We all know that Google Maps is a helpful way to get you from Point A to Point B, but what else can it do? We’ve compiled a list of 8 Ways to Master Google Maps – believe us when we say that these neat tricks will definitely help you become a Master of the Maps.
– Latitude shares your location
Google Maps has introduced a new feature called Latitude that allows you to share your location with a select group of friends. This can be disabled if location-pinning isn’t your thing, but it can help when your husband is wondering how long it’ll be until your home from work, and they can follow you on Latitude.
– Double-tap to zoom
In case you don’t have both hands free, you can still zoom in and out with Google Maps. Just double-tap on the screen and be sure not to let go of the screen after the 2nd tap. Then you can slide up the screen to zoom in, and down the screen to zoom out.
– Find postal addresses
To do this, just clear the search box, click on any street and the address and ZIP code will appear. You can then drop a marker on to the map, zoom into Street View, or get directions to or from the place in question.
– Make your own Maps
Google has created Map Maker, which enables you to make minor corrections, drop in new locations and add other edits for the benefit of Google Maps users around the world. Maybe your favorite restaurant has the wrong address in Maps, or a road you always drive by is now a one-way street – you can change both of those in Map Maker.
*Google’s team will view your modifications and approve before they go live.
– Embed Maps on your website or blog
Did you know you can put a map directly on your website or blog with just a few clicks? If you click on the link text on the upper right-hand side of a Google Map, it gives you the URL to use as a link to your map. Just below that, it gives you the code you can use to embed a Map in any web page that accepts embed tags. All you have to do is copy and paste the code and there you go!
– Walking directions
This isn’t necessarily a new feature, but there are a lot of Google Maps users who haven’t taken advantage of the Walking Directions option. If you are walking to the store, to a local coffee shop, or an attraction, be sure to click the icon of the person walking instead of the car image, that way your directions will be much more accurate.
*This can also be used for Public Transit or Biking Directions.
– Local offers
Google Maps also allows you to input your location to search for Google Offers and take advantage of great local deals in your neighborhood.
– Find Mordor
Now, this one isn’t a tip that you’ll be using all the time, but boy is it clever! If you’ve ever seen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, you’ll get a kick out of this little Maps quirk. If you try to get walking directions from “The Shire” or “Rivendell” to “Mordor” (just type in the words and ignore all the auto-complete suggestions that pop up), Google will give you the route… and a warning to boot. Where is Mordor, you ask? According to Google Maps, Mordor is located just outside Cape Town, South Africa.