Google Maps App Tricks for Android, iPhone, iPad
Google wants users to get the most out of their Google Maps mobile apps with these helpful tips for zooming, using offline maps and more.Google in July released new versions of their Google Maps apps for Android, iPhone and iPad users, and now the search giant wants to ensure that users are getting all the best built-in features from the updated apps. To help with the transition, Stephanie Zhan, a Google Maps summer intern, put together a list of six of the best tips in an Aug. 5 post on the Google Lat Long Blog. "We hope you've had a chance to explore the new Google Maps app for Android, iPhone and iPad," wrote Zhan. "Within the new simple interface, we've added lots of new features and functionalities, so I wanted to share some tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your new Google Maps app." Among Zhan's tips is an alternate way to zoom in on map images, beyond just pinching the screen with your fingers to zoom in. The updated apps also allow users to double-tap on a map, hold a finger to the screen, and then scroll up and down to zoom in and out, she wrote.
Using offline maps is also a bit different than in the past with the apps, wrote Zhan. "To access a map offline, open the map of where you're headed. Then, tap the search box and scroll up past the search suggestions. Select 'Make this map area available offline.'" So far, this capability is only for Android users, but it is coming soon for iPhone and iPad users.