Google Maps on Android lets you save and use maps offline, especially helpful when traveling abroad without access to a mobile network. With offline maps, you can create custom maps to help you get directions anywhere in the world.
With the update to version 8.0, the steps have been simplified even more on smartphones and tablets.
1. Find the map you want to save
Open Google Maps and search for the location you need. You can do this in two ways.
First method: type the location name in the search bar and then tap on the name of the place that comes up.
Search for the name of the place you want to access offline. Then, tap on the bottom bar with the name (second image),
Second method: Manually move the map to the location you’re interested in, and then tap on the search bar at the top to open the menu that’ll let you save the map.
2. Save the map
When the menu opens, scroll down until you find the option to Save map to use offline.
Look for the option to save the map offline.
Enlarge the map or zoom out with the index finger and thumb on the screen to choose the map size.
Once you’ve defined the area, click on the Save button. After that, you’ll have to name the map and hit Save.
Resize and name the map
3. View maps offline, and manage them
To access the map offline, open Maps and tap on the shape of the person in the top right corner. Once the menu opens, you can scroll through to find your map.
Access the saved map
Tapping on View and manage gives you access to a page where you can rename, delete, and update the maps you have saved.
Manage offline maps
Beware of maps that expire
Offline maps can be very useful, but beware: a saved map only lasts thirty days before it’s automatically deleted. If you’re planning a trip, save the map just before leaving or remember to update it.