My biggest pet-peeve while traveling is losing my Internet connection! While traveling is very frustrating at times, when you’re relying on your phone to tell you where to go and you have no signal, it makes it even more infuriating. Everyone has lost signal at least once, if you’re part of the elite group of losing signal often, then you know a couple of hacks!
One hack I learned a long time ago has been a game changer for me.
Downloading Google Maps while offline has saved me a lot of precious time and gas. Keep in mind there are some limitations to this hack. You can’t get walking, transit, or cycling directions while offline; only driving directions is available. If you’re not driving, using Google Maps offline can still be helpful for viewing nearby places when you’re stuck without a signal. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.
Here’s how to download a map offline:
- Launch the Google Maps app on your Android phone or iPhone. Make sure you’re signed into your Google account.
- Search for the city you’d like to download.
- Tap the bar at the bottom of the screen with the name of the place you’ve just searched for.
- Tap the button that says “Download.”
- Google will then show you a map of the area and ask if you’d like to download it. Tap “Download” again to confirm.