More often than not your mobile signal drops at the worst possible time. Usually when you’re somewhere unfamiliar and you’re trying to use Google Maps. However, preparation can make sure that that’s not too much of a problem. The Maps app lets you download maps to use offline. You won’t be able to get directions, but you will be able to look for landmarks and get your bearings. This tutorial will walk you through creating and managing offline maps, and give you a few tricks to make sure you never get lost again.
1. Find where you’re going
First up, load the Google Maps app, then search for the place you want to go. Once it’s fully loaded, tap on its name in the box underneath the search bar. This will take you to a series of different options and various other information for your intended destination. The one we’re interested in says Save map to use offline.
2. Or do it this way
Alternatively, just swipe through the map to the part of the world you’re heading to. When you’ve found it, tap in the search bar at the top of the screen. Rather than typing anything in, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see the same Save map to use offline option. Tap on this and move on.
3. Make sure it’s correct
Next the app will let you zoom in and move your view around. Make sure you’ve got all the information you need onscreen. Anything you see you’ll be able to zoom in on, and you can make adjacent maps to cover a larger area. When you’re done tap on the save button. This will create your offline map for you.
4. Find your maps
When you’ve captured the map sections that you need, tap on the head-shaped icon to the side of the search bar. This will take you to your Google Maps profile. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see the Offline maps section. This is where your new creations are stored. Give it a tap.
5. Use them wisely
You’ll see a list of all the offline maps you’ve made. Tapping the menu button next to a map lets you rename it, delete it if you’re done or update it, which lets you add any new information to the map that Google might have added since you first created it. You can make new maps from here as well.