Planning a drive into unfamiliar territory? Exploring regions off the grid, no cell signal or internet connection for miles and miles? Want to cut down on expensive international mobile data fees? Looking for alternatives to that big book of road maps? Then you need the Google Maps App and it’s awesome Offline Maps feature!
Did you know that, with the Google Maps app, you can download and save maps onto your mobile device for use when offline? Pretty sweet, right? Be prepared the next time your travels take you down a no-cell-signal-available road, or when those roaming or internet connection fees are costing you a fortune!
How To Save A Google Map For Offline Use
Offline maps can be the answer to unexpected lapses in mobile connectivity or when data fees are taxing your wallet. With Google Maps on your side, you’ll have those maps available on your mobile device in a moment’s notice, regardless of wifi or cellular connectivity. It’s easier than you think, and it’s free! Here’s how to take your maps offline, in five simple steps.
1. Open the Google Maps app on your mobile device. Ensure that you are connected to the internet, and are signed into your Google account.
2. Type your destination into the search bar at the top of the screen and hit enter.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the bar where your destination is listed.
4. The destination detail page should now be on your screen. Click on the menu. It’s the three dots stacked on top of each other in the upper right corner of your mobile device screen.
5. Click on the Save Offline Map option, which will be at the bottom of the screen. Then follow the instructions to download and save your map to your mobile device.
That’s it! Your map is now ready to use no matter your mobile device connectivity or when you want to avoid additional cellular or wifi connection fees.
Mapping Tip – Error Message: If you receive this error message – The on-screen map area is too large – then the view you chose is too large to be downloaded. Maps can only be saved up to 50km by 50km in size so if your chosen size is larger than this, you will need to downsize the map view until you see the Save button at the bottom of the screen.
Mapping Tip: If your preferred map view is too large to be downloaded, and you still want access to the entire map, consider splitting it into two maps. Save each one independently for offline access, and you should be good to go!
Accessing Your Offline Google Maps
Your destination in sight? Lost cell signal? Don’t want to incur an international data fee while reviewing your map? Sounds like it’s time to take this map offline. So let’s go find it! Here’s how to access your offline Google Maps from your mobile device.
1. Open the Google Maps app and click on Menu in the upper left corner.
2. Click on Your Places at the top of the menu options.
3. Scroll down to “Offline Maps” and click on the map you want.
That’s all there is to it. Your map is now ready for viewing, no internet required! Oh Google Maps, you are a traveler’s best friend!
Do You Travel With Offline Google Maps?
How do you map out the driving portions of your trip? Do you rely solely on your mobile device? Do you save maps from Google Maps onto your mobile device for offline use? Do you find offline maps helpful? Do share!
Note: These steps are for downloading and accessing maps with a mobile device, and not a desktop or laptop computer.
Images from CBiederman and GoogleMaps.