Ever wondered how to download Google Maps offline for Android and Apple phone users?

Following on from my previous post, I shared with you how to create your own map itinerary on Google maps and the many features that the customised map has.

This post will detail how you can export this map on your PHONE and use the map OFFLINE when you are in the foreign city and on the go, which makes navigating so much easier!

You no longer have to carry a map on one hand and a phone on another when you need to get from point to point.

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Chasing cherry blossoms in Hakodate, Hokkaido

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Now you can use your own customised pinned maps offline on your phone, without needing to download any beforehand or repin it again!

How to export your pinned map to your PHONE to use OFFLINE:

Step 1:

In your own map, click the 3 dots beside your map title > select ‘Export to KML’ > check the box ‘Export to .KML file instead of .KMZ’.

How To Export Your Google Map Itinerary To Your Phone & Use It Offline!

How To Export Your Google Map Itinerary To Your Phone & Use It Offline!

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Step 2:

Make this file accessible through your phone, either by Dropbox, email or any file sharing app you use.

Step 3:

On your phone, download this app called ‘Maps.me’ > search for the city your map is based in > download the city.

Step 4:

Open the .KML map from your phone with the Maps.me app and there it is! All your previously pinned landmarks are on this app! 0 effort needed to repin the landmarks again.

What I love about Maps.me is, the landmarks in the app are very precise, very comprehensive, very accurate, and it allows you to plot your route from point A to point B. The best thing is, you can do everything offline!

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With our trusty campervan in New Zealand!

So much so that we relied on this app ENTIRELY during our New Zealand road trip around the South! We lived without Wifi and drove without any GPS system. All we used was this app’s navigation tool (it also comes with voice navigation instructions). I cannot emphasise just how much of a genius the people behind the app are.

Note: To be able to plot your route and detect your location, switch on your phone’s GPS and make sure your phone is not on flight mode. I was really excited to share this with you when I found out about this trip planning hack!

Planning trip itineraries is made SO MUCH EASIER because I no longer have to repetitively search for every attraction and bookmark them on Google Maps PLUS my phone app, which can be a really tedious process.

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A typical Japanese restaurant

I’ve been using it for cafe-hopping in Bali and Melbourne, as well as city-hopping in Korea and Japan.

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P.S. Have you checked out my video on our NZ road trip in May 2016? 😉

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Isabel Leong

Isabel Leong

An explorer at heart, the world is Isabel's playground. She enjoys seizing every moment exploring every hideout and doing the unimaginable, like bungee jumping in Phuket and couchsurfing in Europe. If she had wings, she’d definitely be soaring right now. Also a fitness trainer, if she’s not at the gym, you can find her doing yoga or rock climbing! Read more about her on belaroundtheworld.com/about.


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