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Getting disconnected from the internet can be irritating, especially when you really need to see where you’re heading next. Heads-up here: we advise you to always download maps for offline use in Google Maps, because they will definitely come in handy when you least expect it.

As soon as you’ve downloaded a certain area, you will be able to see where you are heading by getting directions. You will also be able to see points of interest such as a café, a theater, a museum, etc.

However, you can say goodbye to transit, walking or the cycling guidance when you do not have internet. The driving one on the other hand is available. Google Maps used in the offline mode will prove useful when you cannot get internet signal. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that sooner or later the maps will expire as Google will need to perform constant updates. In order to make sure you do not get misguided by an outdated map, you should verify this aspect. You can do so by opening Google Maps, click on the menu symbol and choose “offline areas”. Now, let’s see how you can download an offline map, so that you can benefit from it:

  • Open Google Maps app on your Android-powered smartphone or iPhone. Always check to see if you are signed into your Google account.
  • Type-in the city/area you want to download.
  • Click the bar (see bottom of the screen) with the name of the area you’ve typed in.
  • Click the knob that says “Download” and you will see a map of the precise region/city you’ve searched before.
  • Click again the download knob and you’re done.

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