Google Map: Download and use it offline on Android, iOS

Google map is one of the most used apps in android or iOS at this time. Whether you are using a smart phone or a tablet Google Map makes navigating much faster and easier.

Right now, Google map is providing maps in about 220 countries with voice guided GPS navigation and detailed information of over 100 million places around the world! Imagine you are on a business trip and looking for the best places in the town you are right now. Instead of bothering local people around, you could look straight into Google map and get the directions to get there. Sounds easy, right? But, what if you are out into nowhere land with no connection to the internet? No Wi-Fi, no 3G, nothing. Well, in that case you need to know that Google map has an offline map feature, that allows you to access maps regardless of any internet connection to your device.

Although, you’ll not have several features of Google map such as, satellite, terrain, indoor maps, and 3D buildings along with features that need internet connection like directions and navigation. And there is also a limitation of the map size of 50km x 50km, anything bigger than that will have to be saved in several parts for offline use. The maps will expire in 30 days. You’ll have to update it regularly, otherwise it’ll be deleted automatically. But with all these limitations, offline map feature might save you from a lot of hassle for your little effort..

Now to save Google map offline, Google map is needed to be installed on your android or iOS device at first. Right using the latest Google map 9 requirement is at least android 4.1 or any later version of android. If you are using iPhone or iPad the new Google map 4.0.0 is supported only for iOS 6 or any later version of iOS. This new version has better graphics and the feature of making restaurant reservation from the app directly but only inside United States.

Find out your existing Google map version:
If you already have a version of Google map but don’t know which version it is, then you can check it very easily. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Google map.
  2. Tap on the menu button(the three dots that are vertically aligned).
  3. Then go to Settings.
  4. Now you can see the version information by selecting About.

It is recommended that you update to the latest version of Google map as the new version contains several bug fixes. Although if you want to keep the currently installed map, than you should know that, the offline map feature was added after Google map version 3 came out, anything before that does not have this feature.

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New Google map 9

There are many different ways to save maps to use it offline. We will talk about each of the available methods for the latest version of Google map that came out on November 6, 2014 as well as any previous versions that has this feature available.

Saving Map that you are already browsing:
If you are already in a map that you want to save, just tap inside the search box, you will see there is a Save map to use offline option. Tap on it and you’ll be able to save it.

Saving map the easiest way
Saving Map that you are already browsing

Typing ok map:
Type ok map in the search box or tap on the microphone button and say ok map. You can then select or zoom the area that you need save and that’s it! After saving the map you can rename it to whatever you want this map to be named.

Save using ok map
ok map

Using the menu:
This is another way to save a map. This method actually accomplishes the same thing but kind of elaborated than the other method.

  1. Search for the place that you want to save using the search box, or tap and hold on the map to drop a pin.

    Type the name of the area
    search the area
  2. Pull up the place info sheet by tapping at the bottom of the screen and then tap on the menu button.

    Tap and hold
    Tap and hold
  3. Ignore the Save and Share option here. Just tap on the three dot button.

    Tap on the menu
    Tap on the menu
  4. You’ll see the save map offline option. You might have to sign into your Google account if you haven’t already.

    saving your map
    saving your map
  5. Pan or zoom in or out to select the part of the map that you want to save. Only part of the map that is on the screen will be saved. This offline map has a limitation of 50km x 50km. If your desired map is of a bigger area then you’ll have to save it in several parts.

    Save your map
    Save your map
  6. Tap on save option to save the map.
  7. The map will start to save on your device. After a few moment you’ll see a confirmation message of saving the map.

    Saving of your map
    wait for the confirmation message
  8. You can rename it to a desired name now.

    Name your map
    rename

Saving map in older version of Google map or Android:
At first make sure that internet connection is available, then follow these steps.

  1. Sign in to your Google account.
  2. Search for the place using the search box and then zoom or pan to select the area.
  3. Tap on the menu button.
  4. Select the Make available offline to save the selected area of the map.

Each of the offline maps are roughly about 10MByte. So if you are planning to save maps of large area in several overlapping parts, then we recommend to do it with a Wi-Fi connection, as it will be cheaper.

Viewing the offline map:
To check the saved map you don’t need any internet connection. But you won’t be able to use any online features this time. To view the previously saved maps-

  1. Tap on the menu button.
  2. Select Your places.
  3. Scroll down to Offline Maps and you’ll see the View all and manage option. Tap on it and you’ll see the list of all saved maps.

    View your map
    View your map

For Older Versions:

  1. Tap on Maps, then select My Places, then select Offline.
  2. Tap on the saved maps to view it.
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view the maps
Update
Update

Other options for Offline maps:
There are some other options you can see while viewing the offline maps like saving a new offline map.There are also some others options from the menu such as, Rename, Update, and Delete. The Update option is necessary as the offline maps are temporary and automatically deleted after 30 days.

These are all the methods to save maps for offline use. Now you’ll never have to worry about internet connection to access maps around the world. Although there are some areas for which you wont be able to use offline map feature. To see if the map is available for offline use please check here.

Source: Google.com and Download3k.com