Google Maps can be a great ally for travelers. The free app for Android phones and iPhone (iOS) is useful not only to see the way, but also in the organization and during the tour. With it you can download maps to use offline, book hotels, create collaborative lists with tourist attractions and identify the best places to park, in addition to being a navigation guide around the city. To take advantage of the functions it is important to keep the service up to date.
Google's map service is suitable for a variety of situations, such as traveling alone, by car or in a group. To understand more about all the possibilities offered by the platform, the TechTudo prepared the following list with ten useful features for the next cold, holidays or holidays. The features remain the same on devices with Apple or Android systems.
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Among several resources, Google Maps allows offline use, for example Photo: Isabela Cabral / TechTudo
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The lack of Internet can leave you in complicated situations to guide yourself, for example, a remote place, with a bad signal, or even another country, where the Brazilian chip does not work. Be forewarned and, before a trip, download the map of the destination, to have offline access to directions and other information of the place. Just go to "Offline Maps" in the Google Maps side menu and select the area you want to download.
Download maps to guarantee yourself even without access to the web Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
Maps also allows travelers to search and book hotels. Search for "hotels in" followed by the name of the desired city. The application will show a list of accommodation options, with photos and information about cost, amenities, contact, among others. It is also possible to filter the query by dates of entry and departure, price range and evaluation of establishments. If you want to make a reservation, touch the name of the hotel and choose an intermediate service, such as Booking, Decolar or Kayak.
Search hotels by Google Maps Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
Google Maps has a section called "Get to know the area", with recommendations for restaurants, bars, cafes, tourist attractions and even events in a certain region. It can be a practical way to discover interesting points when arriving in a new city. The function is evident right on the app's home page, but can also be found in the Explore tab. The tool even displays very specific lists of locations, defined by experts and Google's algorithm. The suggestions are customized, especially for those who keep the location history active.
Google Maps section help to explore the area where the user is Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
When planning a trip, creating lists within Maps can be very useful. This way you can mark and organize the places you want to visit in different ways. On the page of a location, click "Save" and choose one of the existing lists or create a new one. These listings will be available in "Your places", accessible through the side menu of the app, which lists the locations marked, saved, shared and visited, in addition to maps and reservations. The resource also offers the alternative of adding items to the lists, from the "Saved" tab.
Google Maps lists help to plan trips Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
The user can share their preferences with others, a good resource when planning a trip with friends. To do this, open a floating menu by clicking on the three dots next to the name of a list and choosing "Share list". Another option is to form a collaborative list so that other stakeholders can contribute with suggestions. To do this, use the "Share" button on the site page and then go to "Add more places" to continue the work by adding locations and inviting participants.
5. Tilt your phone to guide you
Some people have difficulty interpreting maps, but Google Maps itself can help with this. The application uses the data from the phone's gyroscope to know its direction and orientation. The activation of the service is done from the inclined handling of the cell phone, which has a light beam around the blue locator point and thus indicates the right path to follow.
Tilt your phone to help you get your bearings on Maps Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
This tip is useful for those traveling by car. On the route activated by the GPS navigation mode of Maps, it is possible to find stops on the road, without having to stop the direction service. The resource is used for restaurants, gas stations, supermarket and other service points. The user can identify options in the vicinity of the route, set up a detour and, at the same time, keep the original destination. To do this, I need to click on the arrow next to the remaining travel time and then go to "Search on the route".
App allows you to add detours during Google Maps navigation mode Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
Parking is one of the drivers' concerns and to facilitate the identification of the best places to leave the vehicle, Google Maps displays a native option to the application. When searching for directions to a location, the map may display a red symbol with the letter "E" accompanied by the level of difficulty of easy, medium or difficult parking. In the options "Steps / park" and "See parking near the destination" it is possible to know which alternatives are available. In addition, the app reminds you where the car was, just press the blue locator and click on "Save parking" to register the point.
Maps also make parking easier for users Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
8. Share locations and routes
Instead of sending messages to inform your location, Google's map service can automatically display this with real-time sharing. In this way, the user allows contacts to know their location during a specified period of time or within a selected route. In the app menu, choose "Share location" or, with navigation active, use the "Share trip" button.
Google Maps has location and route sharing Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
Google Maps is not just for finding streets, roads and directions outdoors. There are already several closed space schemes available in the service, stay tuned to places with a high flow of traffic, such as shopping malls, airports and museums. Zoom in on these establishments, as some display internal details that include hallways, stores, bathrooms and even separate floors.
Google Maps has internal maps of airports and other establishments Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
From the base of maps and information from Google, users can create their own maps, by entering relevant data according to their interests. However, this feature must be accessed by the computer, via the web version of the service. Now the visualization can be done later, by smartphone, for example. To start a custom map, go to "Your places"> "Maps"> "Create map". In the tool, it will be possible to add markers and cards with information, in addition to highlighting sectors and creating customized directions by foot or by car.
Create your own maps with native Google Maps function Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
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