Google has posted some handy tips on getting the most out of the Google Maps app for the iPhone. For instance, did you know that you could zoom in and out of maps with just one finger? (double-tap an area, hold second tap and move your finger up/down). Or how you can enable compass mode (to orient yourself) by tapping on the My Location button (bottom left) twice? If you’re still fairly new to the fantastic Gmaps – you have downloaded it already, right? – check out the list of useful tips below.
Place Pin on the Map
To drop a pin, simply press and hold any location on the map. Tap the resulting info sheet for additional options such as saving the location or accessing Street View (if available).
To see panoramic Street View images, press and hold any location on the map, tap the info sheet, and then tap the image. Explore as if you’re there by tapping the look-around icon (on the bottom left) and moving or tilting your phone.
Shake to Send Feedback
Help us improve the map and our application. If you find something that needs to be updated (like a closed road or a business that has moved) or if you have suggestions, just give your iPhone a shake and send us feedback.
Swipe to See More
Whether searching or getting directions, swipe the info sheet to the left or right to browse additional results. Find one you like? Tap it or swipe it up to see more details (e.g. a business’ hours or transit stops).
Satellite, traffic and public transit views are easy to access by tapping the three dots at the bottom right or by swiping from right to left with two fingers.
Preview steps in Navigation (Beta)
In Navigation (Beta) mode, preview the upcoming route by swiping the top bar to the left (tap Resume to return to the start). Tap the bottom bar to switch between your estimated travel time and the remaining miles.
1 Finger Zoom
To zoom in and out with one finger, double-tap a location, hold the second tap, and drag your finger up or down.
Work & Home
Get home or get to work quickly by saving these locations. Tap the My profile button (next to the search box) to save them across all your devices.
Reading the map is easier when it’s facing the same direction you are facing. Use compass mode to orient yourself by tapping on the My location button twice on the bottom left of your screen.
Head over to Google Maps’ tips page for more info and accompanying images.
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