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Here’s How You Can Use Google Maps’ Offline Feature in India

Lost in a new city without internet connection? Worry not, this feature of Google Maps will enable you to look for directions offline as well.

Imagine yourself in a new city. You take a cab to the hotel, but don’t know its exact location. The internet connection ditches you, and the driver needs a location to follow. The situation can be stressful and can lead to unnecessary delays.

Looking for directions should not be this stressful. And now, Google Maps has found the perfect solution for such situations.

The much awaited offline feature of Google Maps is finally here in India. It will enable the users to access maps without internet connection.

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Earlier, you could save a map offline, but it would not give you the exact directions to a place in the offline mode. The new feature will enable users to get driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places such as hours of operation and contact details in the offline mode as well.

The feature is currently available only on Android phones and will be rolled out to iOS later.

Here is your step by step guide to using the new offline feature:

1. Open Google Maps and type in the destination, city, or the area you want to download, in the search bar.

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2. After the area loads, click on the name of the destination at the bottom of the screen to get more information about it. Press “Download offline area” from the drop down category near the search button.


3. You will see a box with the location on your screen. Move the box to the area you want to navigate offline. Press download again.

You can now navigate within that area without data connection.

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