When you’re planning to go on a trip and you’ll drive in an area with no cell reception (not to mention free WiFi), you won’t rely on the Google Maps application, unless you will use it offline. This means that you will be able to download offline maps and open them when you don’t have access to the internet.
Plus, this solution saves you from consuming data everytime you need to check the maps for directions. Below, we’ll teach you how to save and use offline maps.
While you’re connected to the internet, open the application, search for the location that interests you and type OK Maps in the search bar or use the microphone to say “Ok maps”. After tapping the search bar, you will scroll to the bottom, where you’ll find the
Open Google Maps (online) and search for your desired location. Once you’ve found the location/area you want, there are three ways you can save it for “Save a new offline map” option. When you’ll tap on it, the application will ask you if you want to save the map. You will zoom into the map to get more information about streets and even building names.
After saving the map to your phone, look for the “hamburger” menu icon from the left of the application, then tap on “Your Places” and scroll down until you’ll see your saved map located under “Saved places”. Just tap on the map and you will have access to it in offline mode.
You won’t need a lot of space to save a map, because the file isn’t very big. For example, if you want to save the map of the New York city, the file will have only 13MB, but still, you should connect to a WiFi network before downloading the map.
The problem with large cities is that if you want to save the surrounding areas as well, you will need to break these portions into smaller areas.
When downloading a map, it will be stored for a month on your device, then it will be automatically deleted.