Announcing the new Google Maps offline features in an emailed statement, the search giant said they are most useful when travelling in areas without data. The company confirmed the gradual rollout to the Android app, but did not detail when the new features would arrive for iOS users.

Getting to the features – Google Maps for Android users in India can now save maps for offline use to an external SD card. This will help users keep their inbuilt storage free. To use the feature, navigate to Menu > Offline areas > Settings > Storage preferences > Device, and then select SD card.

As for Wi-Fi only mode, the feature enables users to utilise Google Maps for Android completely offline. The app will then only use data from offline areas users have already downloaded. To use the feature, go to Menu > Settings and select Wi-Fi only.

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