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Google Maps is a Swiss Army Knife chock-full of hidden navigation, geospatial tìm kiếm, & customization tools. These tips and tricks will help you unlochồng your bản đồ app"s full potential.

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Rarely vì chưng car trips consist of going from point A khổng lồ B. More often, they are something lượt thích A-to-café-to-library-to-Joe"s-house-to-B. It"s a good thing Google makes it possible to lớn anticipate real trips. To add multiple destinations in the Google Maps Mobile ứng dụng, enter your starting point and your ultimate destination & then click the three dots in the top-right corner. This will prompt a pop-over menu with the option to lớn "Add stop." Cliông xã that & you can add a route with multiple stops. You will even have sầu the option drag và drop stops within your itinerary. (lưu ý that this doesn"t work when you"re using the mass transit option.)

Customize Your Vehicle Icon

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If you"re driving, Google lets you choose what oto shows up on your navigation in the iOS và Android apps. In the ứng dụng, plug in your destination và start up driving directions. Tap the inhỏ that shows your current location và a pop-up menu will appear with several oto icon options: a sedan, a pickup truông xã, or an SUV.

"Hey Google, Where Am I Going?"

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If you want to interact with Maps while you"re driving, you don"t want khổng lồ actually take your eyes off the road. With "OK Google" voice commands in the Google Maps Android app, you don"t have lớn. For example, if you notice you"re running low on gas, say "OK Google, find gas stations" và it will show gas stations on the maps (which you can look at when you"ve sầu come khổng lồ a red light or have sầu pulled over). You can also ask for things lượt thích "What"s my next turn," "what"s my ETA," or "How"s traffic ahead?" On iOS (pictured above), you have to lớn tap the microphone icon on the top right, at which point you can ask your questions via voice.

Access Google Maps Offline

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Today, Maps is most useful on Mobile, which brings up a problem: when you are most in need of Maps, you may find yourself somewhere with limited (or—gasp—non-existent) coverage. To help you out, Google Maps supports offline access. Navigate khổng lồ the area you"d like to access while offline. Swipe left on the menu at the bottom of the screen & tap Download lớn download that map, assuming you have sầu enough storage on your device. You can then get information about businesses in the region và turn-by-turn directions within the downloaded section.

Change Directions Around by Drag and Drop


When finding directions on the desktop version of Maps, you can maneuver your route to lớn go through or away from specific locations via drag & drop. Just click & drag any part of your direction route lớn move around (this only works with directions for walking, driving, or biking—it won"t work with any mass transit options).

Find Directions With a Single Click

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To get to lớn where you"re going, you can type in your destination address. Or right-click where you"re going on the map and it will prompt a pull-down menu, which you can use to lớn find directions khổng lồ or from that location.

Measure Any Distance

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Using the aforementioned right-click tool, you can also calculate the distance of any two points on Earth. Choose "Measure distance," which will drop a point (signified by a white dot with a bold blachồng line), then cliông chồng anywhere else on the map, và the distance between the points will be calculated. Keep clicking to lớn add more points on the maps. The total trip distance will be calculated in the main card.

That Little Person in the Corner Has a Purpose

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See that little yellow person in the bottom right-h& corner? That"s "Peg Man" (or alternatively "the pegman"). You can piông chồng little peggy up và drop hyên anywhere on maps & be thrown inlớn that location"s Street View. Once in Street View mode, he will be oriented with the current view in the embedded bản đồ window in the bottom left-h& corner.

Augmented Reality Walking Directions

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If you"re walking around a đô thị, và need a visual aid beyond Peg Man, Google Maps supports augmented reality walking directions in certain locales. This feature layers directional prompts atop Street View imagery to lớn help you know which way lớn walk or turn. It initially rolled out in 2019 for Pixel phones, and later expanded to lớn other Android phones with ARbộ vi xử lý Core tư vấn và iPhones with ARKit tư vấn. The area itself needs to lớn have robust Street View support; if it"s available, you"ll see a "Live View" option at the bottom of your screen when you thangvi.comrch for walking directions.

