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Quick tip: How to save a map to the SD card on Google Maps for Android

Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world. It’s good to have Google Maps with you for whenever you’re lost.

But what if an area doesn’t have mobile internet coverage? Most importantly: What if you don’t have a Mexican SIM card for starters? To avoid any roaming charges, Google Maps lets you download an area of a city for offline access. Even better, now you get to choose between your phone’s local storage or an SD card.

To select an SD card, tap the hamburger menu on the left and scroll until you find “offline areas.” Now tap the settings button on the top right, and “storage preferences” will let you choose an SD card.

Google Maps

To download an area, tap the “+” button in the off lines areas section. You will get to select the area you want offline.

It may not sound like a big deal, but for people who hold a 4 GB phone and rely on an SD card to store additional apps and content, an option to save maps on an external card may keep them from deleting precious memories, like photos or videos, or useful apps like Facebook.

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