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The Beginner’s Guide To Google Maps App

Introduction

Google Maps has redefined how we interact with the world around us. In the last few years, it has evolved into something truly transformative – a platform that provides information not just about transportation but also about aerial and satellite views of cities, towns, and landmarks across the globe. Here are few ways to make the most of Google Maps app.

1 Getting Started with the Google Maps App

Add Your Home And Work Addresses For Personalized Experiences
Saved Button

Adding your work and home addresses to Google Maps will add flexibility and enhance your experience on the app. To add your addresses, open Google Maps and tap “saved button” at the bottom of the app, select “labeled”, here, the option to add your work and home addresses will appear. Note that the path to add your addresses may vary depending on your version of Google Maps.

Incorporate Multiple Stops

Traffic

Most car trips involve more than one stop. If you’re making a trip that involves multiple stops, take a moment to add those destinations to Google Maps. That’ll help Google optimize driving routes for you based on real-time traffic conditions. To add multiple locations, open Google Maps and tap “Traffic”, tap “Choose destination”, add your location if not auto-detected, add your final destination as well, then tap the three-line menu bar beside “Your location” box, select “add stop”, from there you’ll be able to add as many stops as possible, tap “Done” when you finish.

Find An Interesting Place Near You

Explore

If you’re in a new city and are looking for something to do, the “Explore” button on Google Maps comes in handy. A tap on “Explore” at the bottom-left of the Google Maps app will reveal a list of hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, and other landmarks near where you are. If you don’t immediately find what you’re interested in; tap “More” at the top-right corner, you’ll see a full list of service categories such as “food & drinks”, “things to do” and more.

Track Where You Park

Location Icon

In a crowded city, you can easily lose track of where you parked your car, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. With Google Maps, you can pinpoint and track the exact location of your car. To turn on the feature, tap on the location icon in the app, a list of options will pop up, select “save your parking”, a label “Parking location” will appear indicating where you parked; you can tap this label to add things like parking time, annotation, photo of where you parked, etc. To find the parking spot later, tap “DIRECTIONS” at the button-right, a location icon will appear on the map identifying the spot you parked.

Share Your Real-time Location

Share your location

The latest version of Google Maps has the capabilities that allow users to share their real-time location with friends and businesses for a set period of time. To share your location, tap on the location icon in the map, and select “share your location”, choose who you want to share your location with from the list of options. Note that when you share your location with people, a location icon will appear in their maps, indicating where you are in real-time.

Employ Voice Assistant

Voice Assistant

Checking your phone while driving can cause a distraction. That’s why it’s important to activate the voice control feature in the Google Maps app. For example, if you’re hungry during a car trip, you can use the voice commands to search for the nearest restaurant or grocery store. Simply say “Hey Google, find the nearest restaurant” and a list of restaurants will pop up, which you can check when you pulled over or at a traffic stop. Voice assistant can also check traffic and give route directions without the need for you to touch or look at your phone’s screen.

Add Music And Other Media

Add music

Google makes it easy to add and play music right inside its Maps app. If you’re driving or walking and have Google Maps opened, you can easily sync your playlist from apps such as Tidal, Spotify, and Google Play Music. To sync your playlist, open Google Maps and tap on the menu bar at the top-right corner, select “Settings” tap on “Navigation settings” tap “Show media playback controls” to choose your default media app. Once you’re connected, you’ll see a play icon when you’re navigating, tap on it to play music.

Download Google Maps For Offline Use

Download Offline Maps

If you’re visiting a remote destination where internet access is limited or you want to save on data usage, offline maps can be very helpful. To download maps, tap on the menu bar and select “Offline maps” tap “SELECT YOUR OWN MAP”, choose the area you wish to download on the maps and tap “Download”. To view the downloaded maps, tap on “Offline maps” again, the maps you downloaded will appear, tap on it anytime you have no internet connectivity or want to reduce data usage. Note that some features may not work offline; however, you’ll still be able to search and navigate in offline mode.

