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Google Maps Features You Didn’t Know Existed!

Staff Writer / 19-02-2020 / News

Before the release of Google Maps in 2005, it was quite challenging to find your way to an unknown location, even when using a printed map. In fact, many marriages were probably saved by the invention of Google Maps. Nowadays, it’s difficult to imagine a world without it. A lot of people don’t know that, aside from directing you to your destination, the Google maps app is packed with many great features and capabilities that will make your trip even easier. Here’s the best Google Maps features you should start using today:

Date

Many people only use Google Maps to search for directions to their destination, but the app can take it a step further by providing you with more accurate, real-time details. If you enter the date you’ll be travelling on a particular route, the system will be able to factor in traffic and other variables and provide you with the best information possible.

Favourites

Accessing Google Maps when you’re in a hurry can be cumbersome. You can save time by adding your favourite destinations to the app. Simply select “Your Places”, tap on the “Saved” tab and then choose “Favourites”. Press the “Add” button to save some of your favourite spots for easy access.

Download for Offline Use

Google Maps uses an internet connection to keep you updated with the latest traffic routes. However, if you’re going to travel to a remote area with limited or no network coverage, you can actually download the map that you need from Google Maps. All you need to do is search for your destination, scroll to the bottom of a page and click on “Directions”. You’ll now be able to swipe over and get the option to download. If you don’t see this, search for your destination, click on the menu and select “Offline Maps” and then “Custom Map”. It’s important to note that while using this feature, you won’t get any live traffic information due to the lack of an internet connection.

Parking

Google Maps doesn’t just help you get to your destination, it can also help you find parking once you’re there. Look for the “P” icon with a circle around it next to the estimated time it will take to get there, and it will inform you if parking is limited at that location.

Sharing your Location

If you’re visiting someone and want them to know what time they can expect you, simply share your live location with them and they’ll be able to see exactly where you are throughout your whole journey. To do this, click the estimated time of arrival at the bottom of your screen, select “Share Trip Progress” and you will be directed to your Contacts where you can choose the person you want to share your location with. This can be shared via text message, email or instant message.

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