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Google Maps tricks that will completely change how you use the app

Published Aug 26th, 2015 4:24PM EDT
Google Maps Tips And Tricks Share Location

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If you just use Google Maps to get turn-by-turn directions on your phone, you aren’t using it to its full potential. Business Insider recently put together a video of nine essential Google Maps tricks and we found that three of them in particular were extremely useful for any Google Maps novices who want to get more out of the service. Check them out below!

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  • Share your location with your friends. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like giving out full directions to your location, you can simply hold down on your location pin, then swipe up from the bottom of the device. You’ll then see an icon for “Share,” which you’ll click and see several different options for sharing your location, including through email, text messaging, your favorite messaging apps and more.
  • Instantly find gas stations, ATMs, pharmacies and grocery stores near you. This is a great feature for anyone who’s in an unfamiliar area. Just click on the search bar at the top of your map and you’ll see a list of nearby suggestions for several commonly searched business types that will help you track down the essentials for wherever you’re staying.
  • Use the bike paths option to take the scenic route to your destination. If you’re the type of person who likes to bike places, Google Maps then you should be sure to click the bicyclist icon at the top of Google Maps when you’re searching for directions. The option will give you the safest way to bike to where you want to go by giving you information on bike paths where they’re available.

To see even more awesome Google Maps tricks, check out Business Insider’s full video at this link.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.