Tip of the Day: How to Use Google Maps Offline

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If you are traveling to a place where you won't have reliable or affordable access to data or Wi-Fi, Google Maps allows you to save the maps you need ahead of time for later offline use. 

With your iPhone connected to Wi-Fi, open the Google Maps app and search for the location for which you need a map (you'll need to be signed in to Google to save maps). Once the area you've searched for is displayed, tap on the name of the location at the bottom of the screen.

Next, tap on the three dots icon located at the top right, and then select Save Offline Map.

Pinch in or out to zoom in or out on the area you'd like to save (if you zoom out too far, the map will become too large to save). Tap Save, title your map, and then tap save again. 

To view your saved maps, tap the menu icon to the top left and then select Your Places from the list of options.

At the bottom of the page, you'll see a list of the maps you've saved. Note: maps will only stay on your device for up to 29 days.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the web editor of iPhone Life magazine. She has written for savvyvegetarian.com and worked as the associate editor of the Iowa Source for many years.