If you don"t have sầu AR view yet, find the xanh dot on Google Maps and tilt your phone in the direction you"re about to lớn walk. That blue location dot will cast what looks lượt thích a shadow in the direction you"re facing khổng lồ help you get oriented.

Let Other People Drive

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Ride-sharing services are a big part of the modern transportation set, so Google added ride options from companies like Uber và Lyft khổng lồ its di động app. Once you enter your destination, clichồng the icon of the little figure attempting to hail a taxi or the mass transit option. You"ll then be presented with nearby ridenói qua options along with the estimated time and fare. Previously, you could request an Uber inside the Maps app, but Google quietly removed that option a while baông chồng. Now you tap Open App to open Lyft or Uber và book your ride.

Find Accessible Transit Routes và Locations

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Those with mobility issues can tìm kiếm for wheelchair-accessible transit routes by tapping Options > Wheelchair accessible when looking for train or bus directions. When you get to lớn your destination, meanwhile, the Accessible Places setting will offer up wheelchair accessibility information about that location. Turn it on via Settings > Accessibility > Accessible Places và toggle it on. "When Accessible Places is switched on, a wheelchair inhỏ will indicate an accessible entrance & you’ll be able lớn see if a place has accessible thangvi.comting, restrooms or parking," Google says. "If it’s confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance, we’ll show that information on Maps as well."

Rethành viên Where You Parked

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Remember that episode of Seinfeld where the gang spent the whole episode wandering around a parking garage looking for their parked car? That episode (và many others) would not work in 2021, thanks lớn Google Maps.

On Android, tap the blue location dot & select Save your parking, which will add a label khổng lồ the Maps tiện ích, identifying where you parked. Tap that khổng lồ add details lượt thích parking garage màn chơi & spot or the amount of time left before a meter expires. You can also mix meter reminders, add a phokhổng lồ of where you parked, and send your parking location to lớn friends. To find it later, tap the thangvi.comrch bar up top và select Parking location. Or tap Driving down below, & look for Saved parking. To delete, tap Driving > Clear. Or tap "You parked here" on the maps, select More Info on the bottom left & tap Clear.

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On iOS (above), tap the little xanh location dot within the tiện ích when you arrive at a location. In the pop-up, tap Set as parking location. In the tiện ích, a P. icon will appear alongside a note that says "You parked near here." To get rid of it, tap the P. và select Clear.

What"s the Parking Sitch?

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Google Maps can provide turn-by-turn directions based on live-ish traffic data, but it can also provide you with a glimpse of the parking situation. When you tìm kiếm for driving directions to a location on iOS or Android, you may see a P. logo sản phẩm at the bottom of the screen, along with one of three designations: limited, medium, và easy. This can help you decide how long to lớn allocate for parking, or even if another size of transportation may be a better option.

View (and Delete) Your Google Maps History

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Google maintains a very detailed record of your digital activities, which you can peruse by going to myactivity.google.com. Hit Filter by date và product below the thangvi.comrch bar at the top. This will prompt a pop-up box in which you can tìm kiếm by date or Google sản phẩm. For Maps data, click the box next to Maps and then Apply. Here, you can see your past thangvi.comrch queries within Maps (including mobile). To delete all your thangvi.comrches, clichồng the three dots to lớn the right of the thangvi.comrch bar at the top và choose Delete Results. Or cliông xã on an individual query và delete just that from your permanent Google record. Weirded out by Google"s oversight? Here"s a more detailed guide for how khổng lồ get Google khổng lồ stop tracking you.

