I use Google Maps to get around when traveling pretty often. Luckily, there’s a way to navigate around without using tons of data. This trick works by using a downloaded map, then navigating using your GPS location. By navigate, I don’t mean using the navigation settings, but by looking at your blue dot on the map and using that to figure out where you need to go.
I also star locations I’m interested in while connected to the internet to make it easier to navigate.
Hopefully this helps you as much as it has been helping me on this trip!
Download an area to use offline
Note: You can store your offline areas on your device or an SD card. If you change the way you store your offline areas, you’ll have to download your offline areas again.
- On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app .
- Make sure you’re connected to the Internet and signed in to Google Maps.
- Search for a place, like
- At the bottom, tap the name or address of the place. If you search for a place like a restaurant, tap More .
- Select Download .
The biggest size for an offline area is 120,000 square kilometers. If you try to save a bigger area, you’ll be asked to zoom in to a smaller area.
Use offline areas
After you download an area, use the Google Maps app just like you normally would.
If your Internet connection is slow or absent, you’ll see a lightning bolt and Google Maps will use your offline areas to give you directions.