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Download areas and navigate offline

If you're going where the Internet is slow, mobile data is expensive, or you can't get online, you can save an area from Google Maps to your phone or tablet and use it when you're offline.

Note: Downloading offline areas isn't available in some regions because of contractual limitations, language support, address formats, or other reasons.

Download an area to use offline

To download an area to use offline, follow the steps below.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Make sure you're connected to the Internet and signed in to Google Maps.
  3. Search for a place, like San Francisco.
  4. At the bottom, tap the bar that has the name of the place you searched. If you search for a place like a restaurant, tap More three vertical dots.
  5. Select Download .

Tip: The biggest size for an offline area is 120,000 square kilometers. If you try to save a bigger area, you'll be asked to zoom in to a smaller area.

Get offline directions and voice navigation

To get around using your downloaded area, use the Google Maps app just like you normally would.

If your Internet connection is slow or absent, you'll see a lightning bolt and Google Maps will use your offline areas to give you directions.

Note: You can get driving directions offline, but not transit, bicycling, or walking directions. In your driving directions, you won't have traffic info, alternate routes, or lane guidance. You also can't modify routes like avoiding tolls or ferries.

See, update, or delete your offline maps

Update offline areas

Offline areas that you downloaded on your phone or tablet need to be updated at least every 30 days. If your offline area expires in 15 days or less, Google Maps will try to update your area automatically when you're connected to Wi-Fi.

To update an offline area manually, follow the steps below.

From the notification

  1. In the "Update offline maps" notification, tap Update Now.
  2. Tap the expired map on the list.
  3. The offline map will update.

From anywhere else

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. In the top left, tap the Menu > Offline areas.
  3. Tap the expired area on the list.
  4. The offline area will update.
Delete offline areas

To delete an offline area, follow the steps below.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. In the top left, tap the Menu > Offline areas.
  3. Tap the area you want to delete.
  4. Tap Delete.

Tip: You can delete all the places you've saved for offline by clearing app data.

View your offline areas
  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Make sure you're signed in to your Google Maps.
  3. In the top left, tap the Menu > Offline areas.

Tip: If you have a saved location like "home" or "work," you'll see it as a recommended area. After tapping the area name, tap Download to save the area.

Rename areas you've saved for offline use
  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. In the top left, tap the Menu > Offline areas.
  3. Select an area.
  4. In the top right, tap Edit .
  5. Update the area name and tap Save.

Understand cost and data

Offline areas are free to download, but charges from your service provider still apply.

Downloading a large offline area could use a lot of data and cause your device to run slowly. You can adjust your download preferences in Offline settings.

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