3 Ways to Download Offline Map on iPhone

Downloading a map for offline use is a great way to make sure you don’t get lost on a trip if you lose signal or run out of data. If you have an iPhone, you might be wondering how to download an offline map.

Unfortunately, Apple Maps does not have the ability to download maps for offline use. This means you will need to switch to another card provider to do this. Fortunately, there are great alternatives. Apple Maps also uses a lot of mobile data, which is another great reason to switch.

Here are the three best iPhone apps to download offline maps and how to do it.


1.Google Maps

Google Maps is one of the most popular Apple Maps alternatives. To download offline maps in Google Maps, open Google Maps and sign in. Make sure location settings are enabled. Next, tap your profile picture in the upper right corner next to the search bar.

This will open your settings. In your settings, navigate to Offline Maps > Select your own card. Then download a map.

You can zoom in or out to choose the area you want to download. Then you just need to download the map and Google will save it on your phone for 30 days.

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Google Maps will tell you exactly how much storage each download takes up, so you can choose to keep the map or delete it after you’ve used it. After 30 days, the card will automatically expire, so keep that in mind.

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To download: Google Maps (Free)

2. TomTom GO

If you remember when you used GPS, you might have used a TomTom. Now TomTom can be used on your mobile device without an internet connection, turning your iPhone into a GPS device.

The TomTom GO app is specially designed for offline use, ensuring that it will work even if you don’t have an internet connection.

Downloading an offline map is simple. Simply download the app, tap the icon and choose the map to download to get started. Maps are sorted by state, with some states requiring one or two downloads to get the full state.

In terms of storage space, TomTom GO map downloads take up less space than Google Maps. You can also download an entire state at once, which Google does not. If you prefer to use mobile data, TomTom GO gives you traffic information without using too much data, since the maps are already downloaded.

To download: TomTom Go (subscription required, free trial available)

3. HERE WeGo

Used by Amazon and other delivery services, HERE WeGo might not be a household name, but it works great for those trying to use maps offline.

HERE WeGo was developed by Nokia but recently became an independent company and underwent an upgrade. Now this is one of the best apps to use offline maps.

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To download offline maps, open the app and on the home page navigate to Your cards > Download maps. Then simply upload a map of the desired area.

Once a map is downloaded, you can tap Use the app offline whenever you want to navigate to your destination without data. Although you won’t receive traffic updates, you will get accurate directions.

HERE WeGo is a great choice for those who want to control when they use maps online and offline.

To download: HERE WeGo (Free)

Save data, reach your destination

There are many reasons why you might want to use offline maps. Saving on data costs is a popular reason, but it’s also important not to get lost when you lose connection. We rely on our phones for everything now and losing connection in an unfamiliar area can cost us time and cause us to arrive late, potentially missing important moments.

By downloading an offline map, you can rest easy knowing you’re prepared if you ever lose data.


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