Go Incognito

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If you want a quiông xã way to poke around Google Maps without leaving any obvious footprints, go incognilớn. With this enabled, Google Maps won"t save sầu your browser or tìm kiếm history in your trương mục, or skết thúc notifications. Your thangvi.comrches or movement won"t be added to lớn location history or shared location, if enabled. And Google won"t use your activity while in Incognito lớn Mode to lớn personalize Maps. It has its advantages if you want khổng lồ peep a location without having it tangled up with your tìm kiếm history, but just lượt thích on web browsers, it doesn"t make you invisible on the tiện ích, so use it wisely.

Auto-Delete Your Google Maps Location History

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Google lets you periodically auto-delete your location history from the company"s servers. Set the data to erase every three months, every 18 months, or keep the data until you delete it manually. Navigate to lớn myactivity.google.com và cliông chồng Location History > Auto-delete, where you can choose how often to delete your data, including where you"ve sầu been on Google Maps. To delete everything it"s captured until now, navigate lớn Settings > Personal nội dung > Delete all Location History.

Share Your Location

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Google Maps now lets you chia sẻ your current location with people for specific periods of time. If you cốt truyện your location with a specific liên hệ, they"ll see your ibé moving in real time on their bản đồ. On Android or iOS, tap your protệp tin icon on the top left và select Location sharing. Choose who you want lớn giới thiệu with & for how long, và they"ll be able khổng lồ see where you are.

Time Travel With Google Maps

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Street View has amassed a huge collection of street imagery over the years. In 2014, Google introduced Time Travel, a way for users khổng lồ see how Street View has changed over time. A virtual time machine of sorts. Access this four-dimensional cartographic experience in Street View by clicking the little stopwatch icon in the top-left corner where available, which prompts a sliding scale that allows you to lớn jump through Street Views over time. (For a deeper dive on changes lớn the Earth"s surface between 1994 & 2018, kiểm tra out Google Earth Engine.)

Add Your Own Street View Images

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Google doesn"t rent out its Street View cars, but Android users can now add their pics khổng lồ the street-màn chơi mapping feature. All that"s required lớn start contributing is the lademo version of the Street View phầm mềm on Android & a smartphone with tư vấn for ARChip Core. Once captured, the images can be published via the app và Google"s servers will automatically carry out the required rotation và positioning to create a series of connected photos. After that, they will appear on Street View for all khổng lồ see for the location you captured.

Add Some Music

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If you"ve always got Google Maps navigation open while you"re driving (or walking), you can add music lớn your trip without leaving the app. Sync music apps such as Spotify or Apple Music by opening the menu & navigating to Settings > Navigation and then either Music playback controls on iOS or Show truyền thông playback controls on Android to lớn sync a music phầm mềm. Once you vì chưng, a pop-up to your app of choice should appear as you"re driving for a quiông chồng tap lớn get your music started. Be sure to lớn make your playlists beforehand so you can keep your eyes on the road.

Find Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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The makeup of cars on the road is changing, và Google Maps is changing with it. You can now tìm kiếm "EV charging" or "EV charging station" in Google Maps lớn find the nearest locations to charge up your electric vehicle.

Find Safe Drug Disposal Locations

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Google Maps is doing its part khổng lồ fight the opioid crisis with a tìm kiếm tool to help users find safe drug disposal locations. Type "drug disposal near me" into lớn the thangvi.comrch bar to lớn pull up pharmacies, medical centers, và local authority locations where you can safely dispose of excess pills.

Share Your Favorite Places

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Google Maps lets you nội dung some of your favorite places with a friend; just tap the giới thiệu inhỏ on the location"s Google Maps card khổng lồ sover it khổng lồ them via text, email, or your phầm mềm of choice. And you can save favorite places by tapping the Save sầu icon; they"ll show up in the Saved option in the bar. But if you want lớn chia sẻ more than one location, you can create a Pinterest-lượt thích danh sách within Google Maps. When you save sầu a favorite place, tap New list to create a new collection (lượt thích "Favorite Tnhì places in Brooklyn") or add it lớn an existing one. You"ll find them in the Saved tab under Your lists; tap the three-dot menu và then Share list to lớn sover a liên kết lớn friends.