Using Google Maps

Some Tips When Using Google Maps

img9Now, let’s say you’re on your Amsterdam holiday, but there’s still a few things that you’re not very familiar with, such as the little corners that you need to visit for the surprise that you’re setting up. By using Google Maps, you are then allowing yourself to be better acquainted with the city streets on Amsterdam, especially when you are renting a bike in Amsterdam. Here are a few tips and tricks that can come in handy when you’re using Google Maps.




Google Maps has a few tricks up its sleeve.

First tip: learn the art (and science) of zooming in.

img10To save a couple of clicks for voice-guided navigation, after you’ve entered your destination or tapped a point on the map, press and hold the transportation icon on the bottom right of the screen, and Google Maps should start spouting off directions right away. This may not be useful if you want to see all the different routing options, but if you’re not picky, this move will save you time.






Second tip: save maps on your phone or tablet for the times when you go offline.

With the iOS and Android apps, you can download a map of an area to view even if you’re offline. Here’s how: While you’re still connected to the Internet, zoom in to the part of the map that you’d like to copy. Then, in the search box, type “OK Maps.” You should then get a message at the bottom of the screen saying, “The on-screen map has been cached.” (Note that if you’re saving a large map area, it may take a little while.)


Third tip: if you’re feeling like attending a party or something, use Google Maps for looking for events.

On the desktop version, enter the name of a venue or select the location on the map. Below all the information, such as address and reviews, you’ll find a tab for Upcoming Events. Tap on it and it will expand to give you a list of future events. If there’s something that interests you, you can select the specific event and Google Maps will take you to a page where you can purchase tickets.