10 Google Maps tips and tricks to get you from point A to B, or even add a C

Are you using all that Google Maps has to offer? It’s time you did! Below are 10 tips for getting most out of the maps app you already know and love.

Step 1: Make sure your home and work locations are saved into Google Maps. Tap on the three lines in the upper-left corner. Choose Your places and add the addresses of your home and work. This will make it a lot easier whenever you’re out and about to get home quickly, because you can tell Google to navigate home instead of always having to type in your own address.

Step 2: Save your favorite locations so you can navigate quickly between them, whether your brother’s house or your favorite burger joint. Find the location, click on the location information, and choose Save. You can find them all in Your Places.

Step 3: Google also makes it easy to find your friends — simply tap on the search bar to begin. If you haven’t done this before, you’ll be present with a message that says “Easily find your friend’s address,” along with a prompt to add contacts. You’ll need to give Google access to your contacts, but once done, you’ll be able to quickly search a person’s name. As long as their address is listed in the contacts, you can navigate to their place a lot easier!

Step 4: Speaking of your friends, why don’t you share your location with them? Let’s say you plan on meeting up with a friend, but the location is pretty crowded. Just press your location for a second to drop a pin, and then click the location and choose Share. Then, just text it to them or tweet it.

Step 5: Not sure what you want to eat for lunch? Tap Search, then choose Explore Nearby to get a list of places near your location, which you can view as a list or on a map. The ratings just make choosing a place to go even easier.

10-Google-Maps-Tips-0001

Step 6: Google also makes it easy to plan ahead. While viewing the previously mentioned Explore area, choose the drop-down box to change your current time of day to Evening. You’ll see a lot of choices for food, but if you keep scrolling down, you’ll come to the Play & See section. This allows you to quickly find music, museums, movie theaters, and more.

Step 7: Have you ever needed to get somewhere without access to a car? You can easily find public transportation or hail an Uber with Google Maps. Simply navigate to a place as you would if you were going to drive, then choose the train symbol for public transportation or the car with a thingamajig on top if you’re looking to call an Uber or use a similar service.

Are you using all that Google Maps has to offer?

Step 8: Sadly, Google Maps doesn’t allow you to map out navigation to fifteen different places at once, but you can add a single pit stop. A search button is visible when in navigation mode, which lets you add directions to gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, and other popular spots. You can also search for more specific places, if you wish.

Once you choose a location, you’ll see a list of places along your current route, along with how much additional time it’ll take you to get there. Choose one and the app will automatically recalculate your route.

Step 9: Believe it or not, Google Maps doesn’t require you pinch the screen in order to zoom. A single tap will allow you to move the map slightly, and if you tap twice and hold, you’ll be able to zoom in and out to your heart’s content.

Step 10: Online navigation is for noobs. If you’re traveling somewhere and you don’t want to rely on your Internet connection, you can save a map for offline use by searching for a place, clicking the name, and select Download. Then, you can view offline areas by tapping the three lines and selecting Offline Areas.

iOS Android Windows

Mobile

How to perform a reverse image search in Android or iOS

You can quickly use Google to search, and reverse search, images on a PC or laptop, but did you know it's almost as easy to do in Android and iOS? We explain how to do it here, whether you want to use Chrome or a third-party app.
Mobile

Need a date for Valentine's Day? Cozy up with the best dating apps of 2019

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.
Computing

These 30 useful apps are absolutely essential for Mac lovers

There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with MacOS, but which should you download? Look no further than our list of the best Mac apps you can find.
Photography

Tight on space? Here’s how to transfer photos from an iPhone to a computer

Never lose any of your cherished selfies or family vacation photos from your iPhone again by learning how to transfer photos from your iPhone to a computer, whether you want to use a cable or wireless transfer.
Computing

Enjoy Windows on a Chromebook with these great tips and tricks

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only software.
Computing

Switch your WMA files for MP3s with our quick conversion tips

The WMA codec may be great when it comes to multi-channel surround sound, but unfortunately, it falters in terms of compatibility. Check out our guide on how to convert WMA files to MP3 via web-based or desktop methods.
Gaming

Become a champion with our beginner's guide to Apex Legends

Jumping into Apex Legends for the first time? Need help becoming a champion? Our Apex Legends beginner's guide has 15 tips and tricks that will hopefully help your team make it into the champion's circle.
Gaming

Thrive in the nuclear apocalypse with our Metro Exodus survival guide

Metro Exodus is a difficult shooter, especially if you're new to the series' blend of stealth, action, and scavenging. Here is what you need to know to survive the nuclear apocalypse.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Here's our Champion's guide to picking the best character in Apex Legends

Apex Legends' use of heroes with different abilities helps separate it from other battle royale games. To help you choose your legend, we've put together a legend guide detailing their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
Gaming

These are the best weapons for taking down mutants and bandits in Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a very difficult game, and choosing the right weapons is key for surviving the post-apocalyptic Russia that 4A Games has created. These are the best weapons in Metro Exodus.
Gaming

Exotic Masterwork Weapons are in Destiny 2. Here's how to upgrade

Destiny 2's new Masterwork gear offers a number of special bonuses. Here is what you need to know about it, including how to find the gear in the game and even create it yourself.
Gaming

How to keep a PS4 in your pocket with the PlayStation Mobile app

Sony built the PlayStation 4 with smartphone and mobile integration in mind. Take a look at our guide for connecting your smartphone or tablet to a PS4, so you can get the most out of the system while on the go.
Mobile

Save space on your iPhone by turning off Live Photos in the camera app

If you want to save storage space on your iPhone or reduce the size of your backup for iCloud, then you should think about turning off Live Photos in the camera app. Find out exactly how to do it with our easy guide.