Download a map to Google Maps for offline use

2022-10-31 10:56:42

Downloading offline maps in Google Maps can be very useful at some times such as when we are just data, to save battery on the mobile or if we do not have a connection on the mobile during a trip abroad or for any other reason

We tell you how you can download offline maps in Google Maps on your mobile, to be able to make routes and search for places without having an active Internet connection on your mobile. In addition, we tell you how the Wi-Fi mode of Google Maps works, which uses offline maps even if you have active data.

What offline maps are for


First of all, why would you want to have offline maps on mobile? The obvious answer is to be able to continue using Google Maps when you do not have an Internet connection, it is very slow or you prefer not to spend your data. Here are some reasons why you might be interested in downloading offline maps:

  • If you have a mobile without a SIM card

  • If you travel abroad and do not have a roaming connection

  • If you have a limited data plan and want to use little data

  • To save battery on mobile

  • To maintain stable use in areas with poor coverage

Google Maps offline allows you to create routes by car, but not by public transport. Place information is also very basic.

Of course, Google Maps offline is not a panacea, because you get instead a more basic version in which you can basically consult the map, with basic information about it, and make routes by car. Here are some of the limitations of Google Maps offline:

  • You can only get directions by car and not by public transport, bicycle or on foot

  • Traffic is not displayed

  • No alternative routes displayed

  • Lane departure indications are not displayed

How to download offline maps in Maps

Downloading maps for use without an Internet connection is extremely simple in Google Maps. First of all, open the app and tap on your profile picture in the search bar. In it, choose Offline Maps.

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Sometimes Google Maps will suggest downloading maps around your home or work, as well as for trips that Google is aware of. To choose a specific area of the map you must click on Select your own map.


The next step is to move the map and zoom in to select the area. What is inside the rectangle will be included within the offline map, and not what is outside. Since Google Maps won't let you change the shape of the rectangle, you may need to do multiple downloads if you're trying to cover an entire country. Before downloading the map, you can see how much it will take up in a text at the bottom.

Google Maps calls your downloaded maps with not too specific names, such as Map 1, but you can rename it. To do this, press the menu button ⋮ and choose Rename. Then write the name you want to give the map.


Settings and Wi-Fi mode

From the same section of offline maps you can access the settings of offline maps, where you can choose if you want them to update automatically, if you want to automatically download recommended maps (travel, for example) and download preferences.

It will also be useful to know how to activate the Wi-Fi mode of Google Maps, which will not use the mobile data even though it is active. To turn it on, you'll need to go to Google Maps settings and turn on the Wi-Fi Only switch.

When Wi-Fi

mode is active, Google Maps uses offline maps unless you connect to a Wi-Fi network and even though other apps may be using mobile data without limi