Easier Pit Stops With Google Maps

Do you ever need to make stops along your route for things like gas , food, coffee or restaurants? Of course, you do! Now you can easily search for gas stations, grocery stores, coffee shops, etc in Google Maps  while still in navigation mode, and add them as a detour on the way to your final destination.

To access this new feature make sure you’ve got the latest update, then:

  1. Tap on a magnifying glass icon that appears at the top-right corner of the screen in navigation mode.
  2. From there, a drop-down menu will appear offering several options, including gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee shops. You can also “search for more places” if you’re looking for other businesses or addresses.

You can also do this with the voice command by tapping on the microphone button.

This may not seem like much, but if you’ve ever actually tried doing this you’ll appreciate how much nicer it is now. Plus, in the next “few weeks” Google says they’ll add the ability to check gas prices at the stations you find along your way.

#343 Offline Google Maps

Google Maps is one of my favorite and most useful apps. The latest update for iOS adds a nice new feature that let’s you save an offline version of a map. (This has been available in the Android version for awhile now.)

To save a map for offline use, zoom in to the area of the map that you want to save. (If you don’t zoom in far enough it won’t work.)  Once you’ve zoomed into an area you want to save for offline use, tap on the search field and type “ok maps.” Then tap the search button on the keyboard to start downloading your offline map.

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You’ll then see the Google Maps icon briefly appear onscreen and then at the bottom of the screen a black bar with white text will appear displaying a message that says, “The onscreen map has been cached.”

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After the map is cached, you can access it by simply navigating back to that portion of the map at any time. This is a great trick for people with WiFi-only iPads and iPod touches or anytime you do not have an internet connection.

(Note: This version requires iOS version 6)