Whether car, bike or walk to the nearest restaurant. We all use it and almost don’t get along with it anymore, Google Maps. But what can the popular map service from Google actually everything? We look at every little feature of Google Maps on PC and smartphone in this video.
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The step by step tutorial!
Step 1: Set up
To use Google Maps you need a free account at Google. You can create this with the link in the video description or log in with an existing Google account. To use Google Maps on your smartphone or tablet you need to download the free app from your AppStore. There is a link in the video description. The first time you start the app you will also need to create a free account with Google or sign in with an existing account. And you can start right away.
Step 2: Interface
The interface on the PC is very clearly arranged. On the top right we have our Google account and next to it our notification area and overview of Google applications. On the top left we have the possibility to search for a place, address, coordinates or name. If you click into the search field you can see your last searches. To the right of the search field you can open the route planner which we will come to later on. To the left of the search box we can open the advanced menu. Here we have in the first area the possibility to select different map views. We can select a satellite map instead of the standard map, where we can also specify whether the labels should be displayed and whether it is 2D or 3D. Besides the satellite map we can also open a traffic map where the traffic flow is displayed. We also have the possibility to call up the public transport network and open a network for bicycle paths/roads. In the standard map we still have the possibility to turn on terrain views. In the second section we can manage notifications about new locations as well as share, embed or print the current map area. We will come back to each of the other options in the course of the video. In the lowest area we can get an introduction, set the language and search for help, tips and tricks, add missing places and give feedback. Finally, we can view search settings and our history. Here the complete Google activity history is meant. When we close the menu again, we have the possibility to switch between standard and satellite map in the bottom left corner. At the bottom right we have the possibility to place the Google Street-View manikin as well as to display pictures of places, as well as to locate our current position and to zoom in and out of the map, but this also works with the mouse wheel. On the map itself you can click on a certain place and get all the available information from pictures, description to opening hours and ratings. You can also just randomly select a point on the map and have the option to find out the address and coordinates there and plan a route to it.
Now let’s see how Google Maps looks on your android smartphone or tablet. Here you have a search bar at the top where you can search for places and things, as well as do the whole thing via voice recognition. Below you have the map where you can switch between the individual maps in the right margin. Below you have a compass where you can always point your map to the north if it is not. At the bottom left you have the possibility to find your current location and to calculate a route. At the very bottom you can open new windows where restaurants and much more are suggested for your current location. You can also look at pictures and search for specific things here. In the second section you can save specific auto-routes and simply select them. But now let’s have a look at the extended menu which we can slide open on the left side or above the burger menu. Here we can manage our Google account as well as My Places, Timeline, My Posts, Location Sharing and Route Mode which we’ll get to later. Below you have the option to use Maps only over WLAN, here is dazusagen the Google Maps with active mobile data always little used to send information. Under the only WLAN function you can also make individual map sections available offline, if you have no Internet times. At the bottom you have the possibility to go to Google Earth and search for tips, tricks and help as well as access settings and give feedback as well as add missing places. In the card itself you can navigate by simply swiping and with two fingers you can also rotate the card.