See how to track bus schedules in real time in a Notification Center widget

Not everyone knows, but it is possible to include a widget on the iPhone in the Notification Center, which shows the next bus schedule that will pass near you, in real time.

Here’s how to do it.

The functionality is part of the application Google Maps, and is available in cities where public transport is covered. Follow the steps:

Step 1: Install the Google Maps application on your iPhone. It is free.

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Step 2: Open the Notification Center by touching the top of the screen and pulling down and then immediately drag the screen to the right until you see the widgets.

You can also access the same screen by dragging the Home screen to the right.

Step 3: Slide to the bottom of the widgets screen, until you find the “Edit” button. Touch it.

Step 4: Look for the option “Google Transit departures“. If you have a green button on the side, touch it. If the button is red, it is already installed.

Step 5: Touch OK in the upper right corner of the screen.

There, from now on the widget will show some nearby bus stops and the times that the different lines will pass through it. Since everything is determined by your location, you can enjoy the resource wherever you are, even when you are away from home.

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