Since Google launched Google Maps in early 2005, the search giant hasn’t slowed down. Over the past 17+ years, Google has consistently added a host of new features to its ubiquitous search app. As a result, Google Maps today is packed with a wide range of features for power users that lurk just below the surface. That said, if you’re looking to take your Google Maps game to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ve compiled a list of snazzy Google Maps tips you probably had no idea existed.
This is one of my favorite Google Maps tips. If you’re trying to zoom in on an area, you can manage it without resorting to pinch-to-zoom with two hands. Instead, you can zoom in with just one finger. You can do this by double tapping on the screen.
Keep your finger on the screen after the second touch and now move it up or down. Moving your finger down will zoom in. Moving your finger up will zoom out.
Put Google Pegman in disguise
Google Pegman is the little yellow character in Google Maps that you can magically place on a map. Normally, it is a small yellow character. But there are some Pegman easter eggs that will put Pegman in different costumes.
For example, if you do a Google Maps search for Buckingham Palace, Pegman will be dressed as the Queen, as seen below.
Similarly, if you search for Area 51, Pegman will transform into an Alien figure. And finally, if you search for Loch Ness on Google Maps, Pegman will turn into a sea monster.
This Google Maps tip may not be useful, but it’s fun to play around with.
Park like a pro with these Google Maps tips
Now, this is a Google Maps tip that will really make your life easier. You can use Google Maps to determine the parking situation at your desired location in advance. To do this, the first thing you have to do is enter your destination. Then select the driving directions option.
Once you do this, you can view the parking information about the location by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
Remember where your car is parked
In the second part of our Google Maps parking tip. Once you’re parked, you can use Google Maps to remember exactly where you’re parked. This tip is a boon if you ever find yourself in a crowded mall or sports stadium.
To pin your parking location, open the Google Maps app. Next, tap on the blue dot that illustrates your current location. From there, you should see a list of options, one of which should say “Set as Parking Location.” Once you select it, you can easily find your car later.
Use Google Maps offline
This is a helpful Google Maps tip if you’re running low on battery or know you’ll be heading into an area with poor reception.
To use Google Maps offline, open Google Maps on your smartphone and tap your profile icon in the top right corner. A menu should appear, along with an option for offline maps. Select it and you will now be able to specify which mapping area you want to download.
Once you’ve downloaded an area to your device, you can access it anytime you want. It is worth adding that users can download multiple areas of Google Maps on their devices at once.
Share your ETA with friends and family
This is another useful Google Maps tip that should make your life easier. Instead of texting friends and family updated arrival times as your situation changes, you can have Google Maps do all the heavy lifting for you.
To take advantage of this, enter your location and start driving directions. Then swipe up from the bottom where you’ll see the “Share Ride Progress” option. If you click that, you can share your location with designated friends or family until you arrive.
Measure the distance between two locations
This is a great way to quickly measure the distance between two locations. To get started, place a pushpin anywhere on the map. Once you touch the pin once, you should see a “Measure Distance” option below.
Once you tap on that, you can now scroll the screen and quickly determine the distance between the two locations.
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