Create custom Google Maps
You may find that standard Google Maps don't show all the infomation you want. With custom Google Maps, you can correct this by building your own plans, complete with directions, marker points
, measurements and
drawins. For example, you may want to create
a map, showing people how to get to your house, a pub or another location.
To create a custom map, go to mymaps.google.com and click 'Create a new map'. This will load a new map view.Use the search box to find the area you want to map,such as your home postcode. Click Untitled on the
left and give your map a name.
Custom additions to a map are handled through layers. A layer can be toggled on and off, updating the map view, and can contain a mixture of different markers. It makes sense to create a layer for each type of
information you want to display because it makes map management easier in the future.
You can also add markers to a layer, highlighting points of interest. Click the balloon icon to select the 'Add marker' tool, then click the map where you want the marker to appear. Enter a name for the marker
and, optionally, a description in the large box underneath. Click Save when you're done.
Dwnload maps to browse offline
Using Google maps while on holidey makes it easy to find your way around an unfamiliar location, but data-roaming costs can make it expensive to use.With a bit of planning,you can use hidden features in Google Maps
to save all your maps and the places you want to visit for viewing offline. First, search for the place you want to view offline
-Lisabon, for example - then pan and zoom around the screen, so you can see the entire area you want save, up to 50 X50km.
Pull up the info panel from the bottom of the screen and tap Download. Note that saved maps ?expire?after 30 days. To stop this happeneing, just open it when you're online to refresh its data.
Send maps to your phone
If you're using the web version of Google Maps to look up a place you want to visit, you can use the 'Send to phone'feature to save you repeating the search on your mobile device.
Search for a pointof interest, aderess or location, then click the marker icon on the map to open th e sidebar. Click the 'Send your phone' link and select your phone in the list. You'll get a
notification on your phone, giving you the option to start navigation, view directios or just view the adress on your phone's map.
Search along your route
Google recently added a feature thet lets you search along your for petrol stations, restaurants, supermarkets and coffe shop. Tap the search icon for the options(although
not when you're driving!). Alternatively, you can say, "OK Google" and ask to see specific stops on your route, for example "Show me petrol stations".