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How to use GPS on Android without internet

24 mayo, 2021

Access to a stable data connection and an online map, especially when we are traveling abroad, is not always possible. That, if we are in a city that we do not know, it can mean that we get lost and wander the streets until we find our destination. Fortunately, mobiles are equipped with GPS and Google Maps connection, the Google maps app, and we can use them to get a route even offline.

It has long been possible to download custom maps on Google Maps. What does that work for? In short, to obtain a specific area of ​​a map (with its establishments, addresses, ratings …) and access it offline. Let’s see how to do it.

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How to use Google Maps offline

Google maps The process to download maps in Google Maps is really simple.

Google Maps is one of the applications that They come pre-installed on all Android phones, so surely you have used it on occasion or other. To download a map, all you have to do is the following:

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Display the menu by sliding to the right or by clicking on the three lines in the upper left area.
  3. Click on “Offline Maps”.
  4. You will see the option “Select your own map”, click on it.
  5. Zoom in and put the area you want to download in the blue box.
  6. Click on “Download” when ready.

Google Maps will notify you of how much space the map you are going to download will occupy, but don’t worry, the normal thing is that a big map is about 350 MB. For example, downloading Portugal almost completely takes about 370 MB, so you can rest easy. You can repeat this process as many times as you want to, for example, save several cities in different countries.

By default, maps downloaded from Google Maps will automatically update when you connect to a WiFi network

Note that maps expire per month if not updated. By default, Google Maps is configured to update downloaded maps when you connect to a WiFi network, so if you connect in a bar or hotel the process will be done automatically and the expiration date will be renewed.

I already have the map, now what?

Google Maps 2 With the offline maps of Google Maps you can get directions to go by car, but not to go on foot or by public transport. Also, the information shown in the places is limited.

Now you can put your phone in airplane mode and use Google Maps almost as you normally would. And we say “almost” because not all functions are available offline. If you download a map on Google Maps You can only get routes by car no traffic information, alternative routes, or lane directions.

What does that mean? What you can’t get walking routes, by bicycle or by public transport, which can be a bit tedious depending on what circumstances. What you can do is get the address of a restaurant, monument or place of interest, see its score (but not the reviews of other users) and guide you using the street map and your location.

Google maps

Google maps

  • Developer: Google
  • Price: Free
  • Download it at: Google play
  • Category: Tours and guides

But I need walking directions, are there options?

Here Maps Here you can also download maps and get walking routes.

If you are on tourism and what you are looking for is a offline map that allows you to go to all the places on foot, Google Maps, for now, is not an option. An app that you can use as a substitute is HERE WeGo. Like Google Maps, HERE WeGo is completely free and allows you to download maps to consult them without internet.

In addition, its download system is more intuitive because it uses your location to suggest which map you should download. In my case, when detecting my geolocation, it has suggested “Andalucía” (425.5 MB), but it also allows download entire continents such as Europe, Asia or America (divided in two: South America on the one hand and North America and Central America on the other). These maps weigh much more, 15 GB in the case of Europe, but great evils, great remedies.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open HERE WeGo.
  2. Display the menu by clicking on the three lines in the upper left area.
  3. Click on “Download maps”.
  4. Select the one you want to download.

The good thing is that once you have downloaded the maps in HERE WeGo, you can put the mobile in airplane mode and get routes on foot. In this article we review other offline map applications, in case Google Maps or HERE WeGo do not convince you. Be that as it may, and whatever app it is, once you have downloaded the maps, you can use them without fear of consuming your data rate or charging you for roaming.

HERE WeGo

HERE WeGo

  • Developer: HERE Apps
  • Price: Free
  • Download it at: Google play
  • Category: Tours and guides