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How to Draw Missing Roads on Google Maps

As great as Google Maps is, it’s not infallible. New places and roads are popping up all the time, and sometimes they get overlooked. You can help Google Maps and the community by drawing missing roads yourself….

How to See 3D Walking Directions in Google Maps

The tricky thing with walking directions is that it’s hard for your phone to know which direction you’re looking. Google Maps solves this problem with handy 3D walking directions that overlay navigation instructions onto the …

How to Use Google Maps in Incognito Mode

Private browsing—often called “Incognito Mode”—is a standard feature in web browsers, but it can be useful in other apps, too. Google Maps has an Incognito feature that’s surprisingly powerful. We’ll show you how it works…

How to Download Your Google Maps Data

If you want to create a backup or use a new maps service, you can download your Google Maps data easily. You don’t have to fish through all of your Google account data. Go right to the Google Maps desktop website and export y…

How to Add a Missing Place to Google Maps

There’s no denying that Google Maps is a phenomenal mapping service, but it’s not perfect. Every so often you may discover a place that’s not on Google Maps. You can help improve the service by adding it yourself….

How to Save Your Favorite Places in Google Maps

Google Maps can do so much that it’s easy to miss some of its most useful features. It’s good at remembering the places you frequently visit, but you can also simply save your favorite locations. That way, you always know whe…

How to Start Google Maps in Satellite View

Satellite View is a feature that has been in Google Maps since the service was first released. It can be handy to see a real-world top-down view of any location. We’ll show you how to start in this view by default on Android…

How to Change Your Car Icon in Google Maps

Google Maps has a few quirky little features that can personalize your experience if you know where to find them. For instance, you can change the navigation icon to a car, SUV, or truck. Here’s how.

How to Track Movement of Wildfires on Google Maps

Google Maps shows the location of ongoing wildfires and its movement over time. If you live in an area prone to fires, you can use this feature to track the progress of any dangers that might be heading your way. Here’s how t…

How to Create a Custom Map in Google Maps

You don’t need any special software to create a custom map for yourself or others. Google Maps is all you need, allowing you to add your own pinpoints, shapes, and directions to a custom map. Here’s how….
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