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Google Maps Update Makes Saving Maps for Offline Use Easier

Saving Google Maps offline is useful before taking a trip to a place where you might not get data connectivity. We showed you how to do it before, both in iOS and Android and, while that method isn’t too difficult, it was rather convoluted and limited in how it worked. The latest Google Maps app update streamlines the process and makes it even simpler with Offline Maps mode.

Saving Google Maps for Offline Use

This is how it’s done in the Android app, but the process is similar in iOS.

Start by finding the area you want to save.

If you want to save the area around a place that’s listed on Google Maps, just tap the place symbol, like I did for the airport in my city below. A place card will appear.

Google Maps save maps

If the place isn’t listed, you can drop a pin on the map by holding your finger in the area you want saved. Then, tap the pin to get a card.

Either way, after you do this, scroll down until you find Save Map to use offline.

Google Maps save

You will be asked to confirm and you can pan and zoom the area you want saved until you’re happy with it, after which you’ll be able to give the saved map a name.

Google Maps save pan

Your map will then be saved. The amount of time it takes will vary depending on the map area chosen and your data connection.

Google Maps saving

How To Access Saved Maps

Now, when you want to access to your saved map, just tap the little profile icon on the Google Maps app’s search bar.

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Google Maps profile

Then, scroll down until you find Offline maps and tap the one you want. You can use it freely.

Google Maps map

While things look different on iOS, the steps are basically identical:

Google Maps iOS

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