Download an offline map

If you're going where mobile data is expensive or you won't have an Internet connection, you can save a map to your device and use it when you're offline. Here’s how:

  1. Make sure you're connected to the Internet and signed in to your Google account.
  2. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  3. Search for a place, like "San Francisco."
  4. At the bottom, touch the bar that has the name of the place you searched.
  5. In the upper right, touch the menu three vertical dots.
  6. To save the map, select Save offline map. And follow the directions on the screen.
  7. To view your offline map, see the directions for viewing your saved maps below.

Note: The biggest size for an offline map is 50km x 50km. If you try to save an area bigger than that, you'll be asked to zoom in to a smaller area.

What you can do with offline maps

View your saved maps
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Touch the menu  > Your places.
  3. Scroll down to "Offline maps" and touch View all and manage.
Rename or update your saved maps
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Touch the menu  > Your places.
  3. Scroll down to the "Offline maps" and touch View all and manage.
  4. To the right of the saved map, touch the menu icon three vertical dots.
  5. Touch Rename or Update.
Delete a saved offline map
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Touch the menu  > Your places.
  3. Scroll down to the "Offline maps" and touch View all and manage.
  4. To the right of the saved map, touch the menu icon three vertical dots.
  5. Touch Delete.

Tip: You can delete all your saved offline maps by clearing app data.

You won’t delete your saved offline maps if you sign out of the Google Maps app, delete your Web & App Activity, or delete your Maps history.

Troubleshooting

Error messages in offline maps

"The on-screen map area is too large"

If you see this error, zoom in to a smaller area on the map until you see the Save button appear at the bottom of the map.

"Some of your offline maps are out of date"

You'll see this message when your saved map needs to be updated.
Learn more about the "some of your offline maps are out of date" notification.

Can’t find “Save an offline map”

Try these steps for older versions of Google Maps. If you don’t see “Make available offline,” offline maps isn’t available in the area. Learn more about where offline maps is available.

Download offline maps

  1. Make sure you're connected to the Internet, then open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Search for a place, like "San Francisco." Pinch and zoom to select the area that you want to save.
  4. To save the selected area of the map, touch the menu three vertical dots > Make available offline.

Note: You can download up 6 maps, as long as you have enough storage space on your device.

View your saved offline maps

  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Touch Maps > My Places > Offline.
  3. Touch the saved map to see a detailed view of your offline map.

Rename and delete your saved offline maps

  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Go to My places > Offline.
  3. In the top right, touch the menu three vertical dots.
  4. Touch Rename or Delete.

To delete your entire offline list:

  1. Go to Settings > Offline and cache.
  2. Touch Clear all map tiles.
Can’t search, use navigation and other features

Even if you save an offline map, certain features won’t work if you don’t have an internet connection, like searching, navigation, and map layers.

How to find places on offline maps

To find places on the map, you can zoom in to more details on your offline map. Your saved map includes streets, places, and other maps data.

Tip: Since you cannot search an offline map, name offline maps after place you’ll want to find again later.

For example, if you're traveling to a big city, you can save a map for each neighborhood you're visiting. Name the map after the neighborhood, so that you can easily find it later.

Data and cost

Maps are free to download, but phone and carrier data rates continue to apply. Downloading a large map could use a lot of data, and cause your device to run slowly as well.