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Google Maps – Hotel Reservation

Google Maps gives travelers the ability to search and book hotels. To do this type "hotels" followed by the desired city. The app will display a list of various available hotel options, with information on prices, amenities, contact, photos and etc.

It is possible to filter the query by entry and departure dates, price range and rating of establishments. Then simply tap the name of the hotel and choose a specialized service, such as Booking, Takeoff, Trivago, among others.

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Hotel Reservation / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Google Maps – Get to the nearest bus stop

When we are in an unfamiliar place and need to take a bus, the question arises: where is the nearest bus stop? Of course, you can always ask someone, but if the information comes with the lines that pass at that point and the routes, even better, no?

D to do just that with Google Maps, and quite simply. Once you open Google Maps with your location turned on, start looking for small blue bus icons on the map: just the bus stops.

When you find one, touch it. This way, a pin will be inserted in place, bringing all the information, including which bus lines pass there. Then click Routes, and then click Start. This makes it easy to find the nearest point to you.

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Find the nearest bus stop and find out which lines pass l / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Google Maps – Know when to get off public transit

Google Maps now has real-time transit directions for public transit, a feature that was being tested by the tool. It is very simple to use this function. Just search for a bus, train or metro route. Once you have selected the desired route, click Start in the lower right corner of the screen.

Thus, the instructions will be given step by step, indicating all you have to do next: walk to a certain station, take the transport and, most importantly, be informed about the time to get off public transport.

Using this feature makes it much harder to get lost in the air, and better than that, you will no longer stop in random places because you did not know the right time to get off the bus, subway, or train.

Google Maps – Multiple stops on one route

You will give a ride to several colleagues. tiring to be entering a new destination all the time, right? In Google Maps, you can also enter multiple addresses on one route only. To do this, you must enter the first destination and, on the three-dot button in the upper corner, choose the Add Stop option. You can place up to 9 different addresses on the route and you can also edit the stop if you need to.

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Add stops on your route / AndroidPIT (screenshot)
<p>Each time you reach a destination, the application will ask if you want to start navigating to the next address or if you want to leave the route. If you tap the continue option, it will automatically calculate the best route.</p>
<h2>Google Maps – Remember where you parked</h2>
<p>If you always have a hard time finding your car because you don't remember where you parked it, you can once again use Google Maps to solve your problem. Yes, you can now save your car location to know where you parked. To do this, you must tap the blue dot that indicates where you are. In the tab that opens, choose the Set as parking place option.</p><div class='code-block code-block-6' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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If you have not yet arrived at the venue and are planning to stop the car on the street, you can also see from the app whether the location you are going to is generally good or bad for public places. When you enter the destination in the app at the bottom, you will see an indication of difficulty parking. Google Maps still indicates the difficulty level per hour.

Recently released, the feature is available for a few cities, such as Rio de Janeiro and So Paulo.

Google Maps – See your location history

Just as Google saves the terms you search on the site, Google Maps also saves all the addresses you entered as long as you are signed in to your Gmail account. These addresses can be arranged on a timeline where you can find the destinations and routes you have made in the past.

Sounds a little scary, I know, but great when you remember neither the name nor the location of that sushi that was with your friends, but remember which day of the month it was. There are two ways to access your historical navigation on Google Maps:

How to consult your location history

The first one goes into Settings> Maps History, and there you have your most recent searches, you can even delete any of them by pressing the "X" on the left.

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Check your history / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

How to consult your timeline

Another way to query your history by clicking "Your Timeline" in the main menu. This can be daunting, because in it you can not only see where you were and where you were on a particular day, but also edit your itinerary if you wish. Try navigating through the calendar and finding routes you've taken in a day, including photos you've taken in those places.

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Your timeline / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

To clear this history, you should go to your Timeline Settings, in the three-point menu on the left, click on Personal Content and then change the timeline settings, disable the feature, delete your history or a specific period in it. .

