Do you want to know about Google Maps the most useful tips and that almost nobody knows?
1. Places of interest near you
One of the features that integrate Google Maps is the search for places of interest near where you are, To do this you will have to click on the blank Google Maps search bar. Below you will see a list of recent searches, along with some icons for nearby points of interest.
If you click on More , you will have the possibility to see a list that includes: (Restaurants, Hospitals, ATM, Service Stations and a Large number of other services ) Depending on what you’re looking for, Google will provide you with a list of options close to your position with lots of interesting data.
2. Create custom maps and routes with My Maps
Google Maps offers us a tool called My Maps where you can edit your routes, add stops, photos and synchronize them with your mobile. It is also possible to share maps privately with other users or publish them in the Google Maps gallery. It can be accessed both with the computer’s web browser and through the Android or iOS application. It is better to edit your maps and routes with the web version of the computer since it is much faster and more convenient. All you have to do is create a map and add the pins or markers by clicking on the different locations that interest you for your route and then add them to the map.
- How to add a location in My Maps
- In addition you can define by order of visit those markers within a route, as you can see in the image, you just have to click on the “add directions” button and write in order the locations you want to visit, and it will automatically generate the route faster.
- How to add a route on your map
- In this way you can save the itineraries of your trips or any itinerary with your photos and all the information of your places of interest. A good memory for when you want to repeat or remember.
- Once you have created the map and your route with My Maps, the synchronization with the Google Maps application on your mobile will be automatic. To find your created maps you will have to access the Google Maps menu -> Your sites -> Maps
3. Use Google Maps without an Internet connection
In previous versions of Google Maps, one of the functions that more users demanded is to be able to use this great tool without having to be connected to the Internet. Therefore, Google made available to all the possibility of downloading and viewing maps offline. If you are going to go to any location, make sure before downloading the maps with some Wi-Fi connection, since the maps usually occupy a lot of space in the memory of the device and they will also waste your data. In order to download the maps you must open Google Maps and search for ” your location “. Then click on the location you have chosen and that appears below (image 1) and a window will open (image 2) with 3 options; save, share and download . After doing this, you can save it to review your downloaded maps in future occasions as many times as you want.
4. Do you want to know more information about the places you are going to visit?
Google Maps not only helps us to place ourselves on the map or guide us to our destination, but also wants to offer us all the possible information about the locations, places and places we visit . For this, it offers a series of data such as images, opening information, menus and schedules among other things. To access this information we only have to access the information page of the desired location and look at its details. It is usually quite reliable information because Google collects information from users in real time, taking advantage of access to your location.
Business information and services to visit
It is even able to inform us of a number of people in a place at a certain time. Something really useful, especially if we want to avoid large crowds or we want to create a ” Street Marketing ” campaign and know how many people there will be in a specific place.
5. View the plans in 3D
Surely you know the two viewing possibilities offered by Google Maps: either as a map or with satellite images. But what may have gone unnoticed is a curious variant in satellite image mode, which allows you to tilt your eyes slightly and move through the streets of the city as if you were flying between buildings. To activate this variant, follow these steps: Load a city in Google Maps and choose the “ Earth ” mode. (Make sure that 3D mode is activated otherwise this effect will not be visible)
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Look at the column of icons that appear on the right side of the map, and click on 2D (the second on top).
Press and hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard and use the left mouse button to move up and down and left-right.
If you want to zoom just double click on the map and the image will zoom in automatically.
In mobile, you can also do something similar, although curiously this time it is on the flat map, not satellite images. If you put two slightly separated fingers on a map, and then move them upwards at the same time, you will see that the map tilts until you get a 3D effect. This can help you recognize certain buildings or monuments better.
6. Locations with interior maps
With Google Maps you can not only search for places from all corners of the world, but also offers us the service of being able to search inside certain locations such as museums, stations, shopping centers, sports facilities and other emblematic places around the world, These are indoor maps in Google Maps (available both from the web and from the mobile). So you can immediately locate the shops, specific services or a sink inside a location or we can even switch between the floors of the building, all a wonder when we go to a place that we do not know.