Android users, there's a neat little feature inside your Google Maps app that you may not be aware of. It lets you download maps for offline use, which can be extremely useful when you find yourself somewhere you don't know too well, with no internet connection.
This feature has been recently introduced to Google Maps for Android and today I want to show you how to use it. Below you will find a simple four-step guide, which will help you save maps to your device's memory and access them at anytime and from anywhere.
Please keep in mind that the app can only save the area that's in the view and some maps may expire after a few days. To find out how to manage saved apps, see the description below the guide.
How to save Google Maps for offline use:
- Launch the app.
- Navigate the map to the location that you want to save.
- Touch the Search bar (large white bar at the top of the screen) and scroll to the bottom.
- Tap Save map to use offline.
That's it! Your map should start downloading immediately. If you want to save a map of a previously searched location, tap the bar at the bottom, push the menu button and select "Save offline map".
To manage saved maps, swipe in from the left edge of the screen and tap "Your places". You will see a list of your saved places, at the bottom of which is the offline maps section. From there you can browse, update or delete your maps as well as see their size and expiration date.