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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 maps isn't available in some regions because of contractual limitations, language support, address formats, or other reasons.

Step 1: Download a map

Note: You can save maps on your device or an SD card. If you change the way you save maps, you’ll have to download the map again.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google 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 name or address of the place and then Download Download. If you searched for a place like a restaurant, tap More More and then Download offline map.

Save offline maps on an SD card

Offline maps are downloaded on your device’s internal storage by default, but you can download them on an SD card instead. If your device is on Android 6.0 or higher, you can only save an area to an SD card that's configured for portable storage. Learn how to configure your SD card.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, insert an SD card.
  2. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  3. In the top left, tap the Menu Menu and then Offline maps.
  4. In the top right, tap Settings Settings.
  5. Under "Storage preferences," tap Device and then SD card.

Step 2 (optional): Save battery and mobile data

You'll use offline maps, but can still use other apps with mobile data.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then turn on Wi-Fi only.

Notes:

  • You can get driving directions offline, but not transit, bicycling, or walking directions.
  • You won't have traffic info, alternate routes, or lane guidance.
  • You can't change routes, like avoiding tolls or ferries.

Use offline maps

After you download an area, use the Google Maps app just like you normally would.

If your Internet connection is slow or absent, Google Maps will use your offline maps to give you directions.

Notes:

  • 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.
  • To save cell data and battery life, use "Wi-Fi only" mode. In this mode, when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, Google Maps will only use data from the offline maps that you’ve downloaded. Before you use this mode, make sure you download offline maps. To turn on this mode, open the Google Maps app Google Maps and then Menu Menu and thennext to "Wi-Fi only," turn the switch on.

Manage offline maps

See a list of your offline maps
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. In the top left, tap the Menu Menu and then Offline maps.

Tip: You may see recommended areas like "home," "work," or "local." After tapping the area name, tap Download to download the area.

Delete offline maps
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. In the top left, tap the Menu Menu and then Offline maps.
  3. Tap the area you want to delete.
  4. Tap Delete.
Rename areas you’ve downloaded for offline use
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. In the top left, tap the Menu Menu and then Offline maps.
  3. Select an area.
  4. In the top right, tap Edit Edit.
  5. Update the area name and tap Save.
Update offline maps

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

If your offline maps aren’t automatically updated, you can update them by following the steps below.

From the notification

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

From anywhere else

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. In the top left, tap the Menu Menu and then Offline maps.
  3. Tap the expired or expiring area on the list.
  4. Tap Update.
  5. The offline area will update.
See maps based on your upcoming trips
You can also download offline maps based on places you're going to in the future. These trips can come from Gmail, Google Trips, Hangouts, and other places. You'll see offline maps you can download under "Recommended maps."
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