Google Maps is the most complete and famous map service on the market. The app has versions for the web, on the PC, and Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. The user finds several resources in the Google tool, such as turn-by-turn GPS navigation, information about commercial establishments, restaurant and hotel reviews, in addition to the Street View mode and past research history. This is useful for those interested in knowing about a certain place and knowing routes, distance and even the estimated travel time.
In the following tutorial, check out how to use the main features of Google Maps on your phone. The procedure was performed on a Moto E4 with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but the tips also apply to users of Apple devices.
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Step 1. On the Google Maps home screen, to explore the area around you, slide the "Know the area" card upwards. There, you can find restaurants, cafes, bars and other establishments, in addition to photos recently sent by the community;
Explore the map area through Google Maps Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 2. Use the layers button, just below the search bar, to change the type of map display. It is possible to activate the satellite or relief mode and enable the display of public transport, traffic and bicycles;
Change how you view the map on Google Maps Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 3. Tap on the "Go" button, in the lower right corner of the screen, to start a GPS navigation, the function is in the upper right corner for the iOS version, next to the search field. After choosing the destination, select the type of transport. In addition to a car, public transport, walking and cycling are available;
Use the Google Maps GPS navigation Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 4. On the map, Google Maps will plot the available routes. Touch the route you want to follow. In "Steps and more" see the details of the selected path. Go to "Start" to start GPS navigation;
Access details of GPS navigation on Google Maps Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 5. The platform search can be used to find a specific location and navigate to it. Just click on the search field at the top of the screen and type where you want to go;
Use the search to find addresses and establishments in Google Maps Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 6. The results will be marked with red dots on the map and displayed in a list by swiping the screen upwards. Press the location you want to go to, then go to "Routes" to see the available routes and start GPS navigation;
Search results are displayed on the Google Maps map Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 7. Another way to find locations from the marks on the map. Click on an establishment and then on its name to see details. On the information page, you can find out the phone, website and operating hours, as well as reviews and photos;
View information about a place on Google Maps Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 8. To access Street View, keep your finger pressed on the desired street to view images. After adding a marker, tap on the thumbnail located in the lower left corner of the screen, just above the address;
Access Street View natively on Google Maps Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 9. Back to the Google Maps home screen, click on the button located in the upper left corner of the screen to access the application menu. There, you will find resources such as saved places, places visited on your timeline, location evaluations (contributions), location sharing and a driver mode that facilitates the use of the cell phone when driving.
Google Maps menu functionality Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Ready. Take the step by step to use the main features of Google Maps. You can find other tips, with more specific resources, in this TechTudo guide.
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