Traveling around in the Balkans is a bit frustrating in terms of connectivity and especially if you rely on your phone to understand where to go. On top of everything turn-by-turn navigation doesn’t work really well in most cases and losing your signal can happen from time to time.
It’s good to have a plan ahead of these situations. The easiest way is to download maps for offline use in Google Maps. Once you’ve downloaded an area, you’ll be able to get directions and view points of interest for that region even without an Internet connection. This kind of navigations helps you move around without any internet connection and can be helpful for viewing nearby places when you’re stuck without a signal.
It’s also important to remember that these maps eventually expire because Google needs to update them to make sure they’re accurate. To see the areas you’ve saved and when they expire, open Google Maps, tap the menu icon and select Offline areas.
Here’s how to download an offline map:
- Launch the Google Maps app on your Android phone or iPhone. Make sure you’re signed into your Google account because bookmarking a location is associated to your account.
- Search for the city you’d like to download.
- Tap the bar at the bottom of the screen with the name of the place you’ve just searched for.
- Tap the button that says – Download. Google will then show you a map of the area and ask if you’d like to download it. Tap Download again to confirm.
Additional advice: You can cache a certain area as well. Just view the area a night before traveling to a city nearby and zoom as much needed. When you’re traveling to another country and don’t have roaming internet connection then you can view that area that you need without any internet connection.
Why don’t you try it out?