Google Maps which is available on most smartphones has become the default navigation app. It has grown over the years and so has its features. Google Maps is not just the app that comes preloaded on Android smartphones, but it also offers more than what any rival navigation app is able to offer. It is now way more than just a digital replica of a paper map and you can get way more out of. Have a look at five best Google Maps features that you have never used which makes Maps the most comprehensive navigation tool.
1. Search For Places Along Route:
You can search for places along your route, like a restaurant or gas station, while you’re navigating somewhere.
To search for a place while you’re navigating, follow the steps below.
- Open the Google Maps.
- Navigate to a place.
- In the top right, tap Search Search.
- Tap a category or search for more places.
- You’ll see places near your route as red dots. To see a place’s name and how long it takes to get there, tap a dot.
- To stop at that place, tap Add Stop. You’ll only be able to add one place at a time along with your route.
- To remove a place you searched for, go to the bottom left and tap the X > Remove next stop.
2. Offline Areas – Download Areas And Navigate Offline:
What if when you are traveling with the help of Google Maps and if your Internet is slow or you can’t get online? There is an option in Google Maps through which you can save an area from Google Maps to your phone or tablet and use it when you’re offline.
Download an area to use offline:
- On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app.
- Make sure you’re connected to the Internet and signed into Google Maps.
- Search for a place.
- At the bottom, tap the name or address of the place. If you search for a place like a restaurant.
- Select Download Download.
To save cell data and battery life, use “Wi-Fi only” mode. In this mode, when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, Google Maps will only use data from the offline areas that you’ve downloaded. Before you use this mode, make sure you download offline areas. To turn on this mode, open the Google Maps app Google Maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then next to “Wi-Fi only,” turn the switch on.
Note: You can store your offline areas on your device or an SD card. If you change the way you store your offline areas, you’ll have to download your offline areas again.
3. Add Multiple Way Points:
This feature was recently added to help Maps users select more than one stop simultaneously. Whenever you see multiple routes, the best route to your destination is blue and is the first result shown.
To access this setting, open Google Maps, select drive option, add destination and tap on the car icon. Then select the menu button on the top of the page and select add stop.
4. 360 – Degree Virtual Tour:
Another little-explored aspect of Maps, these features are your best friends in a new city. Want to decide if that museum is worth visiting? Search for it on Maps, swipe up on the card with its name and scroll through photos of the place. For popular destinations, there is a good chance of a 360-degree virtual tour being available for you to judge if it’s worth a visit.
The same card also allows you to label the place for future reference. It might be hard to find ‘No. 999, XYZ Apartments’ six months later, but search for your label named ‘Venue of cousin’s insane birthday bash’ and you’re on your way.
5. Become A Guide:
There is a little option ‘Your Contributions’ on the left-hand menu from the Maps main screen. This is the gateway into Maps’ Local Guide program, a gamification of your knowledge of the area you live in. If enabled, Maps routinely asks you few simple multiple-choice questions about places it knows you’ve visited, answering which gives you points that contribute to leveling up your Local Guide profile.
Photos you upload, reviews you write and edits you make, all contribute points to level up the profile, which earns goodies and exclusive invites to Maps events.
Use these simple features and enjoy the holiday season by navigating like a pro.