How to download offline maps with Google Maps (iPhone and Android tutorial)


Google Maps is the industry leader when it comes to mapping for many reasons, but mostly because of the amazing quality and accuracy of maps that remains unmatched on a global scale. Unfortunately, for years, users have been unable to use Google Maps without an Internet connection. Not only was this a huge obstacle for travlers with no local SIM card and data plan, it also made searching for places slower because of the bottleneck introduced by the need to go to the Internet to check.

Luckily, Google has recently changed this by introducing offline maps to Google Maps for Android (the feature is coming soon to the iOS version of the app as well).

You cannot download a whole country (like you can on rival apps like Here Maps), but you still get a fairly large chunk of land available for download. You can download areas with sizes of up to 31 x 31 miles (50 x 50 kilometers), and you can have as many of those chunks saved for offline use.

What this means is that you can basically download a whole city for offline use. The offline maps will be active for 30 days and then they will be automatically updated for the latest information.

So how do you do it? How do you download offline maps for Android? We guide you step by step in this tutorial, take a look below.

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10 Comments

1. Rydsmith unregistered

Or just download Here maps.

5. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Great article. Thank you for posting Phone Arena.

8. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

oOMG you beat me to it! HERE Is MUCH better.

2. DevilsAdvocate

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Pretty useless offline with a 50km x 50 km. I have sygic and Maps.me . . . .and I just Love them.

6. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

WRONG. Try READING the article. I just used the Google Maps option to download Delaware, a larger portion of Pennsylvania, and the NYC Metro for ONE offline area.

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I agree, HERE maps is the much better option for offline. In the US, you can download entire states with HERE, not just some arbitrary 31x31 mile area. This is pretty weak Google, step it up.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Google offline maps; just a glorified screenshot map.

7. hakie

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Sorry but 50x50 km is useless..

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I'm in Wisconsin for business and cell service is spotty at best. I downloaded the whole state in 4 parts and now I have the same functionality as I did with connected maps. I get points of interest etc. I suggest trying it first before saying useless...

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The difference is, you can download an entire state in one part with HERE maps.

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