Google Maps is one of the premier navigation tools, primarily for Android phones, but later on, it expanded to the iOS world. Initially, the app was not feature-loaded, but it gained numerous functionalities over time. However, Apple Maps has no competition as they recently released their successor OS update, iOS 17. In this update, they added numerous upscaling features to iPhones and iPads, but the Google Maps offline feature seems the most tempting.

We often find ourselves going to destinations where there is a need for internet connectivity. In such cases, we may get stuck if we do not know the route. To address this, Google Maps introduced the functionality to save maps for a specific area so you can use them even without network connectivity. I agree that this feature is restricted to some requirements that Apple recently rolled out. So, let us check it out.

How to Save Apple Maps Offline on iPhone and iPad

The latest iOS 17 came out with many new things that enhance the capabilities of the new iPhone 15 and other products. If you look at the iOS 17 update, you will find many things to know, such as new widgets, mood tracking, StandBy mode, and many more. Of course, offline maps are part of that huge queue of new features. Offline maps have numerous benefits, so Apple users crave using such a feature.

Nevertheless, being a new thing for iPhone users, they may need to learn how to do it. However, this is just a simple process similar to downloading a file from the web. After all, everything is clearly explained in the Google Maps app. However, I understand that such things could be challenging for a regular user. So, do not worry; here are the steps to follow:

Note: The procedure for downloading offline maps on iPhone and iPad is the same, as everything is based on the Maps app itself. So, please follow the steps below for both iPhone and iOS.

  • Launch the Maps app on your device.
  • Then tap on your profile picture in the top right corner.
  • Next, tap on the “Offline Maps” option.
  • After that, tap on “Download New Map”.
  • Then, search for the area that you want to download.
  • Lastly, tap on “Download,” and you are done.

Now, you have downloaded the map of your desired area, which is ready for use. However, before using it, please note that you can download a maximum of 10 offline maps at a time, and these downloaded maps are automatically deleted after 30 days. However, you can renew them before they expire. Keeping these things in mind, everything aligns with what you want. The next step is to view the map or learn how to use it. So, read the steps below.

  • Launch the Maps app.
  • Go to your profile picture and select Offline.
  • After that, you will see the map you downloaded previously.
  • Tap on that map, and you can now view it.
  • That’s it! This is how you can view offline maps on your iPhone or iPad.

Now, let us talk about starting navigation on these offline maps. Do not worry; open the Maps app and search for the destination you downloaded the offline map. When you search for that location and start navigation, navigation will automatically begin even if you do not have network connectivity. This way, you can enjoy your journey without any hassle from network issues.

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How to download and use offline maps with Apple Maps on iOS 17 for iPhone. Apple Maps now has offline navigation.
How to download and use offline maps with Apple Maps on iOS 17 for iPhone. Apple Maps now has offline navigation.

Meanwhile, you now have plenty of benefits, such as no network connection required, saving battery on your phone, and more features, including the ability to mark points and others. But while using an offline map, remember that you should download maps of locations you frequently visit and keep those maps updated; above all, an offline map is less detailed than online maps. With that said, I hope you now better understand how to save and use an offline map on your iOS device. If you still have questions, please ask them below.

Frequently asked questions

Q1. How do I save offline maps on my iPhone?

Ans. You can save them using the Apple Maps in-app option called Offline Maps.

Q2. Can I save Apple Maps offline?

Ans. Yes, but it is limited to a specific area.

Q3. Can I download Apple Maps for Windows?

Ans. Apple Maps can run on both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Q4. Is Apple Maps better than Google Maps?

Ans. In terms of a clean UI, Apple Maps is considered preferable.