We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

The 10 most underused features of Google Maps

Great features we bet you never use

We love Google Maps, but there are many features that never get used, yet are really useful. We've put together our favourite 10 overlooked features that will help you get the most out of Google's mapping software.

View geotagged photos within Street View

Google Street View is a great tool for having a look at a particular location, but it uses only photos taken from a vehicle on the road and is often limited in its scope.

To fill the gaps, Google Maps uses the photo sharing service Panoramio. Provided the photos are properly geotagged, Google Maps can automatically place them in their correct location and allow you to view photos other people have taken of that location. A small thumbnail in the top right corner automatically shows the best user photo depending on the angle you are looking at, but you can view any of the available photos to gain a better picture of the location.

Change your travel route

Google Maps has long had the ability to give you directions between point A and point B but this was often a static route that chooses the shortest distance. As any discerning driver will know, this becomes a problem when there is traffic or you know a better way.

You might not be able to access traffic information through Google Maps but you can change the route through dots placed along the route. Drag a dot to the desired place and the route will dynamically shift to suit the new path.

NEXT PAGE: My Maps and finding a restaurant using Google Maps

  1. These are great features, yet we bet you never use them
  2. Geotagged photos and changing your travel route
  3. My Maps and finding a restaurant using Google Maps
  4. Adding your business to Google Maps
  5. Send map information to your GPS navigation device

IDG UK Sites

OnePlus One release date, price, specs UK: No invite needed any longer

IDG UK Sites

15 analogue facts that today's kids won't understand: winding tapes, Ceefax and more

IDG UK Sites

Disney's felt-based 3D printer creates soft toys and other squishy things

IDG UK Sites

WWDC 2015: What Apple will launch at WWDC 2015: Apple TV, Macs, more & how to get WWDC tickets