To get the most out of Google Maps, you’ll need to make sure you have a reliable Internet connection. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to use the navigation app in dead zones.
Google Maps allows you to download maps of certain areas and neighborhoods to your phone so that they can be accessed offline. It’s important to note that you will need to be connected to the Internet in order to save these maps to your device. But once they’ve been downloaded, you’ll be able to access them anytime, whether your phone is online or offline.
There are also some limitations to keep in mind. When downloading maps for offline use, you’ll only be able to access driving directions, since transit, bicycling, and walking directions are only available online. Google updated Maps last year to support the ability to search for places and get turn-by-turn driving directions among other additions. You can also view and delete places you’ve saved by pressing the menu button and tapping the “Offline areas” option.
Check out the video above to learn how to download maps for offline use in Google Maps.