Google Maps, and its lightweight version, Google Maps Go, are a real must on any Android phone. Although Google Maps has been with us for more than 10 years, it is still a reference among GPS applications, and it gets you out of many a tight spot every time you leave home. Don’t know how to get to your destination? Is it faster by car or public transportation? Is there a restaurant nearby? The answer to any question about your route or your location is Google Maps!
In today’s article, we’re going to share the most surprising and popular Google Maps tricks with you. This app is for much more than just checking routes and creating maps. Don’t believe us? Read on to find out!
First of all: Make sure you’ve updated Google Maps
To ensure that all the Google Maps features are available and working on your Android smartphone, you should update the app to the latest version. Open Google Play on your phone or download the latest version of Google Maps quickly and conveniently below.
1. Pin the addresses you use every day
One of the tricks we recommend you start using right away is to fill in “Your places” in Google Maps. You can set your home address and work address, which is really useful for finding alternative routes from your location to work or home.
To set this information, simply open Google Maps and click the options menu (that’s the icon with the three horizontal stripes in the upper left-hand corner of the screen) or open the left side menu. Then click the “Your places” button followed by the “Labeled” tab. Now just fill in the fields for “Home” and “Work” to have quick access to routes between these two addresses.
2. Create shortcuts for your main routes
With Google Maps, you can create shortcuts to the main routes you use every day (going home or to work) so they’re ready to go on your home screen. This is especially useful to save time and always have your best route all set.
To create these shortcuts in your device’s home menu, first you need to have your address and work address set in “Your places.” If you don’t know how, check out the steps in the previous point.
Once you have that information on your phone, hold your finger on the Google Maps icon (on the Home screen) and wait for its menu to appear. You will see that under the classic options to remove from Home or uninstall an app, two icons appear: one called “Home” and another called “Work.” Drag these icons to a free space on your Home screen and, voilà, you have your shortcut!