Google Maps adds Wi-Fi only and microSD capabilities for off-line maps

Google Maps adds Wi-Fi only and microSD capabilities for off-line maps
An update to the Android version of Google Maps is adding a Wi-Fi only setting. This will allow the app to work only when the device in use is connected to a Wi-Fi signal. With this setting enabled, Google Maps will pull data not from a cellular network, but from a Wi-Fi pipeline instead. This should save users from burning their precious high-speed data on getting directions. Keep in mind that only those areas you've saved off-line will work with this setting toggled on.

The update also allows Google Maps users to save their off-line areas to a microSD card. This will help those using a phone with a small amount of native storage from using all of it on off-line maps. Of course, this new feature is moot if your handset doesn't come with a microSD card. But that is another rant for another day.

Lastly, the update will now allow Android users in three Indonesian cities to compare prices from ride-sharing service GO-JEK to Uber. Ten more cities will gain this feature soon. 24 cities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will be able to compare prices from rise-sharing service Grab. And cities in Ireland, Poland, Italy, Austria, Russia, and Israel can now see side-by-side pricing for Gett, Hailo, and MyTaxi.

The update should be hitting your Android-powered handset shortly, You can try to manually update Google Maps by going to the Google Play Store. Click on the hamburger menu in the upper left of the screen. Go to my apps & games. Scroll down to Google Maps and click on "Update."

source: Google



1. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Took them long enough considering how long Here Maps had been made available on Android.

2. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Does this hint that maybe Google is ramping up support for MicroSD cards? Will the 2016 Nexus line possibly include expandable storage? Is there anyone else out there that would like to see Nexus phones include expandable memory or is it just me?

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think we all would like to see Nexus devices with expandable storage. But I don't think that will happen. However there was micro USB flash drives. I know it's not the same. However there is now dome USB-C flash drives now. The only issue is most USB-C devices like the current Nexus 6p and 5x only support USB 2.0 speed. The LG G5 supports USB 3.0 and the Note 7 is the only one that supports USB 3.1 for now.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Google..FTW, about time! Damn i miss Nokia...storing offline maps on a sd card is available for years!

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