Google Maps is the go-to app for most of us when we’re looking for directions, and the app can also be useful for things such as calling a cab. That’s not the only thing you can do with the app though – for example, you could type in “restaurants” to see a view of all the restaurants in the area of the map you’re looking at. That’s a pretty basic tip though, but Google Maps has another feature that can be a lot more useful – finding things that are on your route. The feature has been around for a long time, but we came across a lot of people who didn’t know about it or how to use it. If that includes you, here’s a quick and easy guide to getting it to work.
- Step one is to launch Google Maps app, or point your browser to http://maps.google.com
- Search for your destination.
- Tap or click on the directions button to generate the route.
- On your phone, tap the three-dots menu button and then tap on Add stop. On a computer, click on the plus (+) sign on the left, under the locations.
- Tap or click and drag the added stop up to the middle of the route.
- Now, search for whatever you need to add. For example, type in “petrol pump” and then search if you need to top up your car.
- You’ll be shown suggestions of different places that match your search, and you can add any of these to your route. The listing even shows if a stop is a quick detour or not.
- Click on the additional destination on the PC. On your mobile, tap on it to see a description, and tap the white Location icon to add that to the route.
That’s it, you’re done. You’ll be given an alternative route which includes a small detour to find nearby places that can be used to spot a restaurant on your way home, look for an ATM while you’re on your way to the mall, or find a florist on your way to a friend’s house.
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