The Hidden Corners of Google Maps

The Hidden Corners of Google Maps

Dennis Snider

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Google Maps has been around as long as the Internet, or at least it feels that way. So many new features have been added since the basic product was launched that it’s pretty likely that you’re missing out on functions that could enhance your user experience, make your journeys smoother, and improve your vacations.

Below are a few features that you might not know about.

Location sharing: Plenty of times when you’re on vacation your group will want to split up and do different things. If you’re using Google Maps to navigate, you can all make sure that you don’t lose track of each other. All you have to do is open the menu in Google Maps (the three-line icon at the top of the search bar), select “Location sharing”, and choose which contacts will be able to see where you are on Google Maps on their device.

Sharing ETA: When you’re traveling to meet someone, it can be difficult to keep them up-to-date with your expected arrival time, especially if you’re driving. If you planned your trip on Google Maps, all you have to do is swipe up from the bottom of the app to open your trip menu, select “Share trip progress” and choose those contacts you want to see your progress; they will be automatically updated as to your ETA.

Make your own maps: You can save a lot of fiddling about when you’re on the move by creating your own map before you set out. On a computer, go to the Google Website, and go to Your places >Maps > See all your maps >Create a new map. Now you can search out all the hotels, restaurants, museums, etc. you want to visit and at them to your map. When you’re on the move, open the Google Maps app then “Your places” and “Maps”, open the map you’ve made and you can easily navigate to all the locations you previously selected.

Book a table: You can now make restaurant reservations without having to navigate away from Google Maps: search for a restaurant by its name or by tapping on the “Explore” tab you can be shown all the restaurants in your vicinity. Tapping on a restaurant will call up the facility to make a reservation.

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