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.

Google My Maps

An increasingly popular feature of Google Maps is the My Maps function, which allows you to create personalised maps with specific points of interest, routes, photos and videos.

You can then share your map with friends or with the wider Google Maps community. You can also search for and navigate along maps created by others. If you are a tourist in a foreign country or simply want to find a new place to go, searching for an existing My Map will allow you to see where others have been and their recommendations.

Find the best restaurant

Google has continued to build upon its database of points of interest and already has an extensive list of restaurants and places to eat categorised by location and cuisine. Of course, having a list of restaurants isn't much help when you don't know which ones are good or not.

Thankfully, Google Maps sources reviews from several websites and its own community to help you. It will provide review abstracts from the top 10 restaurants depending on your search query, and give you easy to access to reviews for those that aren't in the top 10. You also have the chance to review the restaurant yourself.

NEXT PAGE: Adding your business to 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

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

Chromebooks: ready for the prime time (but not for everybody)

IDG UK Sites

Hands-on with Sony's latest smartglasses

IDG UK Sites

The 13 most inspirational Tim Cook quotes