10 Things You Didn’t Know About Google Maps

Here are some Google maps tips and tricks that you can use as you travel. Make most of Google Maps with these Google tips and tricks.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Google Maps

GPS Navigation

gps navigation

Google Maps lets you enjoy free, GPS navigation along with your Android device. No need to buy a portable GPS device in your car. With GPS navigation, you can view a street view image of your destination on your Android device. The only drawback of GPS Navigation is that its currently has limited country availability.

Custom Maps

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Google Maps let you create your own maps of places that interest you and share them together with your friends. Make a walking tour or keep track of your favorite places using Google Maps custom maps. You can access your maps via your laptop or your phones.

Live Traffic

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Use Google Maps Traffic layer to see the current traffic conditions in your area. Using this feature, you can also get estimated travel times and see alternate routes when you tap it for directions.

Search for Businesses

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Looking for a particular local business? Use Google Maps to get directions to businesses and landmarks without you knowing the exact address. Type or speak the name or type of business, like restaurant and Google Map will search for the closest business and appear on the map. You can use read and view local reviews from your friends or people you trust in your Google+ circles.

Compass Mode and My Location

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Google Maps features a 3D compass mode that works only on Android. The map and labels will automatically rotate according to the direction you are facing. Compass mode and My location feature is really helpful when you are navigating to a place. The blue dot will show you current spot wherever you are.

Live Transit Updates

live transit

Get live public transit updates in selected areas all over the world using Google Maps. You can add and view service alerts to see if there are service changes that would affect your line or stop. It also shows trip update that indicates if your bus or train is running late.

Indoor Maps

indoor maps

Get accurate location indoors in Google Maps using your Android device and plan shopping routes, search your favorite stores, and see indoor walking directions inside train stations, malls, and airports with Google Indoor Maps. While this feature on works on Android and has limited country availability it does let you plan where will be your walking route.

Bicycling Directions

bicycling directions

Use Google Maps to get pedal by pedal bicycling directions that indicate bike lanes, bike trails, and bike friendly roads and let you avoid hilly terrain whenever possible.

Google Map Maker

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Want to add a current place in Google Maps? Use Google Map Maker to share your knowledge and edit the map. Just fill in the missing details or make some adjustments to an existing map. Once the changes are approved, you can see the changes in a matter of minutes, along with other users of Google Maps.

Street View

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Use Google Maps and see what a destination looks like before getting there. Explore parks, landmarks, storefronts and over 5 million road miles in over 40 countries with 360 degrees street level photos and pictures.

These Google maps tips and tricks are designed to make your travel easier than ever. Try out some of these Google maps features to make most of Google Maps!