My phone is a Nexus 4, running Android 5.1.1

I am getting this error when I try to go to a postcode in London

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But I have downloaded offline maps of London and surrounding areas.

e.g. if I go to "My Places", I can see 3 offline maps, including London *

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@Czar points out that the map files seem rather small...Maybe that is the cause, though I have an issue there too. It doesn't give me a box to draw around what I want to download, it gives me a screen where I zoom out to how much I want, but if I zoom out too far it says it's too big. It is only letting me save areas that are quite small like around < 30MB.

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  • Note- in this question I stated that I clicked 'my places' to see offline maps that was the case in the version I had, where I had the issue. The current google maps has offline maps in the menu. Google maps can be updated from the google play store.
  • Just a hunch, but your downloads seem to be really small. If I wanted to navigate around my hometown (an average sized US city) I would need appox 300MB of disk space. Perhaps re-download your desired map area but be liberal in your bounding box for area you care about. See this image for what I'm referring to: imgur.com/a/hYDv9ee
    – CzarMatt
    May 11 '18 at 23:04
  • @CzarMatt thanks, i've just edited my question to address that
    – barlop
    May 11 '18 at 23:26
  • Could it be that Maps needs a network connection for the search and route calculation? Several offline maps I know work that way. Once the route is calculated one can go offline again – the route is remembered (and unless there's some obstacle on the way and one needs to re-route, one can stay offline).
    – Izzy
    May 12 '18 at 9:43
  • @CzarMatt you're right.. The solution was to go to the play store and update google maps, then I got the border thing, could download a larger map. You can post that as an answer
    – barlop
    May 12 '18 at 14:07
  • also, (I notice that once updated , which I did via google play store, I see in the latest/current google maps you don't have to go to 'my places' , offline maps is an option in the menu, which is good.
    – barlop
    May 12 '18 at 14:09

Firstly, make sure your Google Maps is up to date. :-)

After that, double check and make sure your "bounding box" is large enough to encompass the desired off-line area.

Here's an image for reference: https://imgur.com/a/hYDv9ee

My first clue was the fact that your downloaded offline maps data size seemed rather small. For reference, my average size US city offline map on my Pixel 1 device clocks in at around 300MB.

The larger the area needed for offline use, the larger the data downloaded to your device. I believe the cap in terms off single offline map chunk is around 1.5GB.

Note added by barlop:

The Google Maps version I had which seemed to be an earlier version, was limiting the size of map I could download, and with that earlier Google Maps version I wasn't getting a box either, just an area to zoom in and out of. The solution for me was to update it which can be done from google play store and tapping update. Then I could draw a box to a good size and offline maps worked.

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