How to Save a Map for Offline Viewing on Your Android Tablet

By Dan Gookin

The Maps app on your Android tablet works only when an Internet connection is active. When you know you’ll be away from the Internet, you can save a chunk of the map for offline viewing. Obey these directions:

  1. Locate the map chunk you desire to save.

    Pan. Square in the area to save on the screen. It can be as large or as small as you need. Obviously, smaller maps occupy less storage.

  2. Tap the Side Menu icon and choose Your Places from the navigation drawer.

    Offline maps are listed at the bottom of the Your Places screen.

  3. Tap the button View All and Manage.

    If you don’t yet have any offline maps, proceed to Step 4.

  4. Tap the button Save a New Offline Map.

    Because you already found the location in Step 1, you just need to:

  5. Tap the Save button.

  6. Type a title for the map and tap the Save button.

    The map now appears in the list of offline maps on the Your Places screen.

To use an offline map, display the navigation drawer and choose Your Places. Tap the offline map to view, and it shows up on the screen whether an Internet connection is active or not.

  • Offline maps remain valid for 30 days. After that time, you must update the map to keep it current. To update an offline map, tap its Expired entry on the Your Place screen. The offline map is refreshed.

  • Offline maps aren’t updated with traffic information.

  • Though you can zoom and pan to peruse an offline map, you cannot use the Maps app to search the map. Searching works only when an Internet connection is active.