1. Search for a location. We chose 'Empire State Building.'
2. When it appears, click the info bar at the bottom and roll it up.
3. Scroll to the bottom, where you'll see the option 'Save map to use offline.'
4. You should see a confirmation at the top that says, 'Map saved.'
5. Once you're offline, go to your profile to see saved maps.
6. Voilà – here's your map.
No Wi-Fi? That's no problem for Google Maps.
Using the app's offline option, you can save specific locations on your phone to access even when you don't have an Internet connection. That way, when you're on the subway or in an area with terrible cell service, you can still pull up those saved maps and go on your merry way.
However, this requires some preparation on your part. We used an iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5 for a location-saving tutorial, but you can use any iPhone, iPad or Android device with Google Maps 3.0.
Here's a step-by-step guide to saving places on Google Maps. You can thank us later.
Now for the second round. Here's how to save locations on an Android phone. The steps and interface are essentially the same, but we included it to avoid any confusion.