Google has just rolled out a major Google Maps update for mobile devices, available to both iOS and Android users, which brings several interesting features, including the ability to save maps offline in order to access them later without needing an Internet connection.

To get started, users have to tap the profile button found in the right corner, scroll all the way down and tap the “Offline maps” mode and then select the map they want to save. Sizable regions can be saved, which is quite useful, and users can save up to six offline maps according to Google.

Once the maps are saved, users can enjoy many Google Maps features in offline mode without an Internet connection, as long as the device’s GPS is enabled. The feature is particularly useful when travelling to a different country, in order to avoid costly roaming charges. Typing “OK Maps” in the search box when looking at a map will also let you save that map for offline use. And yes, I checked and it works great! Enjoy!

How to save Google Maps offline on iOS and Android devices | BGR.