Do you use Google Maps when traveling by car? Here’s how you can use Google Maps offline.
Google Maps is one of the most important and widely used apps for locating and reaching the places you want to visit or travel to. However, you will need an internet connection to run Google Maps. But wait! According to information provided by Google’s support page, if you travel by car, you can also use Google Maps offline for reliable navigation and security features when your car has a poor internet connection. Offline Google Maps can be automatically downloaded and updated based on your current location and travel habits.
It can be noted that it is only for Google Maps built into your car. Availability or functionality of features may depend on your car manufacturer or region and data plan. Also, this feature is not available in all languages and countries/regions. You will be notified if you are outside the area covered by your offline Google Maps.
In fact, you can let Google Maps manage your offline maps. Here’s how.
Google Maps provides data through Vehicle Map Service (VMS) to support safety-related driver assistance features in cars, such as traffic sign integration and adaptive cruise control. These safety features rely on offline map data. To ensure that map data is always available, enable “automatic download” in the privacy center.
How to Enable Auto-Upload in Privacy Center
1. Open the Google Maps app.
2. At the bottom, tap Settings.
3. Tap Privacy Center, then tap Offline Maps.
4. Select Automatically download offline maps.
5. Make sure you have an internet connection and wait for your offline map to finish downloading.
6. Note that if you disable automatic downloading, previously downloaded maps will remain saved, but new maps will not be automatically downloaded.