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Wildlifers, be equipped with Google offline maps and this is how

A step by step guide on how to download offline google maps before your next wildlife sojourn.

Wildlifers, be equipped with Google offline maps and this is how

[step by step guide on how to download offline google maps before your next wildlife sojourn – very critical as most forests in India don’t have the network coverage you want. Even if there is, your network provider might be attached to them- so equip yourself and download offline google maps when you are at the comfort of your home and WiFi]

Assume your next trip is to Tadoba National Park; (or same applies be it Kanha or Pench or Nagarhole or Kabini or Bandipur or Jim Corbett or Bandhavgarh or Ranthambore or Kaziranga) please note that there are hardly any network connection over there

 

Step 1 – Start the Process

Connect your phone to your home or work WiFi. Open the google maps app on your phone and locate the jungle you are going to [Say Tadoba national park which is used in this example]

offline google map for wildlife

 

 

Step 2 – Go the Area that you want to download

You should see the title (in the bottom of the Google Map) as in the above pic and click on that title and you should get a pic like below

 

offline google map for wildlife

 

Step 3 –  Get to the Menu

now click on the menu (which is present on the top right corner)

(on Android the menu comes on the top)

Offline Google Maps for Wildlifers

 

Step 4 : Set the Area 

Now click on the “Download Offline Area” menu item.

Offline Google Maps for Wildlifers

Increase or Decrease the area of map you want to download on your phone by expanding or decreasing the area. More the area more memory it takes up and less the area less the memory it takes up on the phone.  As it shows in the above pic, it says how much space you have on the phone and how much space it takes up.

 

Step 5: Start Downloading the Maps

Just hit the download button and it will start downloading the map area and you can see the % downloaded area slowly increasing and once it is done, you might get a notification or might not but don’t worry. Just leave it for a few minutes, have a cup of coffee or tea and come back 🙂

 

offline google map for wildlifers

 

Step 6: Check the Download Status

Once it is downloaded, you can check by going to the google maps app and clicking on the menu and click on the offline areas.

 

offline google maps for wildlifers

 

 

You should see downloaded maps and also see that there is an expiry date and after that the maps gets automatically deleted from your device releasing the space what it had taken up.

 

Step 7 – All Done!!

Now you are all set and enjoy navigating in the forest without any network requirement nor with any data charges (complete free of cost 🙂

 

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