Google Maps is one indispensable tool on the mobile when we travel, as we use it to locate ourselves in the city, reach our destinations in the fastest way and also to find restaurants with take-away food.
However, you might think that the usefulness of Google Maps boils down to being an application that needs an internet connection to work. Fortunately, this is a myth that we will disprove in this article, in which we will show you how you can use Maps even if you don't have a connection.
In the following lines we will see how you can download maps from Google Maps, come see them when you have no connection and how to manage them at will. Are you ready to learn how to get the most out of the Google Maps application even if you don't have the Internet? Let's go there.
How to use Google Maps without an internet connection
If you download maps on Google Maps, you can view them offline.
When planning a trip occasionally, we have used offline map applications to guide us through the destination city when mobile data is not working or WiFi networks are not available.
But it is not necessary to download other apps to have this function, we already have the solution inside the Android mobile and yes call Google Maps.
The Google maps app has a tool called Offline Maps with which you can download the maps you will need when you don't have internet access to the terminal memory. By downloading them, you can browse them and get directions to get by car to any point included in it.
There are some details we need to specify, such as the fact that when using downloaded maps no traffic information is received, alternative routes or lane indications. Also, you will not be able to get directions for public transport, cycling or walking.
Despite these limitations, Google Maps offline maps are a great option when traveling to an area where you don't have mobile data or Wi-Fi or the internet connection is simply slow.
How to download updated Google Maps maps
After that brief introduction on how Google Maps offline maps work, we will delve into its use on an Android mobile.
Before you can see a map of an offline area, you must download it to your terminal. The steps to do this are as follows:
- Open Google Maps on your mobile.
- In the search engine, enter the name of the specific area you want to download. They can be large areas, like Spain, or smaller ones, like Mérida. The size of the area will directly affect the weight of the map you download to your mobile.
- Click on the tab below with the name of the area.
- Tap the button "Download" to the right of the options bar.
- Confirm you want to download this map by doing again click su «Download».
And voila, you've already downloaded the updated map in the Google Maps app. Now is the time to learn how to use it in those times when your phone's internet connection is difficult or nothing.
How to use Google Maps offline
Once the map is downloaded, you can continue to use Google Maps as normal. When the app detects that you don't have an internet connection or that its speed is slow, will use the downloaded maps to show you the information you need.
We remind you that, when offline maps are in use, the application will not give you directions to get around by bicycle or public transport, as well as it will not show you information on current traffic.
On the other hand, We recommend that you activate the "WiFi only" function from the Maps settings. Therefore, when you are not connected to a WiFi network, Maps will use the downloaded map data to save megabytes of your mobile rate and battery as well.
Another thing to know about using offline maps is that you should update them before they expire. From Settings> Offline Map Settings, you can enable automatic offline map update when connected to a WiFi network, and thus forget about having to do it manually.
Where are the downloaded Google Maps stored?
Maps downloaded from Google Maps are saved in a section called "Offline Maps". It's in the same place where you can manually update maps, change their names, delete them when you don't need them anymore, and even download new maps.
We explain step by step how to manage maps downloaded in Google Maps.
- Open the Google Maps app and click on your profile photo in the top right corner.
- Select "Offline folder".
- Click the three-dot button to the right of a map to display a menu with several options: Update, View, Rename and Delete.
- Select the action you want to perform.
Also, from the top "Select your map" function, you can create new maps for download. As long as the memory of your mobile allows this, it is best to have the maps of the most common areas for you stored on your mobile phone, so that you can use them in case of connection loss at any time.
These offline maps are one of the most important features of Google Maps, but there are others just as useful that you should know about. Eg, the mode of browsing in incognito of Maps, with which you can browse privately and safely.