How to get offline maps and navigation on iPhone
Are you going for a long drive? Whether you’re deep in a National Park or you are just on a highway in the middle of nowhere, you may not have a mobile signal. Here’s how your iPhone can continue to give you directions while you’re unavailable.
The Problem: No Offline Navigation in Apple Maps
If you’re going to navigate to a location while you have a signal, Maps can help you get there seamlessly, even if your signal drops along the way. However, if you try to navigate again when you don’t have a data signal, Maps won’t help.
This makes Maps particularly useless to leave many national parks, for example. It can get you there, but it can’t bring you back.
To get around this problem, you’ll need an alternate map app to go to if you don’t have a data signal.
There are many offline map apps for iPhone. we love Here we go. It’s free, works with Apple CarPlay and lets you download huge map areas. For example, you can download a map of the entire US or just one or more states. You can also download maps of other entire countries. (A map of the entire US uses about 7.83 GB of storage space on an iPhone.)
This isn’t just a standard map that shows your location – you can ask HERE WeGo for navigation directions and search for places and points of interest on the map, all completely offline.
Even if you prefer Apple Maps, it’s a good idea to have such a backup app if you’re traveling long distances. If no mobile data is available, you can consult your offline maps.
To use this feature, download the app and launch it. Open the panel at the bottom of the screen, tap ‘Manage Maps’, scroll down and tap ‘Download New Maps’. You can then choose a continent and country for which you want to download maps.
Unlike Apple Maps, Google Maps offers offline maps in its iPhone app. It’s not as comprehensive as HERE WeGo, though: you can only download smaller areas, and Google Maps insists on downloading regular updates for them. However, Google Maps allows you to search for places on the map offline and also gives you navigation directions.
Despite these limitations, this feature is still quite useful. Google Maps is a solid maps app after all. You can actually download quite a large area, so it’s especially useful for downloading your city and the nearby area or area you’re traveling to. However, it is not ideal for a long time tour, and there’s certainly no way to download an entire country at once.
To use Google Maps offline on an iPhone, download the Google Maps App and launch it. Tap your profile icon in the top right corner of the screen and tap “Offline Maps.” From here you can tap “Select your own map” and zoom in or out to choose a specific area of Google Maps to download for offline use. Repeat this process to download multiple map areas.
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Of course, these aren’t the only ways to get offline maps. You can find many other offline map apps in the iPhone App Store. We only wish Apple offered a decent way to use Apple Maps when your iPhone is cut off from the internet.