Google Maps, an app available for Android and iPhone (iOS), is one of the most popular when it comes to GPS navigation. The functionality of the service is diverse and goes far beyond classic route guidance, offering unusual features that can simplify the life of the user. For the past week, for example, the app has started showing information about bus, train and subway hotspots, as well as providing public transport departure times. The feature helps users schedule their travels and save time.
Another little known feature of Google Maps is that the app tells the user how to wait for commercial establishments such as bars and restaurants. In addition to consulting the route to the desired locations, it is possible to check the peak hours of each service and other relevant information, such as the opinion of other consumers regarding the service and the existence of parking space. O TechTudo has prepared a list of the ten most unusual Google Maps functions that will make your life easier.
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1. Bus, Train and Metro Status
Recently, Google Maps has enabled an in-app function that shows users an estimated bus, train, and metro rating. Along with this information, it is possible to consult the departure time of buses from their stopping points, delay estimates, changes in route and the visualization of traffic in real time.
The user can consult bus schedules and other public transport with Google Maps Photo: Reproduction / Maria Dias
To make the query, the user must enter a travel destination and select the route by public transport. The application indicates the step by step to reach the desired location and the possible buses, trains and subways that must be used together with the expected arrival of transport at the starting points recommended by the map. By clicking on the information showing the bus departure time, for example, the user can view possible transport delays as well as the next departure times. O TechTudo prepared a complete tutorial on how to use the new function.
2. Waiting time in bars and restaurants
With Google Maps, you can check the waiting time of shops Photo: Reproduction / Maria Dias
By looking for a bar or restaurant address on Google Maps, you can view a range of information about the property, along with the route. One of them is the waiting time to enjoy the services of the place. The function is especially useful for those who want to look for a nearby place to have lunch at work, as it is possible to save time just by viewing the information available in the application.
To access them, simply search for a property on Google Maps, as if searching for route information. Select the desired restaurant, click on its name and get access to relevant local information such as the service description, address, opening hours, photos and most requested dishes. In the Peak Hours section, the user will be able to check an updated graph in real time with the maximum waiting time to enter home and the average length of stay of the clients.
When consulting a cinema on Google Maps, the user can also buy tickets for the session Photo: (Reproduction / Maria Dias)
In addition to allowing you to view details about movie theaters, movie screenings and showtimes, Google Maps also makes it easy to purchase the online ticket for the desired movie. Functionality is available only for the latest versions of the application.
To enjoy this feature, the user must search for a movie in the app search bar. Click on the name of the establishment and go to Sesses. Choose the movie and select the desired time to open the window that confirms the selected information. Then click the Buy Tickets option to redirect you to the site where it should be finalized. This short tutorial was done on an Android phone, but the function is also available for iPhone (iOS).
4. Integration with Spotify
You can interact with music players without leaving the Google Maps screen. Photo: Playback / Maria Dias
The inconvenient situation of having to leave the Google Maps screen to interact with a mobile music app need no longer occur. It is now possible to integrate both services and ensure more security and convenience to the user. The function is available in the latest versions of the application and can be enabled in the settings.
Go to the left side menu, go to Navigation Settings and enable the display of media playback controls. Then choose the default media app the service is only available for the Spotify and Google Play Music platforms. After accepting the privacy terms, the user can now view the active music player icon on the right side of the map. By clicking on it, you can perform commands such as pause, skip or rewind a song, and even select other playlists to play.
5. Top Rated Locations
Search for properties on Google Maps and sort them by top ratings Photo: Reproduction / Maria Dias
Users can also use Google Maps to search for places with good reviews on the platform. The function serves as a recommendation of which restaurants, bars, parks and other places you should go to. With it, you can discover the best establishments in the region and consult the opinion of other consumers on site structure, service, possible problems and other characteristics of the environment.
To access this information, the user can search for a specific location or explore their area. For the second option, simply go to Google Maps and select Explore from the bottom menu of the home screen. Select the Restaurants option or the type of establishment you want and see a list of directions to visit. To rank your results in the top ratings category, select the More filters option from the top menu and choose the type of rating you want to see.
6. Parking Reminder
The user can create reminder on Google Maps, with information about where he parked the vehicle. Photo: Reproduction / Maria Dias
You can also use Google Maps to remind you where you parked your car. This function of the app allows you to mark the exact place you stopped the vehicle so you can find it later without a headache. To create this warning, I need to click on the blue dot that indicates your own location on the map. Then choose the Save parking place option. If you wish, you can still add notes and photos to the reminder, as well as share the location with someone else and inform the available stop time.
7. Share location
Google Maps feature that lets you share location with another user can be useful for group travel Photo: Playback / Maria Dias
Location sharing features are present in today's top applications, and the new feature is also a feature of Google Maps. The app allows its users to share real-time location with their contacts. You can choose how many hours it should be active for the other person, but you can also disable it manually. Google Maps location sharing can be done via link and sent to a contact through other apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, Facebook and Instagram.
8. SOS Alert for Natural Disasters
Google Maps can issue alerts for possible natural disasters Photo: Reproduction / Google
According to Google, SOS alerts are intended to inform users of any emergencies caused by nearby natural disasters. Google Maps, for example, shows updates from local, national or international authorities about potential disasters, as well as emergency phone numbers, escape routes or websites for reference. In the app, the user will be able to see the SOS alert directly on the map if there is any asset in the region in which it is located. If this happens, simply tap the icon to find out more information about the event.
The service does not guarantee that the alert will be issued to all users, as there are factors such as internet connection and affected area that weigh on your distribution. The goal is to make the service even broader over time.
Night mode can be activated at any time on Google Maps Photo: Playback / Maria Dias
Night mode is not only an unusual function, but also very useful for those who want to reduce eye discomfort with the mobile phone screen and for those who want to conserve the handset battery. Google Maps offers this feature that makes the graphical interface based on dark tones, so that using the app is more comfortable for the user to see.
The dark mode is already set automatically at night time. To enable it full time, go to the settings in the left side menu and select Navigation Settings. Then click on Color Scheme, go to Map View and select the Night item.
10. Personalized recommendation of establishments
Google Maps recommendations can be customized using the Photo app: Playback / Maria Dias
Google Maps can be used to indicate some options for properties in the region. To make this recommendation even more focused on the user's lifestyle and preferences, you can customize the service so that it only indicates what really interests you. Customization can be done for restaurants, cafes, bars and attractions.
To customize the display of establishments, go to the settings in the side menu and select the Know places option. Then choose your gastronomy related preferences. This information may take a while to be assimilated by the app, and in order to make the Google Maps recommendations even more objective, the app encourages users to also rate the establishments in which they have the least interest.