No Internet Needed: Google Maps works without an internet connection in India

Months after its official announcement, the much awaited offline feature of Google Maps is finally available in India. This will allow users to use maps even without internet connection.

Currently, the feature is available only for Android users in India. New capabilities of this feature were previewed in May, and were rolled out globally last week.

Its’s not uncommon to have a spotty internet connection in India and this can be really frustrating when you’re trying to find your way to a new place or looking for your next turn while driving. From today, Google makes it easier with the launch of new offline functions on Google Maps.

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Now turn-by turn-driving directions, search for specific destinations and useful information about places can be obtained without an internet connection.

Say you’re flying to Delhi airport and will need to find your way to a few new places when you arrive. Before you leave, you can download the area by searching for Delhi, and then tapping “Download”.

Alternatively, you can go to “Offline Areas” on the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button. Once you’ve downloaded your map, Google Maps will still work when you’re making your way around Delhi, even when you’re somewhere with spotty service or no connectivity at all.


When a connection is found, it will switch back online. Google Maps will, by default, download areas to your device only when you are on a Wi-Fi connection.

“Having a spotty internet connection shouldn’t mean you miss your next turn. With the launch of these new offline features, like turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to search for places, we hope it will be easier for people in India to find their way using Google Maps,” explains Suren Ruhela, director, Google Maps.

How yo Use

To use the new feature, one needs to download the specific area on a map. Once saved that area can be accessed offline. It will show turn-by-turn driving directions, specific destinations, and useful information about places, even without any internet connection.


“Google Maps will still work even when you’re somewhere with spotty service or no connectivity at all. When a connection is found, it will switch back online so you can easily access the full version of Maps, including live traffic conditions for your current route. Google Maps will only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection,” the Google Blog reads.

To cross check, we downloaded the map on mobile phone and it works perfectly.