Just a few days ago, Apple hosted the WWDC23 event at Apple Park in Cupertino and showcased the new iOS 17 update for iPhone. Finally, iOS 17 comes with the Apple Offline Maps that many users have been requesting and people have been waiting for a long time.
So you can now download Apple Maps in offline mode and use it whenever there is no internet connection, and it also works automatically on your Apple Watch. This means you can now use Apple Maps to navigate, explore and find places even when you don’t have an internet connection.
In this article, I will tell you how you can download Apple Maps offline on your iPhone running iOS 17, how to use it, and how to delete it when you don’t need it. What are you waiting for, let’s get started.
How to Download Apple Offline Maps in iOS 17
To download Apple Offline Maps in iOS 17 First Open Apple Maps on your iPhone.
Tap on your profile picture in the bottom right corner.
Click on Offline Map.
Search for the region you want to download – your iPhone will suggest your current location area by default.
In the preview section, you can adjust the dimensions of the map. You’ll be informed about the storage space needed on your iPhone.
Press “Download.” Your map will be saved in the “Downloaded” list.
The size of the map file will depend on the size of the area you are downloading. So larger areas will require larger files. Once the download is complete, the map will be saved on your iPhone and Apple Watch and can be used even when you’re offline.
How to use Apple Offline Maps
To use offline maps first, go to Apple Map > Profile > Offline Maps. Then turn on the “Only Use Offline Maps” option. Then tap on the search bar of Maps. And type the address or location you’re looking for. If you have an offline map for that area, it will appear above the phone screen in small letters “Using Offline Maps“.
Tap the offline map to start navigating. Apple Maps will provide turn-by-turn directions, even when you’re offline. You can also use the map to explore the area and find nearby businesses and attractions.
Benefits of Offline Maps
- Stress-free travel: When you’re traveling to a new place, downloading an offline map can be helpful so you don’t have to worry about losing your connection and getting lost.
- Explore New Areas: While cycling or driving, with offline maps you can get guided directions within the limits of the saved map.
- Navigate with Ease: Pinch and zoom around the downloaded map for more accurate navigation assistance. Offline maps also provide points of interest data such as opening hours to find specific locations.
How to Remove Apple Offline Maps in iOS 17
If your iPhone is running out of storage, and you no longer need offline maps on your device, follow the steps to easily remove Apple Offline Maps.
First navigate this path on your iPhone, Apple Map > Profile > Offline Maps. Then swipe left on the downloaded map that you no longer need (check the size of the downloaded map under the city name.) and press the “Delete” button.
On the next screen, you will again see the details of the offline map you downloaded earlier. Displays the name of the map, the download size of the map, and the time it was last updated. Finally, to remove or delete offline maps from your iPhone, tap the red “Delete Map” button.
The ability to download offline maps is a great new feature in iOS 17. Downloading offline maps to your iPhone is a great way to make sure you can always use Apple Maps, even when you don’t have an Internet connection. It’s especially useful if you’re traveling to a new country or city and don’t have an internet connection. If you are planning a trip, don’t forget to download offline maps of the areas you are going to visit.