We are very familiar with the roads, places, streets, and other important locations in our native city. But, what about the city or place that you have never visited ago? At that time, your eyesight will be at the Google Maps Android App to get to know the roads to reach there.

Google Maps is one of the best mapping apps that provides you the best and real results for what you are searching. Google Maps is a Google-owned Mapping service that uses Google Maps to provide you the info related to your search.

Alongside, it includes many features that help you to improve your traveling with real-time results of locations. So, here you will find everything that you need to know about Google Maps Android App.

Google Maps Android App

Google Maps is the mapping app that lets you navigate the roads from your GPS-enabled device to reach your final destination. Also, it offers many more that can be very useful to you even you are new in any city.

In this guide, we will let you know everything about Google Maps. So, let us start with its availability for Android devices and features. Later, you come across some steps for utilizing the Google Maps effectively.

Availability

As this is a Google-owned app, it is always available for both the major OS of the smartphones, Android and iOS. It was first released in 2009. You can also use Google Maps on Web Platform. It is also compatible with the Android Wear devices.

Talking about the Google Maps Android App, you can easily find it on the Google Play Store. To do so, there is no need to pay anything on the Store. Also, it offers high compatibility with all of your android devices. The iOS user can get this app from the Apple Store.

Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Features

The main feature of the Google Maps is that you can find and get the proper route for the places which are unknown to you. Also of that, it offers turn-by-turn navigation, street view, and public transit information. This app includes more than 220 mapped countries and regions. You can also get numerous businesses, places, and more locations.

It lets you share your live location or current location to others using all the major sharing platforms. You can also search out the best places for where to go, where to eat, where to drink, where to buy, and more. It also offers results for your nearby Restaurants, Services, Parks, Gyms, Clothing, Shopping Centers, ATMs, Petrol, and many more.

For your every search, the app shows you estimate times to reach to the desired place. For that, it offers time for Car, Bike, Bus, Walk, and Cab. To appoint the cab, the app offers two major Apps, Ola, and Uber. You can go to the App directly from the maps. It also shows you the price for each cab. The Google Maps also provides the street view for ease.

Also, you can use the Google Maps even when you are offline. For that, the app offers Offline Maps Accessibility. For that, you need to download the specific area. You will also get inside maps for the large place like malls, airport, and more. Asides it, you can see the indoor images of the restaurants, bars, shops, and more places.

If you are looking for how to use offline map, you can check out below video.

The Google Maps also lets you become a Local Guide by providing your contributions about the place you have visited. In the contribution, you need to add the review, description, images, videos, and more info for the given place. While driving, the app offers Voice feature that alerts you.


Searching Location from the Existing Location

To use Google Maps on your Android device, you need to have this app on your device. As we have mentioned in the Availability section, you can easily download from the Google Play Store at no cost. Then, launch it to use the features.

Keep in mind, the black dot inside the white circle will help you to get back at your place. While searching for other places, we might lose our place. At that time, that white circle with a black dot will help you.

Here, we will let you know the way of searching the place on Google Maps.

  • Launch the Google Maps on mobile.
  • At the top, you can see search here text inside the search bar.
  • In the search bar, enter the place where you want to go.
  • Within seconds, your search results will be ready in the map. At the bottom, you can have options like DirectionsCall, and Share.

  • To get the directionstap on the relevant option.
  • Then, you will get the estimate reach timing with different vehicles alongside the distance from the starting point.
  • To go with the displayed direction, tap on the Start button.
  • The pointer will move forward as you will.

At the right side screen, there are three useful options like search, volume, and compass. The Search option will let you find something along the route. The voice assistant will help you by speaking at every point.

If it annoys you, Volume option will help you to mute it. Also, it provides more parts as muted, alerts only, and unmuted.


Searching Location from the Non-Existing Location

With Google Maps, no matter where you are, you can search for any place without actually going there. For that, you need to choose the starting point and destination.

Below, you can find the steps for searching the location from the non-existing location.

  • Open the Google Maps.
  • On the main screen, you can see two circles at the right bottom.
  • One circle is white with containing a black dot inside. It will always show Where You Are.

  • The other one is colored with the Blue color having direction sign and Go text inside.
  • Here, tap on the blue circle and it asks you to choose a starting point and the destination.
  • You can quickly get the results including estimate time and the distance between two places.

As you have searched from your non-existing location, the search will not display any pointer. But, you can have a preview of the routes that the maps have shown you.

It offers steps for reaching the destination. You can download the offline map for the entered locations.


Share Current Location

Google maps also allow you to share your Current Location. Also of that, there is one more app which lets you share the live location and it is WhatsApp. But, the WhatsApp also uses the Google Maps to share your live location.

To share your current real-time location with others using the Google Maps, follow the below steps.

  • Open the Google Maps.
  • Go to the Menu option spotted at the top left.
  • Here, tap on the Location Sharing option to start sharing your location.

  • Next, you will have to choose the time for how much of the time you want to share it.
  • Also, you can share the location with the contacts particularly. There is also all the social media sharing option to share the locations.

Contribute to Become Local Guide

With the Google Maps, Google let you be the local guide for your native city. For that, you need to contribute by giving the start, review, images, video, description for the particular place. Generally, it helps other people to get familiar with those places when they come to your city.

