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Google Maps is great for helping you avoid traffic when you’re driving, but it can offer so much more than turn-by-turn directions.It can also find you the cheapest gas on your route, let you share your location with others, and even direct you to the nearest bathroom in an airport.
Here are nine things you need to know if you use Google Maps.
And to get the most out of the app, make sure you have the latest version of it and that you’re signed in.
Use it to find the cheapest gas along your route.
You can now use Google Maps to find the least expensive place to fill up your tank, and you won’t have to retype your destination after you’re routed to the gas station.
To find gas stations and gas prices, tap the magnifying glass on the top of your screen. Choose “gas stations” from the dropdown menu. Google Maps will even tell you how much time will be added to your trip if you detour for gas.
For now, this only works on Android, but Google says it’s coming to the iPhone soon.
You can also search for coffee shops, restaurants, and more, along your route.
Again, just tap the magnifying glass. Google will show you restaurants, grocery stores, and more.
This is also coming soon to the iPhone.
Use Google Maps without being connected to the internet.
To get offline maps, you must download an area ahead of time — it can be a city or even a country — when you have a wifi connection.
To do this, search for a place, like Barcelona, then tap what Google refers to as the Place Sheet at the bottom of the screen. Then, tap “download” on the right. You’ll then see a window that will show the area that it will download. That window is adjustable, but the bigger the area, the larger the file size.
Now, you’ll be able to use Google Maps for driving directions, and even search for addresses, when you don’t have a connection to the internet.
This is also only available for Android, but it’ll come to iOS soon.
Save time by setting your home and work addresses
You’ll never have to type your home or work addresses in again, because you can tell Google Maps where you live and work.
To set this, go to the menu by tapping the three lines on the top left of your screen. Then tap on “Your places.”
In there, you’ll see options to enter your home and work addresses.
Once you enter and save these addresses, quickly get to these locations just by typing “home” or “work” into the search bar.
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Use Google Maps to help you avoid traffic.
Thanks to huge amounts of real-time and historical databases, Google Maps is really good at predicting traffic. Use the app to alert you to slowdowns and show you alternate routes so you can get to your destination as quickly as possible.
Drop a pin to easily share your location with other people.
Quickly and easily tell others where you are by dropping a pin and sharing it.
To do this, find the location you want to share — it can be your current location or anywhere else — and tap the screen and hold your finger there. This will create a pin.
Next, just tap the address at the bottom, which will bring up the “Place Sheet.” From there, just tap “share,” and you’re able to send your location via text, email, Twitter, Facebook, and more.
Use Google Maps to get real-time public transit directions.
Google Maps has public transit directions for more than 18,000 cities and towns around the world. The app also has tapped into data from transit authorities in thousands of these places to give you up-to-date information about schedules, delays, and cancellations for bus and subway systems around the world.
You can use it for indoor maps.
Airports, malls, convention centers, and sporting arenas are starting to offer indoor mapping in Google Maps. This can be great for not only finding your seat or gate, but also the closest restroom.
To access indoor maps for a building, just keep zooming into the location on Google Maps. You’ll be able to see different floors by adjusting the slider on the side.
Use Google Maps to find out the fastest way to get somewhere.
Often times, walking, riding a bike, or taking public transportation can be faster (and better for the environment!) than driving a car.
Google Maps will compare how long each method of transportation will take to get you where you want to go.
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