Google Maps is my favourite navigation app, but I rarely have an Internet connection when roaming on a trip, so how can I use Google Maps then?

It’s a good idea to plan ahead for your journey by downloading maps while you are still on Wi-Fi. Once you have downloaded a region, you can get directions or view points of interest in that area even there is no Internet connection. The downside is that only driving routes are available, there are no walking or cycling directions. You also can’t modify routes like avoiding tolls or ferries.

How to save maps to use offline

1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app. Make sure you’re signed into your Google account.
2. Search for a place, like Mombasa.
3. At the bottom, touch the bar that has the name of the place you searched.
4. Select Download

To get around using your downloaded area, use the Google Maps app just like you normally would.

Note: The biggest size for an offline area is 120,000 square kilometers. If you try to save a bigger area, you’ll be asked to zoom in to a smaller area.