Our smartphones are now integrated into our daily lives, and even when we’re on vacation in another land, we rely on our handsets to navigate us around with the use of Google Maps. However, when you open up the application, connect to your data plan, you will just be draining all the money away from your wallet (and possibly even your bank account) because of roaming charges. Therefore, you’re either stuck on a Wi-Fi connection for you to navigate around, or you can download map data so that you can navigate around the place without even having to connect to the Internet. Curious? Read on to know how to do this.
Download Google Maps Data to Navigate Without the Use of the Internet
Step 1 – In order to download map data from Google Maps, the first thing you have to do is, of course, to open up the application. Make sure that you’re signed into your Google account and that GPS is enabled within your device. To check that you’re signed in or not, tap on the three horizontal bars that is located to the left of the search bar. Once you do, check if your name and email address is shown. If it is then you are signed in; if it’s not there, then you should see a Sign in option.
Step 2 – Once you’re properly singed into Google Maps, you will see an option that says “Offline areas” found within the same menu. When you tap this, you will see “Recommended areas,” as well as your Home location. Do take note that downloads only persist inside your phone’s system for 29 days. Hence, it is wise to download map data only when you think you’ll need it.
Step 3 – Downloads can take up as much as 500MB of storage space depending on the road density of the area. However, rural areas can even use up ten times less than this amount. It is an advantage that there is no limit as to how many areas you can download, as the only limit is the storage capacity of your device.
Step 4 – Search for the place in Google Maps that you intend to visit and then tap the big blue + button. You can then zoom in or out and the app will tell you if the area is too large or not. When you’re satisfied by the size, just tap the Download button to initiate the, well, download. After this is done, you can now navigate within your vacation spot even without having to connect to the Internet.
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