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Learn how to use Google Maps offline and save data every day

It's been a while since Google Maps relies on the "Offline Maps" feature. With it, you can save a copy of the maps of the regions you frequent most, and trace routes or use navigation without the need for an internet connection. Here's how this feature works and learn how to save, update, rename, and remove an offline map from your device.

How to use Google Maps offline

To access the offline function of Google Maps, go to the menu with the three traits in the upper left corner and click Offline Maps. There will be your maps saved, if any. In addition, you can tap "Select your map" to download the map of an area, which defaults around your home. Pinch with your fingers to increase or decrease the size of the area to be lowered. Maps shows just below the selected area how much space to use.

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Download Google Maps areas / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

After downloading, Google Maps will automatically use the offline map by recognizing that you are in a location with unstable service or without any internet connection. When you find a connection, you will return to online mode to access all service features, including traffic conditions for your current route.

By default, maps are downloaded only over Wi-Fi connections to avoid consuming high data rates.

Use Maps without spending data

When Maps cannot find an internet connection, it automatically goes offline. But it tries both a Wi-Fi connection and mobile data (3G or 4G) if Wi-Fi is not available. If you don't want to spend your data, just tap the menu at the top left and select the "Wi-Fi only" option.

Thus, whenever there is no Wi-Fi connection (even if mobile data is on), Maps will switch to offline mode. Remember that in this mode you will not have real time information such as traffic conditions and the next buses in your region.

Save maps to an SD card

The Google Maps standard saves maps in the smartphone's internal memory. You can, however, change this setting and save them to a memory card. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Insert an SD card into the device.
  • In Google Maps, click on the top left corner of the screen.
  • Touch Offline Maps.
  • In the upper right corner, click the gear icon (Settings).
  • Go to Storage Preferences, choose "SD Card" and click Save.

Update your maps offline

The maps you downloaded to your device have an expiration date, and "expire" if not updated. Google Maps itself takes care of updating via Wi-Fi as soon as it detects that a map will expire in less than 15 days. But if you want you can do a manual map update:

  • Open the Google Maps app.
  • Touch the menu at the top left and Offline Maps.
  • Select the map you want to update.
  • Tap Update.
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Edit locations saved by Google Maps / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

How to rename offline maps

Each map has a name that was defined by you when it was saved. If you want to rename this, do the following:

  • Open the Google Maps app.
  • Touch the menu at the top left and Offline Maps.
  • Select the map you want to rename.
  • Tap the pencil icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Enter the new name and click Save.
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Rename Your Maps / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Delete offline maps stored on your device

To delete a downloaded map and free up space on your device, just follow the steps below:

  • Open the Google Maps app.
  • Touch the menu at the top left of the screen and then Offline Maps.
  • Select the map you want to delete.
  • Tap Delete.
  • Confirm that you want to delete the map.
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Delete maps you no longer use / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

So what did you think of Google Maps offline? Already tested? Tell us in the comments.

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