5 handy Google Maps tips you should know

Ok, you probably already know about dark mode on Google Maps. But the other four?

Display Street View at the same time

Google Maps provides an option that is used to split the smartphone screen in half to show Street View at the same time. Street View is the solution offered by Google to benefit from virtual navigation. With this double view, it is thus easier to find your bearings, if ever the zenithal display, from the Map of Maps, is not sufficient to navigate.

Google Maps and Street View side by side.

Navigate Maps without Internet

Google Maps without Internet is possible. More exactly, this is possible if you have prior access to the Internet to download an area of ​​the map to your phone and have access to it offline. Obviously, the larger you ask for a card, the more space it takes up on the smartphone. But it is very clever for areas with very poor network coverage.

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Browsing without internet has been possible since 2015 in Maps. // Source: Google

Add augmented reality

There is an option called “Live View”, or “Display the route” in French, which enables virtual reality to be used with Google Maps. By using the camera of his smartphone to film the surroundings, the application can display the streets on the screen and add superimposed indications (such as arrows) to help you orientate yourself.

5 handy Google Maps tips you should know
Rotate until the arrows disappear. You are then in the right direction! // Source: The Wall Street Journal

Add missing roads

Google uses vehicles and hikers to navigate as many streets as possible, but it may be running low or not having updated an area for a long time. However, it is possible to report missing roads to Google on Maps, asking them to add them as soon as possible. On the other hand, it requires “working” for Google, doing this task for it.

5 handy Google Maps tips you should know
The tool makes it possible to draw a roughly suitable route of the road which is missing on Maps.

Activate dark mode on Google Maps

Of course, Google Maps is also entitled to its dark mode in the app. It’s not going to transform your use of the navigation service, but maybe this nighttime version of the tool will be more pleasing to the eye. You can decide to set the display according to preferences on Android or iOS, or choose this mode specifically for Maps.

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It’s Google Maps, but dark. There you go.

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Source: Numerama by www.numerama.com.

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