When you are searching for a destination or a location
, you do not necessarily want Google Maps to start from the place where you are now. You may, for example, be away from home but still want to be able to get directions from your house. You may also need directions from work. The My Places option
in Google maps lets you set your home and your work location, which means you are able to quickly access them by typing Home or Work into the directions feature or the search engine, without having to fiddle around with complicated addresses.
Of course, you don’t have to stick with Home or Work. You may want to set somewhere else as a location and use Home or Work for that purpose instead. The main thing is that Google Maps suddenly understands your two most important locations and can work with them for your benefit. When you use Google Maps on Android too, these settings will be available to you – and others will be able to see them when they view your card within the app. They are relatively new settings and we do wonder why they were not implemented in the app much sooner.