How to download maps from Google Maps to get driving directions offline

How to download maps from Google Maps to get driving directions offline
Downloading maps from Google Maps is easy.Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images
  • To download maps from Google Maps, you just need to search for the location you want and tap "Download."
  • Once you've downloaded a Google map, you can see it even when you're offline.
  • Maps can only be downloaded using the Google Maps smartphone or tablet apps.

Where would we be without Google Maps? If you're on the road and run into an area without internet, the answer might be: "I have no idea."

If you know that you'll be heading somewhere without internet that you don't know well, consider downloading the maps you need from Google Maps beforehand. This will make sure that you never lose your way.
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Here's how to download maps from Google Maps to use offline.
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What to know before downloading from Google Maps

To access your offline map, just use Google Maps normally. When you scroll to the location you downloaded, you should see the street names and major landmarks.

But before you place all your hopes in a downloaded map, note that the downloads come with some limitations.

You won't be able to download transit, biking, or walking directions when using downloaded directions. The map will likely still be pretty blurry. You also won't have access to traffic information, alternate routes, or lane guidance. And if the routes change for whatever reason - maybe there's construction blocking a road - you won't be alerted.
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Downloaded maps will also take up storage space on your phone (you'll be told how much before you attempt the download), so it's a good idea to double check that you have enough space to accommodate the new download.

How to download maps from Google Maps to get driving directions offline
Every map will take up space on your phone.William Antonelli/Insider
And lastly, in some regions, offline downloading isn't an option due to contractual limitations and language support.

How to download maps in Google Maps on an iPhone or iPad

iPhone and iPad users who are familiar with the Google Maps app should find this process pretty painless. Here's how to get started:
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1. Open your Google Maps app and make sure that you're logged into your Google account.

2. In the search bar, search for the location you want to save, like "Portland."

3. The map will scroll to show the location you searched, and a tab will appear at the bottom of the screen that repeats the address and offers a few options. Below the address, scroll to the right and tap "Download."
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How to download maps from Google Maps to get driving directions offline
Tap the Download option.William Antonelli/Insider

4. You'll be asked to confirm that you want the download, and told how much space it'll take up on your phone. Tap "Download" to start it.

How to download maps from Google Maps to get driving directions offline
The larger the city, the more space it'll take up.William Antonelli/Insider

How to download maps in Google Maps on an Android

Downloading maps on your Android device is just as easy.
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1. Open your Google Maps app and make sure that you're logged into your Google account.

2. In the search bar, search for the location you want to save, like "Geneseo."

3. When it appears, tap on the name of the location at the bottom of the screen to pull up a tab with more details.
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How to download maps from Google Maps to get driving directions offline
Tap the details tab to pull it up.William Antonelli/Insider

4. Select Download, and then confirm by pressing Download again. You'll be told how much space the offline map will take up before you confirm.

How to download maps from Google Maps to get driving directions offline
The Download option will appear once you open this menu.William Antonelli/Insider
Important: To delete your downloaded maps, open Google Maps and tap your profile picture in the top-right corner, then tap Offline Maps. You'll be shown all your saved maps - to delete one, tap the three dots next to it and select Delete. Devon Delfino contributed to a previous version of this article.
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