Google Maps is an amazing navigational resource và one of the most popular mapping apps in use across the world. Its one weak point is that it requires an active internet connection to work.

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One workaround to keep Google Maps working for you when you travel khổng lồ locations where there’s no cellular data is to tải về maps for offline viewing.

You can vì chưng this on your laptop (if you plan khổng lồ take your máy tính xách tay with you traveling), or this is an embedded feature using the Google Maps mobile tiện ích for tiện ích ios or Android. 

Download Google Maps for Offline Viewing via the Browser

You can tải về maps on Google Maps for offline viewing from the browser. However, this feature isn’t built-in as a one-click option. It requires a workaround using custom maps.

Download Your maps in KML/KMZ Format

This solution involves downloading a Google map location in KML/KMZ format. You can then use any maps client (like Google Earth) that can view this map format lớn use your map offline.

1. Open Google Maps and log into your Google account. Xuất hiện the Google Maps menu and select Your places.


2. This will take you to lớn your danh sách of saved places. Select Maps from the menu to view your các mục of custom maps that you’ve created. This will be blank if you haven’t created any. Select Create Map khổng lồ create a new custom map.


3. On the next map, use the tìm kiếm field to lớn find the location you want to travel to. Select the blue magnifying glass button to lớn find that location on the map.


4. Select Add khổng lồ map next lớn the location pin. This will place the location on the left pane. It will be located outside of any existing layer. You’ll need to showroom the location to lớn a layer before you can export it as an offline map. Select the + icon next khổng lồ that location to showroom it lớn an existing untitled layer.


5. Next you can export the maps for offline use. Select the three dots lớn the right of the bản đồ name to mở cửa the menu. Select Export lớn KML/KMZ from the menu.

Note: Make sure you’ve zoomed out the maps to the cấp độ of detail you’d like to include in your offline bản đồ before you select the Export option.

6. On the pop-up window, make sure the dropdown has Entire map selected. Select the Download button.

7. Finally, save the bản đồ file to lớn your computer where you’ll remember where khổng lồ access it when you need to lớn use it offline.

View Your Offline bản đồ on Your Computer

The most common bản đồ client that can read KML or KMZ files is Google Earth. Launch Google Earth on your computer.

1. Select File from the menu and select Open.

2. Browse to and select the KML/KMZ tệp tin that you previously saved. You’ll see the location appear in the left navigation pane in Google Earth under Temporary Places. Select this location & Google Earth will mở cửa that map in satellite view in the right window.

You can now use this map for navigation even if you’re not connected lớn the internet. Using this approach with your laptop, you can stop anywhere along your route and check your maps for navigation. If you don’t have a điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh to use Google Offline Maps, this is a good alternative solution.

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If you vày have a điện thoại thông minh with the Google Maps ứng dụng installed, then move on lớn the next section lớn use Google Maps in offline mode.

Download Maps on Google Maps for thiết bị di động Offline Viewing

Using offline maps is much easier in the Google Maps di động app.

Download Your maps in the Google Maps App

Using the Google Maps app, you won’t need to deal with KML or KMZ files because the offline viewing feature is embedded right into the app.

1. Mở cửa the Google Maps app và use the tìm kiếm field khổng lồ find the location you want khổng lồ be able to lớn navigate offline. You’ll see the red marker on the map for the location. Tap that marker lớn see the location details.

2. Select the three dots at the upper right to open the menu. Select Download offline map. On the next confirmation window, select the Download button.

This will tải về the bản đồ inside the blue frame lớn your phone’s local storage for viewing offline later.

View Offline Google Maps in the di động App

After you’ve downloaded your offline maps, you can recall them for offline viewing any time inside Google Maps.

1. Mở cửa the Google Maps app and select your profile image. Select Offline maps from the menu.

2. You’ll see a danh mục of all of the offline maps you’ve saved to lớn your thiết bị di động device. Select the three dots to the right of the maps you want lớn view và select View.

3. This will xuất hiện that bản đồ in the same navigational view you’re used to seeing in Google Maps.

Note: If you choose Update from the menu, you’ll see the maps with a small section displaying what portion of the overall map you’ve downloaded for offline use. You can adjust the kích cỡ of this & select Update to tải về more of the map. Keep in mind you’ll need an internet connection to do this.

When you’re viewing your maps in offline mode, you can even search the area for businesses và navigate roads. This is possible because when you previously downloaded the map, the tải về included all of that information as well.

Downloading Maps on Google Maps for Offline Viewing

If you do a lot of travel in locations that are remote or otherwise off-the-grid, offline viewing with Google Maps is critical. So whenever you’re planning your next trip, keep this in mind và remember to download all of the areas you’re going khổng lồ travel to. This will ensure that you’ll never find yourself lost, without any way to lớn navigate your way around.

Ryan has been writing how-to and other technology-based articles online since 2007. He has a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering và he"s worked 13 years in automation engineering, 5 years in IT, & now is an Apps Engineer. Read Ryan"s Full Bio

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