Google maps in an incredible tool which allows a smartphone user to locate landmarks, estimating routes to reach them, get traffic information for a place or even get out safely when you are lost somewhere. Google made this tool more relevant by introducing the ability to use it without any internet connection in your smartphone. This feature allows users to download navigation and location information when they are connected to the WiFi, to be used later when cellular services are not available or is inconsistent.
Download the offline maps in your smartphone by following the steps:
- First, make sure your device is connected to the internet and then open the Google Maps app.
- SEARCH for the name of the location you want to download the maps for. Say, Kolkata, India.
- Tap the bottom of the screen where the name of the location you searched for, is shown.
- On the new screen, that appears tap on DOWNLOAD.
Or on the vertically stacked dots in the upper right corner and select DOWNLOAD OFFLINE AREA.
- Adjust the area you are interested in, give a name and start downloading. Unlike a screenshot, you will be able to zoom in and out to see more details on the area after it’s saved offline.
How to access the downloaded maps?
To see the progress of your downloads or the saved maps, tap the stacked bars on the upper left of the Google maps main interface and select OFFLINE AREAS
You’ll find all of your downloaded maps here and will be able to delete, modify, rename, update or download new areas as per your need.
Limitations of the offline maps:
There is an upper limit of the size of the map you can download. Say, you can’t download the whole of India’s map at once.
The maps you downloaded are automatically cleared after 30 days on your device. It is done in order to make you download refreshed map data each time. You can select AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE OFFLINE AREAS to prevent this, though.
You’ll not be able to see the traffic information, public transit, bicycling, or walking directions, alternate routes, or lane guidance when you are using the offline maps.