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Your scary timeline / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Explore nearby places

Google Maps has a very interesting function that searches nearby places based on the user's location. To access it, go to the side menu and select "Explore" and wait for the information to load. Restaurants and their price ranges will be displayed. Also shown are gas stations, bars and other available establishments.

Google Maps – Offline Maps

Now we can store pre-defined routes on our devices, which can be accessed without the need for an internet connection. You can not only get step-by-step routes, but you can also search for specific destinations and find useful information about locations, such as opening hours, contact information, and evaluation of other users.

Very convenient for travel in more remote places or to avoid roaming data charges, isn't it? Here's how this feature works and learn how to update, rename, and remove an offline route from your device.

How to use Google Maps offline

To access the offline function of Google Maps, go to Your Places in the side menu, scroll down to the next page, and there will be the Offline option. You can download an area by searching, for example, for a city, state, or country, and then tap "Download" on the location page. You can also access "Offline Areas" from the Google Maps menu and tap the "+" button.

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Google Maps Update offers use of the app without internet connection / Google

After downloading, Google Maps will automatically go offline when it recognizes that you are in a location with unstable service or without any internet support. Once you find a connection, you will return to online mode to easily access the full version of the service, including traffic conditions for your current route. By default, areas on your device will only be downloaded over Wi-Fi connections to avoid consuming high data rates.

Update your maps offline

The maps you downloaded to your device should be updated at least once a month to make possible changes to the cataloged area. If your offline map expires in less than 15 days, for example, Google Maps will try to upgrade as soon as you connect to a Wi-Fi network or charger.

To update the areas manually follow the steps below:

With notification:

  • Open the notification and click update;
  • Click on the expired map from the list;
  • The map updates automatically.

Without notification:

  • Open the Google Maps app
  • Click on the left menu and then on Offline areas;
  • Select the map you want to update;
  • Click update.

How to rename offline maps

  • Open the Google Maps app
  • Click on the left menu and then on Offline areas;
  • Select a map;
  • Click on the pencil icon at the top right of the screen;
  • Change the name;
  • Save.
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In the third screen you can delete, update or rename your map / AndroidPIT

Delete offline maps stored on your device

To delete downloaded maps you don't want to keep on your device, just follow the steps below:

  • Open the Google Maps app
  • Click on the left menu and then on offline areas;
  • Select the map you want to delete from the list;
  • Click on delete;
  • Confirm what you want to delete the map.

Google Maps – Motion Control

The evolution of Google Maps brings us more and more touchscreen-adaptive motion control functions, some of which we already know, for example, the movement of the page (two fingers zooming in or out to adjust the zoom), but beyond that There are a number of touch-enabled functions that are still relatively unknown to many users.

Below is a list of useful touch commands that I have used several times:

One-finger zoom

Do you have a busy hand and want to zoom in to find that downtown store? Just then double-click on the screen, hold your finger after the second touch and move it up if you want to zoom in, or down if you want to zoom out.

Tilting the map with one hand

Want to tilt the map to see your route more easily? Just touch the screen with two fingers and move them down, choosing the best viewing angle to program your path. To get the map back to normal, just slide your fingers up again.

Move on map

Just simply slide your finger in the desired direction.

Rotate map

Put two fingers on the canvas and rotate them as if drawing a circle.

Google Maps – How to use Street View

Through Street View, Google provides users with a geolocation feature, where they can view their desired address through images previously captured by cars, bicycles, planes or backpacks.

In addition, you can move around the route and see waypoints through photos that allow 360-degree viewing. For extremely visual people, like me, using the app to find yourself in a big city is essential.

