Google has brought another update to Maps that adds new functionality. With the latest upgrade, Google Maps will work for those who might not have easy access to a wireless network, as well as give users the ability to only use the navigation tool while connected to Wi-Fi.
Google Maps Wi-Fi-only mode is now rolling out after being tested in late July. With it, Google Maps users can restrict the app from accessing a cellular network so that it’ll only pull information when connected to a Wi-Fi network. However, as originally noted by Google, it’s possible that Google Maps will still pull a “small amount” of data from a cellular network, even when Wi-Fi only mode is activated.
When Wi-Fi-only mode is activated, and there isn’t a Wi-Fi network nearby, Google Maps will only show navigation information for offline areas that have been downloaded.
Speaking of offline areas, that’s another part of this update: Google now lets users save offline maps to their SD card.
The updated version of Google Maps is rolling out now, so keep an eye out for it.
Source: Google Maps Blog