Download Google Maps onto SD cards

Download Google Maps to SD cards

The steps below outline how to download Google Maps onto an SD card on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones:

  1. Ensure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network to prevent extra data charges.
  2. Install the most recent Google Maps App update from the Google Play Store on your device.
  3. Insert the SD card into your mobile device.
  4. Verify that there is sufficient space on the SD card before beginning the download.
  5. Launch the Google Maps app, tap the top right corner, and select the profile image or the initials of the Google account owner’s name.
  6. In the menu, find and tap “Offline maps.”
  7. In the Offline maps screen, tap the “Settings” icon located in the top right corner. Note: Here, you can modify “Download preferences” such as “Over Wi-Fi only” or “Over Wi-Fi or mobile network.”
  8. Within Offline maps settings, choose “Storage preferences,” tap the SD card option, and then tap “Save.”
  9. Return to the “Offline maps” section.
  10. Select “Custom map” and tap it.
  11. Use the map zooming and panning features with two fingers to select the specific area you want to download.
  12. Tap “Download”.

Please note that the process may differ slightly based on the device and version of Google Maps you are using. Occasionally, Google Maps requires an update after downloading due to an expiration date. When necessary, repeat the steps above. You will receive a notification when your downloaded maps are about to expire.

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Last edited on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 1:20 AM. Chicago, Illinois. Time zone (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada).

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