How to download directions from Google Maps to use while driving without internet

Downloading directions from Google Maps for offline use can be very helpful when you’re driving in areas with poor or no internet connectivity. Here’s how you can download directions for offline use:

On Android:

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your Android device.
  2. Ensure that you are signed in to your Google account.
  3. Type in your destination in the search bar and press “Enter” or select it from your previous searches.
  4. Tap on the name or address of the destination at the bottom of the screen to open the details page.
  5. Tap on the “Download” button, which usually looks like a download arrow or cloud icon.
  6. You may be asked to select a specific area or region to download. Drag and resize the map area as needed to cover your route.
  7. Tap “Download” or “Save” to start the download. The map and directions for that area will be saved offline.
  8. To access your downloaded directions, go to the Google Maps app, tap your profile picture in the top-right corner, and select “Offline maps.” You will see your downloaded maps listed there.

On iOS (iPhone or iPad):

Please note that as of my last knowledge update in September 2021, Google Maps on iOS had limited offline navigation capabilities. You could save areas for offline use, but turn-by-turn directions might not be available without an active internet connection. However, Google Maps features may have evolved since then, so it’s a good idea to check the latest updates in the app.

Here’s how you can save areas for offline use on iOS:

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your iOS device.
  2. Make sure you are signed in to your Google account.
  3. Type in your destination in the search bar and press “Enter” or select it from your previous searches.
  4. Tap the name or address of the destination at the bottom of the screen to open the details page.
  5. Tap “Download” or “Save map to use offline.”
  6. Drag and resize the map area as needed to cover your route.
  7. Tap “Download” to save the map for offline use.
  8. To access your downloaded maps, tap your profile picture in the top-right corner of the app and select “Offline maps.” You will find your saved maps there.

Remember that offline maps have limitations, and you may not get real-time traffic updates or turn-by-turn directions without an internet connection. It’s a good practice to test your offline maps and directions before your trip to ensure they work as expected. Additionally, make sure to keep your downloaded maps updated as they can expire after a while.

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