Google Maps without internet? Here’s how to set up an offline plan on iOS or Android

It’s always when you need it most that your smartphone’s mobile internet connection fails. For example, when you drive close to your destination, but your GPS refuses to show the map, which can save you from long wanderings on these roads that you absolutely do not know.

If you’re used to using your phone as a GPS with Google Maps, you can avoid all these problems by simply downloading an offline version. Even without internet service, Google Maps will help you get where you want to go, you just need to download the right map in advance.

This will be especially useful if you are planning a trip to a place where you may not have access to internet service. You can download a map (or several) offline on Google Maps very simply and quickly.

Google Maps is a simple service that allows you to get directions and find businesses online. You can then zoom in using different viewing options, such as map or satellite

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How to Download Google Maps Offline

First, know that you don’t need to download Google Maps in its entirety. Before your trip, you can download a specific area, which could be a city, a region, or just the part of the map where you’ll be spending time and where you might not have cell service on your phone.

To download a Google Maps offline map, open the Google Maps app on iOS or Android and tap your profile picture in the top right (you must be signed in to your Google Account for this to work). In the menu that appears, tap Offline Plans > Choose your plan.

Use your fingers to place the map you want to download within the bounds of the rectangle. Use one finger to move around the map and a two-finger pinch to zoom in or out. As you scroll through the map, you’ll see how much storage space the download will take up on your phone. Once you are satisfied with the area, tap Download.

Map selection

Note: You can also enter a city or other area in Google Maps and then tap the Download button that appears in the drop-down window to download an offline map, but this only works on iPhone.

You must be connected to Wi-Fi to download the map. If you want to download via mobile, go to the Offline Plans page, tap the gear icon in the top right, tap Download Preferences, and choose via Wi-Fi or mobile network. Once your map has been uploaded, you will be returned to the Offline Maps page, where you can view all of your offline maps.

Preferences

You will now be able to use Google Maps even when you are offline, in the area you downloaded and only in this area. You won’t get extremely accurate travel times or alternative route options, as traffic and other road issues are not taken into account in real time, but you will get a general estimate of your travel time. Public transport, cycling and walking routes are also not available offline, only driving routes.

If you want more app tips, check out our list of 6 tips for Google Maps. To plan your routes, we also offer a selection of several GPS applications.

CNET.com article adapted and enriched by CNET France

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