For each contribution, you will earn points. By collecting the points, you will be able to pass the levels. So, look at the below table which shows you that how many points you earn by completing one activity.

Maps Contribution  Points Earned
Review 10 points per review
Review with more than 200 characters 10 bonus points per review
Rating 1 point per rating
Photo 5 points per photo
Video 7 points per video
Answer 1 point per answer
Respond to Q&As 3 points per response
Edit 5 points per edit
Place added 15 points per place added
Fact checked 1 point per fact-checked

Now, this table shows you your level of Local Guide based on the points that you have collected.

Level  Points Badge 
Level 1 0 Points
Level 2 15 Points
Level 3 75 Points
Level 4 250 Points 4 Star Badge
Level 5 500 Points 5 Star Badge
Level 6 1,500 Points 6 Star Badge
Level 7 5,000 Points 7 Star Badge
Level 8 15,000 Points 8 Star Badge
Level 9 50,000 Points 9 Star Badge
Level 10 100,000 Points 10 Star Badge

So, now take a look at how to contribute.

  • Open the Google Maps.
  • Go to the Menu option spotted at the top left.
  • Here, tap on the Your Contribution option.
  • You can check your points and level here.

  • Also, there are different sections called Contribute, Reviews, Photos, Edits, and Q&A.
  • Under the Contribute, you will get the name of the place that you have visited in recent time. The places are with 5 stars, and you will have to give stars to that place.
  • Also, you have to write a review for the same place to collect the more points.

Likewise, you can also add videos and photos too.


Download Offline Maps

Till now, we know that to have the result of the location, Google Maps need an active internet connection. But, now even without the connecting to the internet, Google Maps will find the desired location for you. To use Offline Maps, you need to download it first.

Here’s what you need to do to have offline access to Google Maps.

  • Open the Google Maps on your Device which has active internet connection through Data or Wi-Fi Network. (Here, we are about to download the Offline Maps that uses the data. That’s why you need an active internet connection.)
  • Then, tap on the Menu option which looks like three lines which are settled at the top left corner.

  • It offers a side screen containing various options.
  • Here, go to the Offline Maps.
  • It will ask you to Select Your Own Map.
  • You will get a frame that lets you cover the area that you want to download for Offline Maps. Here, if you want to cover more area, pinch and zoom out using the fingers. And for less area, vice versa.

  • It also shows how much space that offline map will use on your device. Based on the area you select, space may vary.
  • After choosing the area, tap on the Download button.
  • And, later it can be accessed through Maps >> Menu >> Offline Maps.

Here, you need to understand one more setting that improves your offline maps use.

For that,

  • Go to the Menu option.
  • Scroll down the screen till the end.
  • In the end, go to the Settings option.

  • In the Settings, again it offers several options to choose from.
  • Go to the Offline Maps.
  • Here, enable the Automatically Update Offline Maps and Automatically Download Offline Maps options.

Start Maps in Satellite View

The Google Maps also offers a satellite view to see the World with the actual location. The satellite view can also be used while you are finding your destination. Here, you can find how you can switch to the Satellite View.

  • Open the Google Maps.

  • Go to the Menu option spotted at the top left.
  • Here, tap on the Satellite option to start the satellite view.

With the satellite view, you can use all the features that you are using with the normal view. You can also enable the Satellite View by following the below steps.

  • Go to the Menu option spotted at the top left.
  • It offers a side screen containing some options.
  • Scroll down that screen till the end.

  • In the end, go to the Settings option.
  • Here, you can see Start Maps in Satellite View option with a slider.
  • Turn on the slider to enable the satellite view.

While turning on the satellite view, keep in mind that the satellite view will consume more data than the normal view.


Delete Maps History

Google Maps provides you the best short and possible route to reach the destination. Also of that, your every search will be stored under the history. Once you reach your destination, usually you do not need to search for the second time.

Then, the history or the records are not helpful for more. And, it is recommended to delete the history to clear the memory of the Maps.

  • Launch the Google Maps.
  • Go to the Menu option spotted at the top left.
  • It offers a side screen containing some options.
  • Scroll down that screen till the end.
  • In the end, go to the Settings option.

  • In the Settings, again it offers several options to choose from.
  • Here, go to the Maps History option.
  • Under which, you will get all the search that you have made through the Maps.
  • Besides each, you will see X sign to remove it from the History.
  • Tap on X sign and it prompts for the confirmation.
  • Again, tap on the Delete option.

To delete all the records, you need to follow the same process again and again.


Add Driving Shortcut

What to do when you have no time to explore the Maps? Usually, to search the place, you need to open the app. Then, enter the location where you want to go. And, you’ll get the results. It might take your little time.

But, instead of that Google Maps offers Driving Shortcut option. What you need to do is just add the Driving Shortcut to the menu with the desired destination.

  • Open the Google Maps.
  • Go to the Menu option spotted at the top left.
  • It offers a side screen with some options.
  • Go to the Settings option.

  • The Settings again offers several options to choose from.
  • Here, go to the Navigation Settings.
  • Come at the end and tap on the Add Driving Shortcut.
  • The Driving Shortcut will be added to the Home screen.

So, how’s your experience with the Google Maps? Is it really helpful? Share your thoughts with us.

Also, do comments in the comments section below if you have any questions about this topic.