Google Maps: Six hidden tricks you should know

Do not go on a trip without taking a look at these tips.


Driving is, in itself, stressful, but it is even more so when you can’t find a place to park or when you lose your signal and you’ll have to turn around soon, but you don’t know where exactly. Fortunately, the Google Maps app for Android and iPhone can help our peace of mind a bit when we drive with these hidden features it has.

You probably know that with the Google Maps app you can save addresses – your home or work, for example -, so with a single touch, you can go to one of the addresses you most frequent. You can also get information from somewhere – even what to eat and what to do – which will help you take advantage of your surroundings.

However, Google Maps can also help with other things you may not know, such as letting you download a map for offline use, including stops in your travel time to better calculate your arrival time at the final destination, and even helping you find a place to park. Read more to know how you can use these functions and make your trip more relaxed.

6See where you walk with Live View

When you parked your car five blocks from your final destination, it can sometimes be difficult to follow the blue dot on the map to see where you are going.

With Google’s Live View tool, you can easily see where you should walk by simply picking up your phone.

The function uses a camera to scan the buildings around you and places a large arrow to indicate in which direction you should walk. Thus it can be used.

  1. Indicate your final destination in the Google Maps app and touch Go.
  2. Select the Walking icon.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, touch the Live View button. It is located next to the start button.
  4. Point the camera at the buildings and the street (you will need to give the application access to your camera). When you start walking in front of your destination, you will see large arrows on the screen that will indicate the direction along with the name of the street.

5Without connection

It never fails. When you need directions the most, your phone runs out of signal at the most inopportune moment. Fortunately, Google Maps allows you to download your route beforehand so you don’t have to worry about a sudden lack of signal and don’t get lost.

  1. In the Google Maps app, load your destination.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, touch the site name or address.
  3. Click on the three-point menu in the upper right corner.
  4. Click Download offline map.
  5. Touch Download. The map of the area you selected will now be available even if you have no connection.

4Exit the radar with Incognito Mode

A new feature for Android users will allow you to use Google Maps incognito. This means that you can hide from other Google Maps users, as well as the locations you are looking for will not be saved.

So if you try to surprise your partner, use the function when you buy your elegant necklace. Open Google Maps, tap the profile icon in the upper right corner and select Turn on Incognito Mode. When you are ready to turn off the function, do the same.

3Plan the route of your entire trip, including stops

If Google says your trip is going to take seven hours, but it actually ends up being eight, maybe it’s because you didn’t include the multiple stops you made along the way. Google Maps allows you to add the stops so that your estimated arrival time is more accurate.

  1. In the Google Maps app, type your first stop such as a gas station or cafeteria.
  2. Touch Directions.
  3. Touch the three-point menu in the upper right corner.
  4. Touch Add stop. Add how many stops you plan to make.
  5. Press Done when you finish adding stops. Now, you will have an estimated time of arrival more accurate.

2Easily find a place to park

Knowing where you can find a place to park or not is essential, especially if you are late for work or a large event such as a concert or if you arrive in a neighborhood that you do not know. Instead of wandering around and hoping to find a place, Google Maps can point you to the right place.

  1. In the Google Maps app, type your location.
  2. Touch Directions.
  3. You will see an icon with a P (E) along with the estimated time of arrival at the site. Touch If P (E) is red, it means that the parking space is limited. Blue means you will easily find a place.
  4. Find parking.
  5. A list with parking areas will appear. Select an option and touch Add parking. The parking spot will be added as the first stop on your route and so you can continue to the next one.

1See what a site looks like before you arrive

There are photos that can be misleading, so better before setting aside a hotel that looks nice, check out Google Maps.

  1. In the Google Maps app, look for the location, like a hotel where you want to stay.
  2. In the lower-left corner, you will notice a small box with a picture of the building. This is the street view of the area, so touch there so you can see.
  3. You can zoom and check the area by sliding with your finger on the screen.

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