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Google Maps Tips And Tricks You Should Know

Google released Google Maps in 2005 and with the passing time it has become the most popular navigation application in the world. Today, Google Maps has more than 1 billion active users. Most of us are using it on daily basis, but are you sure you are making the most out of it? If not, here are some awesome tips to use Google maps more effectively than before.

Save Your Home And Work Address:

Yes, with Google Maps you can now save your home and work addresses.

To do this, open up Google Maps, tap the menu icon in the top-left corner then tap 'Your places'. Here you’ll see entries for Home and Work. Type in your addresses and you're done.

Now you can ask Google Maps to navigate to Home or Work instead of having to enter the address.

Shortcut For Navigation:

Did you know there is a shortcut for voice navigation on Google Maps?

You can search for a place or touch it on the map, then touch and hold the blue transportation button at the bottom right i.e a car, bike, or person. Google Maps will then choose the best possible route and launch straight into Navigation mode.

Share Your Location:

To share your location directly with your friends, tap and hold on your location i.e a blue dot, to drop a pin. Now tap the address or dropped pin section at the bottom of the screen to expand it and then tap 'Share'. A list of apps will pop-up on your screen that will share your location through.

Find Nearby Places

You're hungry and you can't wait to reach some place nearby, order your food and have it.

Want to know about your nearby places?

Google Maps is here to save the day, if you see at the bottom of your screen, you’ll see a list which includes restaurants, hospitals, ATMs, gas stations, tap it and it will display you with a list of nearby options with their respective distances.

Zoom In/Out

Other than tapping on your screen to zoom in and out, some place you can also use your finger or thumb. Just swipe down to zoom in and swipe up to zoom out. Easy? I know, right?!

View Maps Offline:

If you're at someplace without internet availability, you can simply download and save its map to see it offline. Your saved maps will be listed in the Google Maps menu, which is accessible by tapping the three horizontal lines in the top left when you first launch the app. Take a look at Your places, and scroll to the bottom to find your offline maps.
Saved/downloaded maps expire in 30 days, so in order to use them again, you’ll need to update them time to time.

 Save Favorite Locations:

You can save your favorite locations quite easily, and it can be a real time-saver in the future when you look for a place again.

Simply tap on the place you want to save on the map, expand the information by tapping on the address at the bottom, and then tap the star that says Save underneath. When a location has been saved, that star will go from blue to gold.

To see it again, go into the menu and you’ll find 'Saved places' listed under 'Your places'.

Check Bus/Train Schedule:

You can also check bus/train schedule for any location. Simply enter the location you want to travel to in the search bar, tap on the blue transportation button in the bottom-right corner, and tap on the icon of the train. You’ll see a list of options based on the current time.

You can also check when the last train leaves or when a next train is available, then tap where it says Depart at and enter a specific time, or you can tap on Last to find your latest option. You can also filter the results by type of transport (bus, train, underground), and set preferences in terms of fewer transfers or less walking via Options in the top-right corner.

See Where You've Been:

Google Maps certainly keeps a record of your travels and you can review it anytime via your browser. Go to Google Maps History, you’ll see a map of where you’ve visited in the last couple days. You can use the calendar located in the top-left corner to select specific dates, or date ranges to view weeks and months.

If you want to delete your history, You'll see an option to delete all or specific time history beneath the calendar. 

Furthermore, you can also turn tracking off by opening the Google Settings app, and tapping Location >> Google Location History. Toggle it off completely, or choose specific devices that you want it turned off for. 

Find The Hot Spots Throughout The Day:

If you zoom in on an area in Google Maps, you’ll see an option at the bottom of the screen that says Explore food & drinks nearby. If you tap on it, you'll be presented with categorized recommendations for nearby places to visit where you can get food and drinks. Even better, you can tap the categories along the top to see what the hot spots are at different times throughout the day, and to find the best place for breakfast, dinner, or drinks.

Also Read About How To Locate Your Parked Vehicle Using Google Maps?

View In 3D:

You can view your map in 3D too, just tap and hold on the map with two fingers slightly apart and then swipe up. Moving your fingers in a circular motion will rotate the map. If you make sure that you’re in the normal view, with Satellite and Terrain turned off, there are certain areas where Google has added 3D representations of buildings. Sometimes this can help you find landmarks and obtain your bearings more easily.

Command Using Your Voice:

You can use various voice commands while you’re in Navigation mode in Google Maps. All you need to do is to tap the microphone icon at the top right and then speak your command. You can turn off the voice by saying “Mute,” or “Be quiet.”

You can also “Show traffic,” ask it to “Show alternate routes,” or say “Next turn” to find out what your next turn is.

For more options, you can browse Google’s full list of voice commands.

Get Directions For Multiple Locations:

You can now get multiple directions using Google Maps too. Just set up directions for your first location and then tap the three vertical dots in the top right and choose Add stop. You can add as many stops as you want and then tap Finished. Google Maps will now guide you to each location in turn.

Create Missing (Your Own) Map:

Google offers a comprehensive set of tools for creating your own maps, if you want to make maps for missing places, just get started, make sure you’re signed into your Google account and go to My Maps in your browser.

You should get a short tutorial with tips if this is the first time you’ve tried it. You can set locations, mark your POIs and routes. Plus you can also import layers and data, color different areas and routes, and a lot more.

Your creations are automatically saved to your Google Drive, and you can find them in the Google Maps app on your phone via the menu > Your places.

I hope you will find this article effective. If yes, do share it with your friends and family too. Happy Navigating!


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