3 tips for better use of Google Maps, from Google

3 tips for better use of Google Maps, from Google

Unlocking the Full Potential of Google Maps: Tips and Tricks

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I have to confess, I often find myself relying heavily on my smartphone’s GPS to navigate even the simplest of streets. Without it, I’m almost guaranteed to get lost. Thank goodness we live in a time where smartphones have become our personal navigators.

Recently, Google released a blog that shares 10 invaluable tips for using Google Maps more effectively. As with most apps, it’s likely that there are features within Google Maps that you may not be fully aware of. Today, I’d like to delve into three of these tips that I found particularly helpful:

Adding Multiple Stops to Your Destination

I think many of us are aware that Google Maps allows us to add multiple destinations to our route. However, it’s easy to forget this feature exists when we’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Once you’ve clicked on directions in the Maps app, navigate to the top-right corner and click on the three dots. From there, select “add stop” until you’ve added all the necessary destinations. Google Maps will then calculate the most efficient route, incorporating all your stops seamlessly.

Download Maps for Offline Use

How often have you found yourself in an area with poor network coverage, be it in a rural location or a crowded tourist spot? It’s frustrating to rely on a map app that needs a constant internet connection. Luckily, Google Maps provides a solution. Plan ahead and download a map for offline use. To access this option, go to your profile, click on “offline maps,” and select the desired area to be available offline. This way, you’ll always have access to necessary directions, even when you’re off the grid.

Share Your Location

Imagine you’re meeting up with friends or family at a particular destination. Sharing your location can be incredibly helpful to ensure everyone arrives at the same time. Google Maps offers two convenient ways to share your location. Firstly, you can share it via your profile under the “location sharing” tab. Secondly, you can share the progress of a specific trip simply by swiping up on the navigation screen, revealing the “share trip progress” option. This is especially valuable when you’re on a long journey and want to keep loved ones updated on your whereabouts.

Google’s Rachel Hespell has compiled a total of 10 tips in their blog, all of which are incredibly helpful, particularly for those of us who struggle with directions. These tips cover various features, such as Immersive View, an AI-powered tool that recently expanded to more cities. However, one of my personal favorite features, Street View, was not mentioned in Google’s blog. Nonetheless, it’s fascinating to use Google Maps to explore historical images and take a stroll down memory lane.

So, the next time you find yourself in need of navigation assistance, remember these tips and unlock the full potential of Google Maps. From adding multiple stops to downloading maps for offline use and sharing your location, Google Maps continues to prove itself as an indispensable tool for modern adventurers.

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And remember, never fear getting lost again – Google Maps is here to guide you every step of the way. Happy exploring!