SD cards can expand the maximum amount of storage your handheld device has. Most smartphones and tablets these days aren’t usually equipped with incredibly large storages. Every file you download, no matter how small, quickly adds up and before you know it your smartphone is full. And when you’re downloading maps from Google Maps, the effect compounds.

You can save yourself space, and a headache, by inserting an SD card and using that as the default storage device. This can easily be done through your handheld’s settings.

How to Download Google Maps on SD Card

Before you can start downloading maps from Google Maps to an SD card, you need to make sure that it’s properly installed and recognized by your device. That can be done in the settings of your phone.

Here’s what you do:

1. Start by opening the Settings application. It’s app icon is a gear.

2. In your Settings app, locate and select Storage.

3. Now, on the right-hand side you’re going to see some user data. This gives you an overview of how much of your storage is available and being used. More importantly, if your SD card is installed properly, you should see the SD card listed among the user data.

Note: In the event that you do not see your SD card listed, remove it and insert it again.

4. Now that you know for sure your SD card is installed properly and there’s plenty of space available, you can start downloading maps from Google Maps. Launch the Google Maps app.

5. Look in the top-left corner. Do you see the ‘hamburger’ menu icon? It’s three horizontal dashes. Tap on the menu icon. This will open a panel on the left-hand side.

6. Scroll down the left-hand column until you come to Offline Maps, which you will then select.

7. Now, before you start downloading maps, you need to switch your storage preferences. Tap on the gear icon in the top-right corner. That’s Offline Maps Settings.

8. Scroll down to Storage Preferences and select it. By default it’s set to ‘Device.’ You do not want that. When the pop-up window appears, choose SD card and tap Save.

And that’s all there is to it. From here on out when you download a map from Google Maps, it will save it to your SD card. This is because you switch your storage preferences to your SD card, which is where the maps from Google Maps get downloaded to. Think of it like a computer’s default ‘Downloads’ folder.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, switching the download location for your Google Maps is pretty easy. However, it should be noted that in the event you switch out the SD card or remove it entirely, Google Maps will default to your storage, even if you insert another SD card. You will then need to perform these steps again.