How to Download and Use Google Maps for Android, iOS Without Internet

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Lost in Nowhereland with no Internet connection as far as you can see? As always, Google Maps can help you find your way back, as long as you have an iOS or an Android device, even if you are offline. Google recently added a feature to Google Maps, which lets you save maps to your phone.
Yes, you can now check maps even when there is no Internet connection. The downside is that you will not have access to route information, addresses, navigation, traffic, and a host of other data that require an Internet connection. However, having map data for reference might just save you a lot of time. Here’s how to use this nifty feature on iOS and Android. The steps are identical for both platforms.

What you need to use this feature

You’re going to need an Android or iOS device. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available on other platforms. Google Maps version 3, which was released last week on iOS, added support for offline maps. Android users, be sure to update to Google Maps version 8 before following the steps listed below.

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How to use Google Maps offline mode on iOS, Android

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When Google revamped the look of Google Maps for iOS and Android, users were upset about the lack of traditional features. Some users were so upset, the option of reverting to a much older versionof the app was the answer.

With Google’s announcement today, Google Maps is finally starting to gain some of the beloved features that were once left out. One such feature is proper Offline Mode. While there was a method for caching offline maps in prior versions of Google Maps, it was less than intuitive.

The new version streamlines the process of not only saving a section for offline use, but for accessing said sections later when you’re without a connection.

The process is identical on both iOS and Android.

  • First, you’ll need to install the update. The iOS version is now at 3.0, while Android is at 8.0. Android users who aren’t seeing the update right away should keep checking back. Google likes to slowly release Android updates.

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