiFi only" function from Maps settings. Thus, when you are not connected to a WiFi network, Maps will use the data from the downloaded maps to save megabytes of your mobile rate and also battery.

Another thing you should know about using offline maps is that you should update them before they expire. From Settings> Offline map settings, you can enable automatic offline map update when connected to a WiFi network, and forget about having to do it manually.

Where are downloaded Google Maps stored?

Maps downloaded from Google Maps are saved in a section called "Offline Maps". It is in that same place where you can update the maps manually, change their name, delete them when you no longer need them and even download new maps.

Step by step, we explain how to manage downloaded maps in Google Maps.

  1. Open the Google Maps app and click on your profile photo, in the upper right corner.
  2. Choose "Offline Maps".
  3. Click on the three-dot button to the right of a map to display a menu with various options: Update, View, Rename and Delete.
  4. Select the action you want to carry out.

In addition, from the top function "Select your own map", you can create new maps to download. As long as your mobile storage allows it, it is best to have the maps of those areas most common to you stored on your mobile, so that you can use them if the connection fails at any time.

These offline maps are one of the most prominent features of Google Maps, but there are others just as useful that you should know about. For example, Maps incognito mode, with which you can browse privately and safely.