You use Google Maps on your Android or iPhone to check commute times on your way to work and find new restaurants to try out on the weekends but if you’re only using the Maps app for the basics, you’re missing out. There are several neglected features of Google Maps that you may not know.
For example, when traveling to other countries, you can use Google Maps to translate the name of the place you are trying to visit (like a restaurant ) – which is very helpful in getting there after using a cab. Also, you can use maps indoors when you’re at the airport.
Note that you may not have all these features yet, as some are new or limited to iPhone users. Here’s how to use these five Google Maps techniques.
Translate place names and addresses
If you are planning an international trip and do not get decorated in the language of the country, you are still lucky. Google Maps has a new feature that lets you hear the names of restaurants and other places that are interested in traveling in the local language of that area.
To use the Language tool, find where you want to go and tap it. Next to the name of the place, you will see a speaker icon. Tap the speaker to hear the pronunciation so you can learn how to say the word. Now you can visit any country like a pro.
Customize your vehicle icon (iPhone only)
Tired of looking at the little blue arrow while driving? No problem – you can change the arrow icon to the car icon to make it more personalized. Choose between a red sedan, a green truck or a yellow SUV.
This makes it easier to see where you are on the map than to search for the blue arrow that matches the map. Unfortunately, it’s only available for iPhone drivers right now, but we’re assuming that Android phones will get this feature in the future.
If you’d rather stay at home in your PJs than go out for lunch, then Google Maps has you covered. The Maps app uses services like DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery.com, Slice and Chouinau to deliver your food orders to you.
When you’re in Maps, search for a participating restaurant and tap Order Online. Next, choose Delivery and pick a service to deliver your food. Now you can add what you’d like to eat to your cart. When you’re finished, select Checkout, enter your payment details and then tap Place Your Order.
Measure the distance between areas
If you want to know the distance between two places, you can find this Google Maps tool very easily. This is called measuring distance and you can use it on your desktop and phone. It gives you total distance in feet and kilometers.
If using Google Maps in your browser on your PC or Mac, right-click the starting point in Google Maps. Next, select Measure distance and continue on the measuring path until you’ve selected the entire area you’d like to see the distance of. If using your phone, press and hold on the starting point until you see a dropped pin. Tap the menu at the bottom of the screen and select Distance. You will see a line of blue dots – you need to drag your finger across the screen to move it in the direction you want to measure. When you reach the place you want to stop, tap Add Points. A new set of blue lines will appear and you can repeat the steps until you measure the entire area.
Use Maps indoors
Finding your way around the big airport can be difficult, especially if you are not a frequent flyer. Fortunately, you can use Google Maps to help point you to unfamiliar terminals. And the map shows you nearby gates, restaurants, shops, lounges, and other interesting places in that area.
To get started, look for the terminal you’re looking for in Google Maps. You can zoom in or out to see different floors and switch to them by tapping on the floor. This feature is also available for partner malls and other large venues.