No service? No problem. iOS 17 lets you download maps and navigate anywhere

Imagine planning a road trip or going on a hike. You’re excited about the adventure, but there’s that nagging worry: “What if I lose cell reception?” That’s where iOS 17 steps in. With Offline Maps, you can download maps ahead of time and use them even when you’re off the grid.

It can be your lifeline. No more relying solely on an internet connection to find your way. Let me show you how easy offline maps on iPhone are to use.

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Apple Map in iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

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How to download maps before you go

  • Open the Apple Maps app on your iPhone
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Maps app on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • Search for your destination by typing in the location in the search bar
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Search bar on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • When you see the place in your search results, tap it
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Location on the iOS 17 iPhone (Cyberguy.com)

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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • Customize the location if necessary by adjusting the map area to include what you need
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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • Remember, bigger maps consume more storage space so only include what you need – you’ll see the size of selected map decrease as you make the map area smaller
  • Then click the Download button
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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • Then tap on the map under where it says Downloaded
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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • Now, you can use the map that you’ve downloaded

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How to access a downloaded map when you no longer have reception

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  • Then, search for a location that you previously downloaded
  • There’s going to be a border around the location showing what you will have access to
  • Here’s a cool thing. You’ll be able to get directions and guidance within the downloaded area

How to manage your downloaded maps

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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • Then tap your profile picture or initials next to the search field
  • Tap Offline Maps
  • Select a map that you previously downloaded maps or one suggested by Maps
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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • From here, you can rename, edit, delete, resize or view the size of a previously downloaded map
  • You can also choose whether to download maps while only connected to a Wi-Fi network
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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • You can also turn on Optimize Storage to automatically delete unused maps after a certain period of time
  • Or turn on Only Use Offline Maps to rely solely on your downloaded maps even with an internet or cell phone connection

MAP BURIED INSIDE YOUR PHONE REVEALS WHERE YOU’VE BEEN AND PHOTOS YOU SNAPPED THERE

Bonus tip: dropping pins

Want to save a specific spot? Instead of searching for an address, drop a pin on the map. It’s like leaving breadcrumbs for yourself. Here’s how to drop a pin on Apple Maps.

  • Open Apple Maps on your iPhone
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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • Search for or manually navigate to the location where you want to drop the pin
  • Tap and hold on that location on the map, and a red pin will appear at the selected location
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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

  • If the dropped pin’s location isn’t precise, select Move and adjust the pin to the exact point you want it to be. Then tap Done.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

By following these steps, you’ll never feel lost again. Whether you’re exploring new areas or hiking remote trails, iOS 17’s offline maps have got your back. So go ahead, download those maps, drop those pins and keep your bearings intact.

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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

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Offline Maps on iOS 17 (Cyberguy.com)

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