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Google Maps Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know

Google Maps Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know

Google Maps is one of the most useful apps you can ever use. We often use it to find our way to work or find new restaurants to try out on the weekends. If you’re only using Google Maps for the basic stuff, then you’re missing out on a lot. There are several overlooked features that are worth looking at. Here’s how to use Google Maps extensively:

Zoom In and Out With One Finger

While it can be tricky to navigate the map while driving, you can zoom in and out on the screen using one finger. All you have to do is double-tap anywhere on the map screen and on the second tap, keep your finger pressed down. Raise your finger up to zoom out of the screen and bring your finger down to zoom in. Then you can choose to use your finger to scroll over another section of the map to zoom in or out.

View Your Google Maps History

Tap on the three buttons at the top corner of the screen. Go to your timeline and pick a day on the calendar icon. You will then be able to view your location history on that particular day including any new places you visited and might have forgotten the location.

First of all, create your timeline:

  1. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle on the Google Maps app and then Your Timeline.
  2. Tap More and then Settings.
  • Make sure you see “Location is on.” If you don’t, tap Location is off and then turn on Location.
  1. Make sure you see “Location History is on.” If you don’t, tap Location History is off and then turn on Location History.

See your travels:

The timeline will include where you traveled and the way you traveled from place to place. This includes walking, biking, driving, or public transportation, during the times when you have Location History turned on.

  1. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle on your Google Maps app and then Your Timeline.
  2. To see another day or month, tap Show calendar and then swipe left or right and tap a day.

Tip: To see places that you’ve visited recently, tap Saved and then Visited.

Mark the Spot Where You Parked Your Car

After parking your car in a parking spot, turn on Google Maps. You’ll see the blue dot on the screen representing your current location. Tap on the dot and you’ll see three options. Tap on the “save your parking option” to pin the spot on your map. You can also add a photo to the location for better recognisability.

Share Location With Friends

Meeting up with friends at a new location can be quite difficult if everyone is coming from different directions to a common area. With the share your location feature, you can lead your friends directly to where you are currently. To activate, simply tap on the blue dot representing your location and choose to share your location option from the page that appears on-screen. Now select the people with whom you wish to share the information.

Create Lists of Your Favorite Spots

You can separate the places you visit regularly into different categories of lists like professional, fun, out of state, etc.

To make a new list:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app.
  2. Tap Saved place and then Lists.
  • In the bottom right, tap Add Plus.
  1. Enter a name and description.
  2. Tap Save.

Save a place to a list:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app.
  2. Search for a place or tap it on the map.
  • At the bottom, tap the place’s name or address.
  1. Tap Save.
  2. Choose a list. To create a new list, tap New list (+).
  3. Optional: A note can be added to a place after saving it to a list.

To find your lists:

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Maps app.
  2. Tap Saved place and then Lists.

Your lists are divided into 2 sections:

  • Your lists: Has all of your ordered lists, sorted by the date you most recently edited them. Your “Favorites,” “Want to go,” and “Starred” lists are pinned to the top.
  • Lists you follow: Has all the lists you follow on Maps.

If a section has more than 20 lists, you’ll find “Show more lists” at the bottom of the list section. To find all your lists in a section, tap ‘Show more lists’.

Change Songs Without Leaving the Google Maps Screen

Open Google Maps and tap the three horizontal bars from the top right corner and select “Settings” option. Scroll down and look for the ‘Navigation settings’ option and tap on it. Most likely, this feature will be off by default, tap on the toggle button located in front of the option. It will ask you to select the default service. Google Maps will automatically pull up all the available service on the phone.

Follow Businesses and Public Events

To search for a business or public event on Google Maps, tap on the dots representing the business. On the information screen that appears, choose the ‘follow’ option. You’ll receive updates about the business on the map under the ‘for you’ section.

Switch to Night Mode During Daytime

Night mode usually turns on during the night but you can also change the feature to work during the day to save battery life. Go to ‘Navigation Settings’ under the Settings menu. Scroll down until you get to the ‘color scheme’ option and switch the scheme from ‘automatic’ to ‘night’.