Simplify your own commute with these Google Maps tips.

Angela Lang

Traveling by vehicle is expected to choose up this summer. AAA predicts that by Memorial Day weekend, traveling will increase by 60% compared with a year ago. That said, there are several tricks in the Google Maps app that can help you navigate the busy traveling season.

If you’ve never used Google Maps, you picked a good time to begin. It can help make certain you reach your location on time in addition to avoid you from getting dropped along the way. With its hidden features, the Google Maps application also acts as your own co-pilot to truly get you from stage A to point N with little frustration.

We’ll explain how to locate these functions, along with a number of other ideas to get you relocating. This article is up-to-date periodically.

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Live View lets a person see where you’re heading without looking far from your own phone

When you’ve parked your own car five blocks far from your destination, it may be tricky trying in order to follow a small glowing blue dot to figure away where you’re going. With Google’s Live View tool, you can observe exactly exactly where you’re going by keeping up your phone screen. 

The feature uses your camera to scan the buildings around you and places a huge arrow in the display to help you find the exact location you need to be in. Here’s how to use it.

1. In the Google Maps app, enter your destination and tap Directions.

2. Select the Walking icon at the top of the map screen.

3. On the bottom of the screen, tap the Live View button. It’s located next to the Start button.

4. Point your camera at the buildings and signs on the street (Note you need to give the app entry to your camera). When you begin walking toward your destination, large arrows and the street name will appear on your screen to guide you.

Use Google Maps offline whenever your signal is weak

It never fails. When you need directions the most, your phone loses signal at the most inopportune time. Fortunately, Google Maps lets you download your route ahead of time so you never have to worry about getting lost. 

1. In the Google Maps app, enter your destination.

2. At the bottom of the screen, tap the name of the place or maybe the address.

3. Tap the three-dot menu within the upper-right corner.

4. Tap Download offline map.

5. Tap Download. The map for the area you’ve selected will now be accessible to you offline.

You may use Google Maps offline so body fat be rerouted when you have no signal.

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Hide your location with Google Maps Incognito Mode

A feature for Android and iPhone users allows you to go incognito while using Google Maps. This means you can hide your location from other Maps users, as well as locations you’ve looked for. So if you’re trying to surprise your special someone with a fancy necklace, this is what you’ll need to do. 

Open the Google Maps app, tap your profile icon in the top right corner and select Turn on Incognito Mode. When you’re ready to turn the triggering, follow the same steps and select Turn off Incognito Mode.

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Planning a few stops on the way? Add them to your trip

If Google says your trip will take seven hours but it ends up being eight, it might be because you did not the multiple stops along the way. Google Maps lets you add stops to get a more accurate destination time.

1. In the Google Maps app, enter your first destination, like a gas station or coffee shop.

2. Tap Directions.

3. Tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner.

4. Tap Add stop. Add as numerous stops as you anticipate taking.

5. Press Done when you’re finished adding stops. Now, you may a more accurate ETA preparing trips.

Easily find somewhere to park instead of driving until you see one

Knowing where one can and cannot park your vehicle is essential, specially if you’re running late to work or driving to an unfamiliar place. Instead of driving around and hoping you’ll in the course of time look for a parking spot, use Google Maps to point you within the right direction.

1. In the Google Maps app, your location you’ll need to park at.

2. Tap Directions.

3. You’ll see a P icon alongside the estimated time it’ll take to get to that location. Tap the P (for parking). If P is red, it means parking is going to be limited. Blue means finding parking is going to be easy or moderately challenging

4. Tap Find parking.

5. A list of parking areas will appear. Select one of the options and tap Add parking. The parking spot will be added as the first stop on your route and you can carry on to your next destination.

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Check out the street view of a place you’re visiting

Pictures can be deceiving, so before you decide to book a hotel that looks nice, always check it out on Google Maps first. 

1. In the Google Maps app, search for a location, like a hotel you’re considering staying at.

2. In the bottom left corner, you’ll notice a small box with a photo of the building. This is the street view of the area, so tap it to see what it seems like.

3. You can zoom in and out and always check out the area by swiping your finger over the screen. 

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