How To Video: Access Google Maps offline
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How To Video: Access Google Maps offline

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Going off the grid? Find out how to save Google Maps for offline access on iOS and Android.

[MUSIC] Whether you're traveling without a data plan or entering a dead zone, it's a good idea to save Google Maps, for offline access. The process is simple and works the same for both iOS and Android. So, lets say you're planning a trip where you know you won't have service. First, launch Google Maps and find the map area that you wanna save. When you're there, tap the Search bar, and scroll down until you see Save map to use offline. Tap that. Now make any last minute adjustments by zooming in and panning, to the specific area you wanna save. If the area is too large, Google Maps will tell you. When you're set, hit Save at the bottom, give the map a name, hit Save again, and within seconds, your map will be available offline. Now, you can't use that map to get directions or find landmarks but, you can still use it like an old paper map, to find your way around the city. If you need to easily find your saved map, tap the profile icon from the main screen and go all the way down to Offline maps. Here, tap a saved map to view it, or, hit View and manage to rename. Delete or update any maps you've saved. Maps are automatically deleted after 30 days. So repeat this process if you want a map to remain available after that time. With your Google Maps offline, you'll know exactly where you're going, even when you're off the grid. If you have any questions or tips of your own, hit me up on Twitter, and check out cnet.com/how-to, for more tips like this. For CNET, I'm Sharon Profis. [MUSIC]

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