One hiccup when using Apple Maps to get directions is that you have to be online to see and use the maps. If you’re in a dead zone or another place without a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, you’re out of luck. That can be especially problematic if you’re driving in a car or riding on a subway where there’s no internet access.
Well, that’s now a problem easily fixed.
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With iOS 17 on your iPhone, you can download specific maps to use them offline. You’re able to choose a narrow area or a wide range. Once the map section is downloaded, you can view it offline to get turn-by-turn directions for driving, walking, cycling, or mass transit within the location. You’re even able to see estimated arrival times and find hours, ratings, and other details for nearby businesses and landmarks.
The offline maps naturally take up storage on your phone, but the Maps app will tell you how much space a map will use before you download it. The offline maps don’t sync across your Apple devices; however, you can view them with an Apple Watch when your iPhone is on and within Bluetooth range of your watch. Not all cities and regions are available for offline use as maps, but you’ll quickly be able to tell if your selected location is supported.
The download option also works with Apple Maps on an iPad. That can be handy if you have a Wi-Fi-only iPad and want to use it to view directions in your car or elsewhere.
How to download maps on your iPhone to use them offline
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