Cell phones have become exceptionally powerful but you are still warned against relying on them in an emergency. Where the devices themselves aren’t going to just fail for no reason, the service that powers most of their features might. You may suddenly find yourself in a place with no cell phone reception and unable to call for help. It’s more a failure on part of your carrier than it is on the part of your phone manufacturer but the bottom line is your phone isn’t always going to be there for you. You don’t just need reception to make a phone call but also to access the internet. If you’re ever heading out to a place where you think you might have bad coverage and you’re relying on Google Maps to get you to your destination, it’s a good idea to save a section of the map under ‘Offline Area’ so you can look at it even when there isn’t an active internet connection. Here’s how.
Open the Google Maps app and make sure you’re connected to the internet. Search for your destination by first marking the point where you will start out from to where you want to get to. The map, once loaded, will show you the direction and will also zoom out so you can get a look at the starting and ending points of your journey.
Tap the hamburger icon at the top right and select ‘Offline Areas’ from the app drawer. Tap the floating plus button and it will ask you what area you want to save offline. You can save upto 225MB of map data. Select the area you’ve already navigated to (it will appear by default) and tap ‘Download’ at the bottom.
The map will be downloaded in a few minutes, depending on your connection speed and the area you’re saving. You will be asked to name the map.
It’s worth mentioning that locations like a restaurant and gas stations will not appear in the offline version of the map unless you explicitly save them. It’s good for an emergency and as a precaution if you ever head out to a place you’ve never been to before and aren’t sure of the coverage there.