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Use Google Maps as navigator

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Published on Jun 11, 2018

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Google Maps has undoubtedly changed the way people move and travel from one point to another. Get all the maps on their Smartphone seems to be normal in this historical moment, but it was a utopia only a decade ago. In this article we will see how to use Google Maps as a navigator.

The first thing you need to of course download the Google Maps app from your store. If you have an Android phone you will have the Google Maps app already pre-installed in your Smartphone, if you are iOS users you'll have to go to the App Store and type Google Maps in the search, once this is done you will need to click on Install/Get.

Once this is done you can start to use Google Maps and its many features, continuously updated in time.

As soon as you open Google Maps (I recommend you to activate the GPS before you open the app) you will find yourself in front of your location with, in the navigation bar at the bottom, various information on the various points of interest.

In fact, dragging the bar upwards, you will open a menu where there will be the points of interest close to you, which can vary between restaurants, bars, hospitals, atms and pharmacies. Then you will have immediately available a menu where you can find the most important points of interest in the vicinity.

The map that will open in front of will probably be the default Google Maps, but it is not the only one available. You have various display modes of the map and also other elements, such as public transport, traffic or bicycle lanes. To change these settings you will need to click on the icon where there are depicted two planes one above the other, just below the microphone icon in the search bar. This is done you will open in front of a menu where you can select all the options seen above.

If you look in the top left you will see three horizontal lines next to the search bar, if you click on above will open a slide-in menu with various options. You will be able to see your places and add new ones, share your location, see the points of interest close to you thanks to Explore, download offline maps and enter in the settings in Maps.

From the Settings of Maps you can customize many things, such as addresses, home or work, the notifications or the unit of measurement. Entering in your browser Settings, you can then change the options related to navigation, such as the type and level of the item, and other settings related to the connection with your car.

At this point you will already be familiar with Google Maps, and it is time to go to see the prince of this application, namely the navigation turn-by-turn.

To start a new navigation, you have a variety of ways. The first is to type the destination into the search bar at the top, once you have selected the desired destination, Maps will move and you will see the view of this place. To start the navigation (which will start from your current position), simply click on the button Indications at the bottom right corner on a blue background.

After that you will open a screen where you'll select the means of transportation that you will use, finally, you have to click on the Start button located in the lower right on a blue background, this way you will start the navigation.

The one above is the longer procedure, a shortest way is to click on the Go button at the bottom right of the home screen on a blue background. In this way you will open directly the screen of choice of means of transport, but in this case you will have to enter the destination, not having sought in the above.

In this screen you will have the possibility to change the starting point, which by default is set as your current location. Once you have sought and included the destination, simply press on the Start button in the lower right hand corner on the blue background to the navigation.

There is also a third way to start the navigation, and that is to manually select a point on the map. It's so easy, just navigate on the map of Google Maps and press and hold on the point that we want to achieve for a few seconds. The application will automatically put a placemark, you have done this you will have to press on the button Indications on the bottom right and there you will get the screen of preparation for the navigation, where you can customize the starting point and choose the means of transport. Then just click on Start to start the navigation up to that point.

The beauty of Google Maps is that it always tell you if on our way there, we have problems, that is because of traffic or any other thing and, when possible, we will propose an alternate route that does not remain bottled.

More Google Maps provides us with information on the km that we will take and the time that we will use to get to the destination, counting, speed limits and even traffic. In fact, Maps will recalculate the travel time in case of heavy traffic, estimating the time of arrival also based on how much traffic there is on the road.

If in our journey we want to avoid to pay tolls, to take the highway or a ferry, we can tell Google Maps to calculate the route by excluding these variables. We can do it in the same screen where you select various options for navigation.

In this screen we need to click on the three dots in the top right corner and go to Options, so this will open a popup menu where we can select the elements that we want to avoid. Done this simply click Order and Maps will automatically recalculate the route according to the desired parameters.

To add waypoints to the route, that is, intermediate destinations between point of departure and of arrival, the procedure is similar to that seen above for avoid tolls and highways. In fact, you will always have to click on the three dots in the top right of the screen preparation to navigation, and then press on Add stage.

This is done there will appear a new text field below the destination point chosen previously where you can enter a new stage of the journey. You can put more stages, when you are finished, simply click Finish.

Once you set a destination and started the navigation to open the navigator screen, with the directions of the next turn you have to do down the journey time and miles.

To turn off the voice prompts you have to press on the speaker symbol located on the right, under the magnifying glass. When you click on it you will see three options:

Through the magnifying glass, instead, you can search for on the path to various things, you'll also have the ability to search for service stations and other points of interest along the way.

Sometimes we need to use the navigation without internet connection, maybe because in a place where we go on holiday we do not have the availability of the data network. Never fear, Google Maps lets you download offline maps, something that could be done only thanks to the Here Maps of Nokia.

Download an area is simple, just enter in the menu to scroll left and go to the offline Maps. You have done this you will need to click on Select your map and open up the map of Maps according to your location. The portion of the map that you see within the blue rectangle will be the one that you are going to then to download, at the bottom of the application it also tells you how much memory will occupy that portion of the map. To download it just click Download.

Once you have downloaded the map you can edit, delete, or update. You can also set the automatic update of the maps from the settings of the offline maps, which you can reach by clicking on the gear in the top right of the screen of the offline maps.

Then, as we have seen, Google Maps is definitely the best application for maps and navigation present in this moment on the square, also because they have continuously added new features and updated the roads, thanks to the constant work of Google.

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