Given that wifi is so widely available in most places, I don’t usually buy a sim card when I travel. However, this means that if I need to use maps on my phone, I’ve got no chance. While getting lost is fun, eventually you want to find your intended destination. This is one of the best things I learned about travelling so just follow these simple steps and learn how to download offline maps. All you need is wifi and 5 minutes!
- Is Google Maps or MAPS.ME Better?
- How To Download Offline MAPS.ME
- How To Download Offline Google Maps
Is Google Maps or MAPS.ME Better?
I would literally be lost without my two favourite map apps: Google Maps and MAPS.ME. Offline maps are super helpful in any country – even at home when you’re travelling to areas without phone reception (I’m looking at you, Western Australia).
The better app for travelling though is MAPS.ME. This is because you can download maps for an entire country quite easily and the map displays all landmarks, driving and walking routes.
The only limitation to MAPS.ME is you can’t search for a physical address. This is where Google Maps comes in handy. Google Maps allows you to search landmarks as well as specific addresses but only displays a driving route, not a walking one.
In general, I use MAPS.ME but will also have Google Maps handy in case I need to fidn a specific address that isn’t a popular landmark.
How To Download Offline MAPS.ME
Step 1: Open MAPS.ME
Once you have your MAPS.ME app open, to download offline maps you will need to select the bar in the bottom right-hand corner and choose ‘Download maps’.
Step 2: Select the country
The great thing about MAPS.ME is you can download maps for an entire country rather than having to search for custom areas like Google Maps. Type in the name of the country that you want to download a map for. Depending on the size of the country, you will often be given an option of downloading a single map for the country or multiple maps divided into areas.
For example, Australia has eleven maps to choose from whereas Laos only has one. The USA will have a map (and sometimes two) for each state.
Step 3: Select the map or maps to download.
Just hit the download symbol on the left-hand side of the area name and your map will begin downloading.
Once the download is complete, you will have access to the map offline. You should also check in from time to time to delete maps you no longer need for space. To do this, hit ‘download maps’ again and you will have your list of downloaded maps.
How To Download Offline Google Maps
Step 1: Find area to download
Once you have your Google Maps app open, navigate to the area that you want to download. You can do this by searching the name of the country or city. Once you have found the area that you want to download a map for, click on the bar at the top. Select ‘Offline areas’.
Step 2: Choose ‘Custom area’.
Zoom in or out depending on the size of the area that you want to cover. You will be limited by size so you can’t zoom out too far. If you receive this error, just download a couple of various custom areas to make up for the size needed. Otherwise, go ahead and select the area that you need covered.
Step 4: Name the offline area and hit save.
Once you have the offline area, name it and click ‘save’.
VOILA! Map is downloading and accessible offline. To use the map, you can see any points within the offline area that you downloaded included addresses.
To test that all your maps are working, you should put your phone in aeroplane mode and confirm.
And that’s all there is to it!
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