If you have a smartphone, you probably use Google Maps. The navigation app is not only helpful for getting from A to B. It also has many features that many people don’t even know about. That’s why we’ll introduce you to the top ten tips and tricks for Google Maps.
Of course, there is no perfect app. But Google Maps really comes close to that. The application can display a lot more than you a route. With its many functions, the app surpasses any navigation system. You just have to know them.
Even though Google Maps is very intuitive to use, there are still so many hacks that are not recognizable at first glance. That’s why we’ve put together the top ten tips and tricks for Google Maps for you.
1. Use navigation offline
If you enter a route from A to B, you can use “Start” into navigation mode. Maps like a classic navi per voice to your destination.
But the best thing about it is that it works offline! This is especially helpful if you are traveling and do not have access to Wi-Fi or data packages or simply want to save data volume.
Here’s how: Start your route if you still have internet access. After that, you can go offline. The app continues to function reliably in navigation mode.
2. Mark important places as favorites
Enter your destination in the app and select the “Save” at the bottom of the screen. You now have three options to mark the location: “I want to go,” “Favorites,” or “Marked Places.”
Choose one of them. Now go to the “Back”arrow at the top of the screen. You will see the marked place – in this case the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin – as an asterisk on your map.
This is a great trick to find places when you’re offline. Because the favorites also appear when Google Maps is in offline mode.
So if you’re going to mark your hotel like this, you can easily find it on arrival at a stranger’s place even without internet access. In addition to your own location, you always have a point of reference on the map.
3. Find events
Unfortunately, this is one of the tricks in Google Maps that only works in the browser and not in the app itself. Nevertheless, it can be very helpful.
You can find out what events will take place in specific locations over the next few days. All you have to do is enter the location and then scroll down the selection bar.
4. The search function for lazy people
Sometimes you don’t want to go to a specific restaurant or a particular pub, but just find something nice nearby. You can do that with Google Maps. For example, simply enter the search window “Café” or “Supermarket” and the app will automatically show you all the corresponding hits near you.
5. Zoom with one finger
You can also zoom in with just one finger on Google Maps. After all, you can’t always hold your smartphone and use two more fingers to zoom in.
Just tap the screen twice with your thumb. Keep your thumb on the screen the second time. Now move your finger down to zoom in and up to zoom out again.
6. Save parking space
Especially in unfamiliar places, it is very annoying if you want to go back to the car – but no longer know where you parked it. Luckily, there is also a hack in Maps: save the parking lot.
Tap your current location (blue dot) with your finger, and then select “Save parking space” out. The app then will also find you back there.
7. Share your location with others
Let’s say a friend is waiting for you in a confusing place – for example, at a concert hall. Instead of forever clarifying on the phone who of you is where, you can also simply send your location via Google Maps.
This works exactly like the parking lot. The only difference: Now you choose the option “Share location” out. The practical thing is that as soon as you go, the other person sees it as well.
8. Orientation by photo
Sometimes the map function isn’t very helpful if you don’t know a place well. Here another trick can help with maps: the photo function.
In many places, you will see a photo on the screen at the bottom left. Tap it and you’ll get a 360-degree photo of your whereabouts. This is very helpful in orientation.
9. Enable incognito mode on Google Maps
Sometimes you just don’t want to share everything with Google. This is exactly what the Incognito mode. It doesn’t give you complete anonymity, but it doesn’t store your locations in your motion history anymore. It also turns off certain personalization features. You just activate it via your Profile right in the search box.
10. Live View on Google Maps
If you’re having trouble recognizing in the map view which direction you need to go, try Live View.
To do this, you choose a route and start the navigation. Now hold your smartphone camera on street signs or houses around you. The only requirement: You must allow the app to access your camera. However, the feature only works for pedestrian navigation.
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