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Street view on Google Maps / AndroidPIT
<p>Google Street View can be accessed for free via your Android phone and is integrated with Google Maps. However, the use of the feature can be beaten if you do not have the custom of using it. To use the service in Maps is very simple: as you enter the address you want to find in the app search, the red Street View symbol will appear identifying the location on the map, as shown in the image below.</p>
<p>By clicking on the "pin", a menu type will appear on the screen, offering the possibility to use Street View showing the previously captured image to illustrate the tool. Remember, Street View does not show real-time photos of the place. Another option is to click on the address located at the bottom of the screen, next to the "Route" button, and you will have the same options. Fast, simple and easy!</p>
<h2>Google Maps – Share Your Directions</h2>
<p>Google Maps also lets you share complete routes across different channels. The process is simple, and while most users prefer to share their location using other native app methods like Hangouts or WhatsApp, Maps makes it easy to share all the instructions on the way to go.</p>
<p>If you want to avoid explaining all the details of the route, like "turn right at Joana's bakery and go up the street from Bar do Z", when telling a friend how to get to you, enjoy this feature of Google Maps and send the directions of the step by step to him.</p>
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To use this feature simply choose the origin and destination, then click the top right menu under the "Share directions" option, or scroll the map up and see the options below, where you will find the options "Save", "Label" and also the "Share" option, which opens a new page with all the apps you can use to complete the action. Once you've chosen the service, such as Gmail, Maps will compile you with step-by-step data on how to get to the desired location.

Of course, it's even easier to just share your location with a single user, but if you know someone who is more lost than usual or want to make sure that your friend is going the right way, share the full route with the step- Google Maps Walkthrough is a great one.

Google Maps – Create shortcuts on your home screen

Google Maps also lets you create widgets of navigation shortcuts directly on your smartphone's home screen.

How to access the widget

The "Routes" widget is available in Portugus (Brazil), to access it just open the drawer. widgets from your launcher, search for "Routes" and drag it home screen. Then follow the instructions below:

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Maps Widget / AndroidPIT
<p>The super shortcut setup, you just need to choose the final destination and name the shortcut. You can also start step-by-step navigation immediately and avoid ferries, highways and tolls. </p>
<h3>Home screen navigation shortcuts</h3>
<p>Google Maps also lets you create navigation shortcuts for public transit, bicycling, car, and public transportation. The same operation, just enter the destination address and give a name to the shortcut; By bike and foot you can also ask to avoid the ferries.</p>
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Home screen navigation shortcut / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Google Maps – Save Battery Time to Use It

As you may have already noticed, Google Maps is a wonderful and extremely useful app that eats up your device's battery. In this section of the article I come to your rescue, showing you how to use this service of the gods, using less energy.

Some measures to reduce the power consumption of the Maps These are well known, such as disabling automatic updating of other apps when you need Maps badly (on vacation, for example), or using it offline, as mentioned above. Here I tell you two other lesser known but equally effective tips.

Limit location setting

Maps constantly specifies the user's location so you can do your job more accurately. Of course, it is also possible to completely disable location in Google settings. This saves battery power and should be done when GPS is not required. On the other hand, those who need the function can also limit background data collection.

Google does not specify your location for Maps only. Other Big G services also require the information, often without really needing it. You can therefore deny access to these other services by simply opening Maps. and going to: Settings (below left)> Configure Google Location> Google Location History. Then turn it off. This interrupts background processes and reduces battery consumption.

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Disabling background processes / AndroidPIT
<h3>Avoid lit screen</h3>
<p>A known issue with Maps is the always-on display that devours the battery. To avoid this consumption, activate the voice guided navigation function. With it you hear where to turn, and do not have to leave the screen on. To enable voice navigation go to: Settings> Navigation Settings> Adjust the volume, turn off the "Play Sound via Bluetooth" point and test with the "Play Test Sound" button to make sure everything is working. in accordance.</p>
<p>Unfortunately, much can not be done to save energy and have functional service, but the above tips, however, can make a difference when you are lost and almost out of battery.</p>
<p><strong>And you use Google Maps a lot? What's your favorite tip?</strong></p>
<p><em>The purpose of this article is to gather all the tips for using Google Maps in one place. Thus, updating and republishing this subject will become necessary over time. </em></p>
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