Name someone who has never used Google Maps before.
Bet you don’t have an answer to that, do you? Whether we’re in Malaysia or some unfamiliar part of the world, Google Maps has always shown us the way.
Given how integral it is in our lives, here are four lesser known features of the indispensible app to make it even harder to live without.
Want to tell your friend about the really cool bar you were at last week, but in your alcohol-induced haze, forgot its name? Don’t worry, Google Maps will act as a better version of your memory.
Do this: Tap on Your timeline, and you’ll see all the places you’ve been to. Tap on the date and you’ll be able to access all the locations you’ve hit up, including how much time you spent there and even how you got there.
Unfortunately, this only works on Android for now.
Locate chain stores
When you’re travelling and you’re unfamiliar with your new destination, you’ll need this. Especially if you’re keen on shopping the brands that might be cheaper in the country you’re visiting. Aside from asking your hotel’s concierge, you can practise a little Google Maps-assisted independence.
Do this: Just type in the name of the store you’re looking for to bring up the stores closest to you. For example, if you’re in Japan, you’ll want to hit up a Uniqlo because everything is cheaper. Same goes for Zara and Mango if you’re in Spain. Unfortunately, this only works for chain stores. Lucky for you, staples like Starbucks and McDs are available in this equation as well.
Travel back in time
Google Maps has been around for a long time, so it makes sense that they have Street View images dating back to a few years ago. To see how places have evolved over time, the desktop version of Google Maps has a neat trick tucked up its sleeves.
Do this: Go to Street View of any location. You’ll see a tab with the date reflected in the upper left corner. Click on that to bring up a slider where you’ll be able to select different dates and view how that place looked at that certain point in history.