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Google Maps Personalization Features
Google Maps, Google’s navigation service and mapping website, has evolved over the years to offer a number of features that personalize your experience. From being able to save home addresses for easy access to seeing what restaurants are in your area before you get there, Google Maps is becoming more detailed and personalized with each update. To keep up with what is possible we have prepared a list of most useful personalization features for you!
Your favorite places and events
Google Maps can help you keep track of your favorite restaurants and bars if you’re always having difficulties remembering them. Just tap the “Saved” tab near the bottom of the screen, pick “Favorites places,” then press the “add” button to save your favorite brunch restaurant or neighborhood bar.
Google Maps will still show your saved locations when you’re offline or in airplane mode. The opening hours, phone number, precise address, and overall review rating are all included as offline information.
Saving your favorite places will also help Google determine your overall interests, and uses this information to serve more relevant advertisement to their users.
If you want to avoid the personalized results to discover other opportunities you can turn on incognito mode. This way you will not see the personalized results!
Finding places like your saved places
Occasionally, a journey does not have to go from one place to another. Picking up a friend, petrol, or a quick lunch may be required along the way. You can quickly add a stop like this to your driving route in Google Maps.
Tap the area near the bottom of the screen where the estimated time of arrival is displayed when you’ve begun your journey. Then, to search for a specific stop, choose “search along route.” Type in anything from a particular address or a general point of interest, such as “restaurants” or “gas stations,”.
Google will then show you a list of destinations that match your query and are related with your saved places. When you’ve found the one you’d want to add as a stop, simply tap it on the map; Google will then add it to your itinerary.
Find out what the parking situation will be like at your destination.
Look for the “P” symbol with a circle around it near the anticipated time to arrive if you’re looking for driving directions. If parking is often restricted around this area, Google will let you know!
Forgot where you parked your car? Google can help with that as well.
It can be tough to find your car in a parking lot, especially you’re in an unfamiliar location and have to search for your car among a sea of vehicles. Google Maps can assist you with this, as long as you have the app installed. Simply open the program and tap the little blue dot that marks your position. A menu should appear at of the screen with an option to set that area as a parking location.
Make it easier to determine whether a place is wheelchair accessible.
For years, Google Maps has provided information about wheelchair accessibility, but Google is putting even more attention to it now.
Google Maps includes a preference that allows you to prioritize seeing information about if a business has wheelchair accessible entrances, parking, seating, and restrooms when viewing its profile.
This is the reason why Google my Business attributes is so important, setting the right attributes such as wheelchair accessibility will let you be found easier by the people who are looking for this!
Google can let you know if your favorite restaurant might be to crowded right now.
When you’re looking for a restaurant, bar, or attraction on Maps, tap near the bottom of the screen to display a full-screen card with information about the place. Then scroll down to the “popular times” section to see a graph that shows how busy that place is likely to be or how long you’ll have to wait during certain hours.
Food order delivery information
If you’re looking for a place to eat in Google Maps, you don’t need to use a different app like DoorDash to order food. When performing a search for local restaurants on Google Maps, just click the “Order Online” button that appears next to the business’s listing. However, it is not available for ever restaurant.
Drop a pin to easily show friends where you are.
When you are in a very crowded space such a festival it might be very hard to explain your exact location. Google Maps can help with that!
To drop a pin at your chosen location, simply press and hold your finger on the screen. Then you may label it and share it with a friend or family member by pushing the buttons toward the bottom of the display.
Results based on time of day and preferences
Google is rolling out updates to show you certain location based on the time of day and your preferences. For example if you visit coffee shops often, Google will prioritize coffee shops if it is in the morning!
Google Maps is becoming more detailed and personalized thanks to Google’s latest updates. These features will help you find parking, determine accessibility, see popular times for restaurants or attractions, order food delivery without using another app like DoorDash (provided the restaurant offers this option) and drop pins on your location when in crowded spaces where it might be difficult to explain your exact location. Google also gives preference based on time of day and if certain locations are relevant to what you’ve searched for before!
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