One hiccup when using Apple Maps to get directions is that you need to be online to view and use the maps. If you’re in a dead zone or somewhere without Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity, you’re out of luck. This can be especially problematic if you’re driving in a car or riding a subway with no Internet access.
Well, it’s now a problem easily fixed.
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With iOS 17 on your iPhone, you can download specific maps to use offline. You can 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, biking, or taking public transit between locations. You’re even able to see estimated arrival times and find hours, ratings and other details for nearby businesses and landmarks.
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. Offline maps don’t sync across your Apple devices; However, you can watch with an Apple Watch when your iPhone is turned on and within Bluetooth range of your watch. Not all cities and regions are available for offline use as maps, but you’ll be able to quickly tell if your selected location is supported
The download option also works with Apple Maps on an iPad. This can be useful if you have a Wi-Fi-only iPad and want to use it to look up directions in your car or elsewhere.
How to download maps to your iPhone to use offline
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