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Google Maps has redefined how we interact with the world around us. In the last few years, it has evolved into something truly transformative – a platform that provides information not just about transportation but also about aerial and satellite views of cities, towns, and landmarks across the globe. Here are few ways to make the most of Google Maps app.

Add Your Home And Work Addresses For Personalized Experiences
Saved Button

Adding your work and home addresses to Google Maps will add flexibility and enhance your experience on the app. To add your addresses, open Google Maps and tap “saved button” at the bottom of the app, select “labeled”, here, the option to add your work and home addresses will appear. Note that the path to add your addresses may vary depending on your version of Google Maps.

Incorporate Multiple Stops

Traffic

Most car trips involve more than one stop. If you’re making a trip that involves multiple stops, take a moment to add those destinations to Google Maps. That’ll help Google optimize driving routes for you based on real-time traffic conditions. To add multiple locations, open Google Maps and tap “Traffic”, tap “Choose destination”, add your location if not auto-detected, add your final destination as well, then tap the three-line menu bar beside “Your location” box, select “add stop”, from there you’ll be able to add as many stops as possible, tap “Done” when you finish.

Find An Interesting Place Near You

Explore

If you’re in a new city and are looking for something to do, the “Explore” button on Google Maps comes in handy. A tap on “Explore” at the bottom-left of the Google Maps app will reveal a list of hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, and other landmarks near where you are. If you don’t immediately find what you’re interested in; tap “More” at the top-right corner, you’ll see a full list of service categories such as “food & drinks”, “things to do” and more.

Track Where You Park

Location Icon

In a crowded city, you can easily lose track of where you parked your car, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. With Google Maps, you can pinpoint and track the exact location of your car. To turn on the feature, tap on the location icon in the app, a list of options will pop up, select “save your parking”, a label “Parking location” will appear indicating where you parked; you can tap this label to add things like parking time, annotation, photo of where you parked, etc. To find the parking spot later, tap “DIRECTIONS” at the button-right, a location icon will appear on the map identifying the spot you parked.

Share Your Real-time Location

Share your location

The latest version of Google Maps has the capabilities that allow users to share their real-time location with friends and businesses for a set period of time. To share your location, tap on the location icon in the map, and select “share your location”, choose who you want to share your location with from the list of options. Note that when you share your location with people, a location icon will appear in their maps, indicating where you are in real-time.

Employ Voice Assistant

Voice Assistant

Checking your phone while driving can cause a distraction. That’s why it’s important to activate the voice control feature in the Google Maps app. For example, if you’re hungry during a car trip, you can use the voice commands to search for the nearest restaurant or grocery store. Simply say “Hey Google, find the nearest restaurant” and a list of restaurants will pop up, which you can check when you pulled over or at a traffic stop. Voice assistant can also check traffic and give route directions without the need for you to touch or look at your phone’s screen.

Add Music And Other Media

Add music

Google makes it easy to add and play music right inside its Maps app. If you’re driving or walking and have Google Maps opened, you can easily sync your playlist from apps such as Tidal, Spotify, and Google Play Music. To sync your playlist, open Google Maps and tap on the menu bar at the top-right corner, select “Settings” tap on “Navigation settings” tap “Show media playback controls” to choose your default media app. Once you’re connected, you’ll see a play icon when you’re navigating, tap on it to play music.

Download Google Maps For Offline Use

Download Offline Maps

If you’re visiting a remote destination where internet access is limited or you want to save on data usage, offline maps can be very helpful. To download maps, tap on the menu bar and select “Offline maps” tap “SELECT YOUR OWN MAP”, choose the area you wish to download on the maps and tap “Download”. To view the downloaded maps, tap on “Offline maps” again, the maps you downloaded will appear, tap on it anytime you have no internet connectivity or want to reduce data usage. Note that some features may not work offline; however, you’ll still be able to search and navigate in offline mode.